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Position Title:

Principal Scientist, Package Development




5 or more years of experience


Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices

Salary Range:


Targeted Bonus Range:



B.S. Degree in Packaging or equivalent


Up to 15%

Reports to:

Team Head, Formulations and Process Development R&D

Direct Reports:

Will not have any direct reports


Yes – Strong Package


Looking for someone with strong research and development experience on sterile drug and drug/device combination primary packaging, as they will specifically be serving projects in the ophthalmic, parenteral and topical platforms. 


Company Overview:  Founded in 1945 this company has become a leader in their field through a combination of innovative research and development, strategic acquisitions, and partnerships with renowned third-party organizations.  They operate in more than 75 countries, serving 180 markets and employ more than 24,000 people. Continued growth has resulted in the need for a Principal Scientist, Packaging Development.

Position: The Principal Scientist, Package Development will design, plan, perform, interpret and report results of scientific experiments for the preparation and timely delivery of primary packaging, processes and procedures. He, or she will lead and manage all project/local network activities, support/coach team members, participate in sub-teams and contribute to overall GDD Packaging/Device strategies and goals.


·        Actively participate in teams, projects, networks and/or platforms.

·        Actively contribute to team goals. Fulfill related tasks and responsibilities related to own discipline and ensure all own activities are aligned with overall drug development process.

·        Provide strategic and scientific contribution to Networks, with target achievements according to network charter and objectives. Interpret results, evaluate data, draw relevant conclusions, and write reports.

·        Contribute to risk analyses and/or peer review and process challenge meetings. Interact/collaborate with Research and/or other functions in Development to facilitate transfer of knowledge and deliveries primary packaging or medical devices.

·        Proactively support generation of international registration documents, including interaction with authorities where appropriate. Generate appropriate scientific documents to hand over to internal and/or external agencies or partners.

·        Proactively communicate key issues and any other critical topics in a timely manner to the appropriate management level and/or to any other relevant project team member(s). Proactively contribute to setting, updating and monitoring of team goals.

·        Translate team goals into daily work. Coach team members and support objectives setting, performance evaluations and development planning discussions where appropriate. Support the journey towards a multi-skilled, highly innovative and motivated workforce operating in a self-directed team set-up.

·        Engage and drive culture change consistent with GDD values and objectives. Consistently demonstrate good change management practices to protect product quality.

·        Ensure quality, quantity and timelines in all assigned projects, networks and/or platforms. Work according to appropriate SOPs, GMP, GLP, DQP, QM, HSE, ISEC & Company Guidelines. Provide quality documentation and assessments in a timely manner.

·        Actively participate in budget forecast, grant preparation and tracking of invoices. Demonstrate cost awareness in all assigned projects and/or networks. Contribute to evaluation of new scientific technologies/equipment and prepare CAR and USR if applicable.


Education:  Requires a BS or equivalent in Packaging, Engineering or applicable discipline. Desirable to have an advanced degree (MS) in a scientific or relevant discipline.

Experience:  Requires a minimum of 5 or more years of packaging experience in the Pharmaceutical or Medical Device industry developing solutions and leading packaging and/or device programs.  Familiarity with medical device directives and standards can be beneficial for the products which must be registered as drug/device combinations, but it is desirable rather than mandatory.  The role will have very limited interaction with secondary/tertiary packaging or commercial packaging equipment.

Desired Skills: 

  • Thorough understanding of development processes in primary packaging and medical device development.
  • Ability to work in and/or lead teams.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong knowledge of relevant SOP, GLP, GMP and Company regulations and policies.
  • Very good communication skills.
  • Good presentation skills and scientific/technical writing skills.
  • Advanced coaching skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of laboratory and/or technical tools.
  • Good knowledge of software and computer tools.
  • Profound literature search skills.
  • May require up to 15% travel.

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