Chemist III

Technical Operations Rochester, Michigan


Job Summary - a concise overview of the job

The Chemist III, under minimal supervision, performs QC laboratory chemical analyses of raw materials, in-process materials, stability and finished products, and testing to support process validation.  Has demonstrated competence in conducting all types of physical and chemical analyses (including complex analyses) using all equipment.  Detects, conducts, and reports on OOS/OOT/NOE and other investigations.  Learns and stays current with regulatory guidances and compendia relevant to laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Participates in troubleshooting analyses and instrumentation.  Trains less senior staff.  

All incumbents are responsible for following applicable Division & Company policies and procedures.

Scope of Authority - span of control (work unit, site, department, division, etc.), monetary value of budget/spend authority ( capital, operating, etc.), P&L responsibility, etc.

Typically supports one Par business, at a single site


Key Accountabilities - key outcomes/deliverables, the major responsibilities, and % of time



% of Time

Analysis & Testing

§  Conducts laboratory analyses according to approved test methods: finished product testing, stability testing, raw material testing, cleaning verification testing and manufacturing in-process testing. Typical activities may include buffer/solution preparation, standard preparation and operating analytical instruments: HPLC, UV-Vis, FT-IR, GC and dissolution tester, melting point apparatus, viscometer, Karl Fischer titrator, pH meter, analytical balance, etc. 

§  Uses laboratory software for analyses

§  Reviews and approves laboratory test data and documentation for completeness and compliance

§  Is alert to and detects abnormalities during performances of tests and reviews. Elevates abnormalities to Supervisor

§  Performs lab methods transfer and participate in method validation/verification studies


Lab Equipment

§  Provides general laboratory support such as routine instrument cleaning/preventative maintenance/calibration, sample receiving, chemical inventory, document filing and housekeeping

§  Cleans lab working surfaces and dispose of any excess chemicals, solutions, solvents, etc. in the special waste containers for each class of waste chemicals

§  Troubleshoots instrument/chromatography problems and identifies improvements/CAPAs



§  Detects, conducts and reports on OOS/OOT/NOE and other investigations

§  Elevates questionable sample results, OOS, and aberrant results immediately to Supervisor and recommends a course of action

§  Writes, edits and reviews SOPs and laboratory investigations



§  Maintains assigned training records current and in-compliance

§  Actively assumes/demonstrates responsibility in training others in good documentation practice, practical lab skills, and chemical theories, methodologies and procedures



§  Performs assigned work in a timely and safe manner conforming to regulatory, company and compendiaI requirements within pharmaceutical manufacturing setting 

§  Document accurately data generated in notebooks/worksheets/LIMS in compliance with SOPs

§  Follows internal processes related to controlled substances



§  Follows EH&S procedures to ensure a safe work environment

§  Follows all applicable safety and standards guidelines, such as SOPs, cGMP, DEA regulations good documentation practice and/or MSDS






Education & Experience

Minimal acceptable level of education, work experience and  certifications required for the job

§  Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field with 4+ years’ relevant analytical laboratory experience OR

§  Master’s Degree in above disciplines with 2+ years’ relevant analytical lab experience


Proficiency in a body of information required for the job   

e.g. knowledge of FDA regulations, GMP/GLP/GCP, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma, etc.

§  Has strong knowledge of laboratory software and has expanded knowledge of chromatographic software (e.g. Waters Empower, Agilent ChemStation and Sotax WinSotax), using custom fields, custom calculations and custom reports

§  Full proficiency with various laboratory techniques/instruments: HPLC, UV-Vis, FT-IR, GC and dissolution tester, melting point apparatus, viscometer, Karl Fischer titrator, pH meter, analytical balance, etc.

§  Thorough knowledge of applicable safety and standards guidelines, such as SOP, cGMP, GLP, DEA regulations and/or MSDS

§  Has demonstrated competence in conducting chemical analyses

§  Strong knowledge of wet chemistry techniques

§  Competency in Microsoft Office Suite




Often referred to as “competencies”, leadership attributes, skills, abilities or behaviors that may be enterprise, functional or job specific   e.g. coaching, negotiation, calibration, technical writing etc.

§  Ability to critically review, analyze data, interpret information, and draw conclusions from relevant or missing information

§  Ability to display and analyze data in a logical manner

§  Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as good computer skills

§  Strong attention to details and accurate record keeping

§  Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others

§  Solid organizational skills

§  Ability to coach less senior staff and develop laboratory skills and ability

§  Ability to take initiative, set priorities and follow through on assignments

Physical Requirements

Physical & mental requirements e.g. lift 40 pounds, walk across plant/warehouse, business travel (% of time), driving as part of work responsibilities, etc.

§  Extended periods of sitting, standing, walking, reaching, climbing/balancing, kneeling/crouching/crawling, looking at monitor for extended periods, moderate noise levels and potential business travel.  Work is in an FDA and DEA-regulated pharma lab environment with risk of exposure to various chemicals

§  Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15-25 lbs.

§  Ability to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators, gloves, etc. 

§  Specific visions abilities are required by this job include close vision and color vision

§  Ability to occasionally tolerate significant differences in temperature and/or humidity for short periods


Disclaimer:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.  Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.