Director of Formulation & Transfer

Highly Competitive Salary
  1. Permanent
  2. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
  3. United States
Hunt Valley, USA
Posting date: 29 Aug 2023

Proclinical is seeking a Director of Formulation & Transfer for a leading pharmaceutical company located in Hunt Valley, MD.

The Director of Formulation & Transfer will provide technical guidance to the R&D and tech transfer team to ensure transferability of formulations to the GMP environment for all products from pre-clinical to commercialization. The director will also lead a team of formulation associates to ensure successful formulation of bulk product.

Must be eligible to work in the US.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to Formulation Associates of various levels. Responsibilities include hiring, managing, motivating, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Ensure oversight and leadership of Formulation across all shifts, including weekend support as needed.
  • Manage API/Excipients weigh/dispense/production suites, clean/sterile assembly preparation, cleaning and sanitization of production suites and raw material sampling and dispensing.
  • Drive the design, acquisition, and implementation of new formulation technologies.
  • Support Tech transfer team with the transfer of new APIs, excipients, or raw materials.
  • Work closely with R&D and the tech transfer team to support the development of formulations to ensure transferability into GMP environment, adequately and compliantly.
  • Lead routine formulation activities, including day-to-day scheduling for timely formulations.
  • Ensure accurate documentation of data and completion of batch records as needed.
  • Perform and train other employees in Formulation Operations.
  • Ensure personnel is trained on all applicable procedures and master batch records prior to execution.
  • Initiate revisions to cGMP procedures, and master batch records.
  • Lead and/or participate in problem solving of formulation challenges with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identify and implement formulation and process improvements with R&D team for new and existing products.
  • Interface with auditors, including client representatives and regulatory agencies.
  • Support Agency, customer, and vendor audit as needed.
  • Exhibit professional behavior with both internal/external business associates that reflects positively on the company and is consistent with the company's policies and practices.
  • Lead development of standards including system, tools, and templates across site for technology transfer through validation related activities.
  • Promote knowledge management and sharing of best practices related to tech transfer, formulation development and validation across sites.
  • Use sound judgment and data analysis skills to resolve problems and make routine and advanced decisions independently.
  • Prepares CMC section content for applicable regulatory submissions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Requirements:

  • A degree (Bachelor to Ph.D.) in a related field with a minimum of 8 years relatable experience, or equivalent combination of education, training and professional experience that provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Strong formulation background is required.
  • Experience working in the aseptic manufacturing industry is preferred.
  • Solid technical background across a variety of scientific disciplines and fundamentals (manufacturing process technologies, biopharmaceutical best practices, lyophilization, formulation development, validation, statistical analysis, regulatory submissions, etc.)
  • Experience in managing scientists/engineers in a fast paced, challenging environment.
  • Strong knowledge of lean principles in a manufacturing environment with successful application experience
  • Diverse and demonstrated technical knowledge with strong risk management mindset.
  • Strong technical and communication skills: oral/written and listening.
  • Personal Competencies: Self-awareness, Integrity, Team Player, Adaptability
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of management and leadership effectiveness.
  • Fundamental understanding of budget management including both OPEX and CAPEX forecasting and planning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accommodate non-routine work schedules, and be able to respond to call-ins.
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish good working relationships with other departments, including vendors, colleagues, and subordinates.
  • Demonstrates the appropriate technical knowledge necessary to make sound decisions on development issues with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze data and information and assess and resolve complex problems/issues as required.
  • Must be able to comprehend and follow all applicable SOPs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience with electronic Quality Management Systems such as MasterControl and Trackwise.
  • Demonstrate solid understanding of the current federal, local, and international regulations regarding the production, testing, and release of drug substances and products.
  • Demonstrate good understanding of cGMPs, industry, and regulatory standards and guidelines.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Microsoft programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Teams, Outlook, etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to portray the appropriate level of integrity and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with management, staff, regulators, and client representatives in written and verbal formats.
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete tasks accurately and according to established and shifting timelines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make quality scheduling, resource allocation, and priorities decisions.
  • Energetic, execution-focused, self-motivated, and organized individual who is accustomed to working in a deadline-focused, high-pressure entrepreneurial environment.
  • Results-oriented and efficient.
  • Creative and open-minded who fosters an environment in which sharing of ideas is encouraged.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work closely with a diverse customer and employee base (internally and externally).
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Must communicate fluently in English and have legible handwriting.
  • Ability to travel between and within facilities to visit staff, operations, and projects, as needed.
  • Ability to sit, stand, climb stairs, and climb ladders to mezzanines (when necessary).
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds on occasion.
  • Ability to use PPE (safety shoes, goggles, respirators, gloves, etc. when necessary).

If you are having difficulty in applying or if you have any questions, please contact Jessika Rodriguez at +(1) 617-391-0929 or

Proclinical is a specialist employment agency and recruitment business, providing job opportunities within major pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Proclinical Staffing is an equal opportunity employer.