Senior Development Chemist Job

Date: May 5, 2019

Location: Tipperary, IE

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Requisition ID: PRO018669

Are you ready to Invent, Impact, Inspire?

Join MSD and shape the future of healthcare in Ireland


At MSD Ireland, we are committed to ‘Inventing for Life’ in all that we do. We keep the patient at the very heart of all that we do and strive to find solutions and treatments for some of the world’s most challenging healthcare needs.


MSD Ireland is one of the country’s leading healthcare companies, having first established here over 50 years ago.
We currently employ over 1,700 employees, across four sites in Ballydine, Co Tipperary, Brinny, Co Cork, Carlow and Dublin and, in addition, operate substantial Human Health and Animal Health businesses.
In total to date, we have invested $2.5 billion in our Irish operations and our annual turnover ranks us as one of Ireland’s top 20 companies. Currently, our Irish sites manufacture approximately half of MSD’s top twenty products, saving and enhancing lives in over sixty countries around the world.
With almost 70,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, you will be joining one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

MSD Ballydine develops and supplies the active ingredients and final formulated product for a range of innovative medicines at its manufacturing and R&D facilities. The plant, which has been operating in Tipperary for over 40 years, exports to over 25 countries around the world with primary markets being Europe, USA and Japan.
Our highly-skilled local workforce of 500 employees is now leading the way in the development of new medicines, including MSD’s treatment for hepatitis C, which is being manufactured in Tipperary for patients around the world.
MSD Ballydine’s existing portfolio and future pipeline offers team members the opportunity to operate at the cutting-edge of science and technology, and develop new treatments that positively impact patients across the globe.


• Support and Lead the development of Phase III chemistry processes and the launch of the resulting new products and their continuous supply. .
• Working with leading scientists from our labs and research and commercialisation facilities in the USA
a. In the development of robust synthetic routes for late stage clinical or commercial active ingredients through working in our lab
b. In addition, working on new chemistries and new technologies during the initial process development of new products for commercial scale in our labs.
c. Providing dynamic support to manufacturing operations on site and off site through process maintenance, troubleshooting and process development.
d. Providing technical and chemistry support as leading Chemist in technology transfers to other sites.

1. Responsible for process research and development on new Drug Substances and ensuring developed processes are in compliance with the filings. Provide assistance in the preparation of new drug applications and annual filing updates. Act lead Chemist for new product introduction or technology transfers.
2. Lead the identification of improvement opportunities and the development of the process along with the documention of same through a Change Control process with laboratory work where appropriate and generation of validation documentation and assist in the management of the process validation.
3. Applies fundamental scientific principles and business knowledge to develop and execute on small improvement/ maintenance projects e.g. Process Changes for basic source change.
4. Provide technical support and expertise to production during processing. This involves monitoring of key campaign parameters (yield/ quality) and taking appropriate action where necessary. This involves making real time technical assessments and determining the pathforward when deviations occur, documenting the investigation.
5. Defining efficient cleaning processes and documenting in the cleaning technical assessment for new products.
6. Support project assignments as required, for example shift support, Kaizen assignments. Effectively utilises LSS tools to resolve process issues.
7. Ensuring all laboratory work is conducted in a safe and clean environment. This involves ensuring all GMPs, Housekeeping rules and safety guidelines are adhered to including ensuring lab and waste risk assessments are available prior to lab work. May be responsible for maintenance of laboratory equipment and maintenance/ upkeep of laboratory batch sheets for assigned processes.
8. Independently prepares and completes assigned documentation and reports required to support plant operations, tech transfer and regulatory filings. Authors brief milestone reports to facilitate knowledge management.
9. Gives internal presentations and talks. Seeks guidance from support groups, department experts, where appropriate. Able to interpret, understand and apply data provided by support groups (i.e. ADC, EPSE, Quality etc). Provides technical input (data and interpretation) for plant preparations; integrates observations.
10. Collaborate with commercialization partners (CERD/CCTO, Pharm, Process Research, Operations) to support piloting and launch of new products.



Reports to the Director Engineering.




General / Technical

  • Have a PhD in organic chemistry with significant relevant experience in process research and development in a pharmaceutical environment.

People / Education

  • Have excellent communication skills both verbal and written with a proven track record of working in cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams.

So, if you are ready to:

INVENT solutions to meet unmet healthcare needs

IMPACT the future by joining MSD, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies

INSPIRE your team to reach their full potential and push the boundaries of science and technology



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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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