Lead Chemist Job

Date: Apr 4, 2018

Location: Singapore, SG

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Requisition ID: QUA006468

  • Responsible for planning, scheduling and performing laboratory testing of raw materials, packaging components, excipients, in-process control samples, intermediates, semi-finished products, final drug substances and finished products manufactured in API West, Biotech, Pharm West and Pharm South Facilities.

  • Responsible for ensuring the analytical methods / specifications used are in accordance with requirements specified in MSD Quality Standards, regulatory dossiers and pharmacopoeia.

  • Manage the calibration, maintenance and qualification of laboratory equipment.

  • Conduct laboratory investigation on laboratory equipment failure, OOT and OOS.

  • Responsible for testing of developmental and clinical products as required.

  • Participate in analytical developmental activities as required.

Other responsibilities include: 

  • Perform analytical testing on incoming raw materials, packaging components and excipients.

  • Carry out testing activities associated with release and stability testing of the in-process control samples, intermediates, semi-finished products, final drug substances & finished products.

  • Ensure tests assigned are performed in a timely manner in compliance to Standard Operating procedures with necessary laboratory safety precautions.

  • Carry out cleaning sample testing related to any equipment or facility cleaning activities.

  • Co-ordinate with respective IPT facilities on the timing of drug substances change-over.

  • Perform second person verification of other analysts’ work.

  • Liaise and coordinate with external service providers in carrying out calibration/maintenance of lab equipment and tools when necessary.

  • Carry out lab equipment calibration and proper documentation of all instruments in laboratories.

  • Closely work with supervisor on the requirements of swabbing samples and to identify the appropriate sampling location and take swab samples for testing.

  • Participate in analytical method transfer / validation and equipment Qualifications when necessary.

  • Perform periodic reviews of existing cleaning method validation package & procedure, and to implement corrective actions for the periodic reviews.

  • Assist in writing protocol to support method transfer/validation, compendial method verification and equipment qualifications when necessary.

  • Conduct in Laboratory investigation using 5 whys & fishbone to identify the root cause and its report writing. Ensure laboratory related actions are effectively implemented within agreed time frame, to continually improve processes, prevent waste, and eliminate rework.

  • Provides inputs to new Quality Standards and Standard Analytical Tests; implementing new Quality Standards once approved and obsoleting previous revisions

  • Revise and write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to reflect the current practice and ensuring that the current level of standard are met.

  • Oversee Annual Product Review to ensure that the activities are completed by the required timelines

  • Perform and maintain an acceptable level of good laboratory housekeeping.

  • Maintain inventory and control in-house stock, reference standards, chemical reagents, and consumables and ensure that there are sufficient stocks for testing.

  • Identify and execute laboratory efficiency improvement tasks, e.g., Kaizen.

  • Facilitate training of new recruits and generate the necessary training records and Analyst Qualification and Re-qualification Form (AQRF) for the trainee.

  • Revise and write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to reflect the current practice and ensuring that the current level of standard are met.

  • Assist in responding to queries raised by regulatory agencies pertaining to analytical standards and methods.

  • Assist in periodic review of laboratory procedures and ensure that current practices and standards are incorporated and reflected in the procedures.

  • Responsible for release of batch results

  • Supports Laboratory related metrics analysis and reporting

  • Ensure all staff are appropriately trained and qualified to execute the duties assigned to them with respect to job, cGMP, GLP and SHE expectations as defined in the training matrix

  • Schedule periodic review of test procedure to ensure the test methods and specifications are in line with current requirement specified in MSD Quality Standards, regulatory dossiers and pharmacopoeia.

  • Work closely with global compendial group in reviewing of compendial changes and revise site test procedure and specification if necessary.

  • Review of all the tests datasheet / worksheet records to ensure that the testing results are within SPC limits and meet Product Specification.

  • Participate in SHE, Business Compliance, cGMP and all other compliance-related matters, where applicable.

  • Schedules routine testing and liaises within IPTs organization for priority testing and resource planning for testing I other activities pertaining to laboratory functions.

  • Executes technical laboratory investigations and analyze any analytical failures. Ensure timely closure to committed corrective actions.

  • Assists laboratory manager in day to day laboratory operation to ensure all business and compliance requirements are met.

  • Acts as back-up to lab manager and participates in daily tier 2 walkthroughs.

  • Performs special projects or activities to support IPTs and department objectives such as new production introduction, method transfer and method validation.

  • Leads in executing continuous improvement projects (A3 project) to improve Laboratory efficiency and cost savings.

  • Provides support to other lab function when necessary.

  • Bachelor Degree in Chemistry/ Biochemistry.

  • Prior working experience is preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in pharmaceutical analysis is preferred.

  • Demonstrable experience and competency in Particle size analyzer, GC, HPLC, Karl Fischer Titrator, spectroscopic and wet chemistry testing is preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of sound scientific principles, theories, techniques and skills.

  • Technical competency in analytical troubleshooting.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of cGMP, GLP, and associated regulatory expectations related to Pharmaceutical Analytical Testing and Release.

  • Potential to teach and coach the team on technical and business process elements of analytical testing.

  • High level of independence with day to day staff leadership, performance management and development.

Job: Quality Lab Related
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Employee Status: Regular
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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