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Title:  Scientist, Extractables

Requisition ID:  61613
Date:  May 25, 2023

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:

In this role, you are responsible for executing testing for both internal and external customers in a cGMP environment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proficient with HPLC, GC-FID, IC and/or ICP-OES, Empower software and routing sample testing methods while following standard operating procedures (SOPs). 
  • Independently complete routing testing projects from initiation through completion with minimum or without supervision.
  • Review protocols and reports as required.
  • Actively participate in and complete all appropriate training tasks in a timely manner. 
  • Provide training on basic established techniques and/or test methods
  • Author basic work instructions, SOPs, and qualification documentation.
  • Participate in and complete simple lab investigations, OOS, and OOT as required.
  • Meet individual and departmental goals and metrics.
  • Make rational and sound decisions at an individual level.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Adhere to established laboratory safety procedures.
  • Follow required cGMP regulations and internal QA procedures.
  • Possess ability to work independently and as part of a team with self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to learn and apply new analytical techniques.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS in Chemistry or related technical degree. 
  • Minimum 3 years in a related field and a cGMP environment.
  • Advanced Degree is preferred.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • cGMP
  • USP/EP and ISO compendia
  • Working knowledge of Extractables and Leachables.
  • Working knowledge of method development and validation on drug product and container closure system.
  • Comfortable in oral and written communication, able to present results and conclusion in both manners.
  • Working knowledge of Mass spectrometry instrument, such as LCMS and GCMS.
  • Able to be aware of all relevant standard operating procedures as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Support and contribute to Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.




Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 5% of the time


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Job-related activities that require a physical activity such as standing in laboratory environment
  • Effective dexterity to operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  
  • Employee may be required to lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) without assistance
  • Job-related activities that require a mental skill or ability such as communication, quick decision making, interpreting data, reading or writing, public speaking, etc. (e.g., Must be able to express or exchange ideas with employees; Must be able to understand direction and adhere to established procedures)









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  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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