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Associate Scientist

Requisition ID:  34746
Date:  May 6, 2021

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Laboratory



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

The Scientist will independently provide analytical support for internal and external customers in a GMP environment.  This role will be 1st and 2nd shift work. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform analysis using various techniques including established and experimental test methods. 
  • Use instrumentation both qualitatively and quantitatively where appropriate.  Independently troubleshoot instrumentation
  • Manage projects from protocol to final report. 
  • Train and certify analysts as appropriate. 
  • Develop and validate methods.
  • Keep current with new analytical technology.
  • Possess ability to work independently and as part of a team with self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude.
  • Prepare technical reports based on data from multiple analysts utilizing multiple analytical techniques.
  • Prepare work instructions, SOPs, and qualification documentation.
  • Prepare lab study designs and prepare study plans and protocols.
  • Interact with internal and external clients as needed. 
  • Willingness to learn and apply new analytical techniques.
  • Perform lab investigations, OOS, and OOT as required.
  • Serve as a role model for positive leadership.
  • Meet individual and departmental goals as required.
  • Apply required cGMP regulations and internal QA procedures
  • Adhere to established laboratory safety procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in chemistry or closely related field. 
  • 1 – 3 Years of experience of GMP testing, analytical testing, and instrumentation


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Awareness and understanding of the following (all skills not mandatory but preferred):
  • Particle Testing (Clemex)
  • Testing of drug containment devices and pharmaceutical packaging
  • Method development and validation
  • cGMP, FDA, ISO etc. Regulations
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.
  • Able to follow directions, prioritize tasks, and work independently. 
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office tools and capable to learn other software programs.
  • Able to review regulatory code and learn safety standards.
  • Occasionally come in earlier than their normal afternoon start time


Physical and Travel Requirements

  • Travel:  Minimal
  • Physical: Must be able to stand for long periods of time. 







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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