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As a world leading pharmaceutical healthcare company, GSK plays a fundamental role in helping people to do more, feel better and live longer. We are currently seeking an experienced Automation & Analytical Platforms Specialist with a proven track record of driving innovation and technology development to lead the modernization within GSKs Analytical Platforms & Platform Modernization (APPM) team within Product Development & Supply (PDS) of Medicinal Science & Technology (MST). The successful individual will occupy a key position in the current organization and will be expected to work across boundaries and disciplines to realize the goals of APPM within R&Ds PDS and Biopharm PDS (BPDS) groups. The successful candidate will support the delivery and modernization efforts of current and future walk up analytical platforms and automation systems, as well as identifying and developing new opportunities for deployment. By collaborating closely with colleagues within MST, the successful individual will drive the support, training, development, and delivery of user-friendly walk-up analytical platforms, key automation platforms, and next-generation digital technologies within the organization that drive efficiencies that significantly improve the workflows to ultimately benefit the patient.
The successful candidates key responsibilities will be to:
Provide rapid hands-on support, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis of errors of Platform instruments to maximize uptime and minimize human effort required to support the Platforms across Upper Providence (UP) and Upper Merion (UM) GSK facilities (Flexibility to travel between (UP & UM will be required)
Design, build, and optimize the use of standardized measurement systems and laboratory processes (the Platform) using fundamental concepts in analytical chemistry and/or lean work practices
Evaluate and integrate new analytical technologies and/or software into the Platform where there is a clear benefit to implementation
Identify bottlenecks, and/or systematically evaluate and/or assess root causes of errors in the laboratory, discriminating between inefficiencies arising from human, software, hardware, firmware, and/or chemical sources.
Deliver automated and/or digital solutions to eliminate common failure modes
Be responsible for the technical support, transfer, implementation, and/or management of Platform analytical methods
To develop a strong understanding of GSK business areas in order to identify opportunities to solve unmet needs
Network independently across GSK to identify key users and stakeholders for identified projects
To present on applications within a variety of settings to key stakeholders
To produce a variety of key documentation, including project proposals and/or articles suitable for publication
Act as a technical resource for the APPM team, acting as a mentor, and fielding questions within the roles expertise. When required, to act as a technical representative in various meetings to evaluate potential solutions
To stay informed of upcoming technologies by attending and/or potentially presenting at technical conferences and/or liaising with internal and external collaborators
BSc in Analytical/Bio Chemistry, Biotechnology, Engineering, or equivalent with 2+ years experience working in a pharmaceuticals, biopharm, or product development environment
Experience in HPLC/UPLC separations (RP, IEX, SEC) utilizing variety of detection techniques, including chromatography system maintenance /troubleshooting and/or HPLC method development.
A proficient understanding and application of laboratory automation
Broad knowledge of commercially available automation and/or digital solutions and vendors
Strong people, organizational, and communication skills (both written and oral), with the ability to liaise with colleagues and collaborators at all levels
Ability to work within project timelines
Basic understanding of GxP requirements
Strong desire to learn and develop new skills
Strong Teamwork skills
Good communication skills and ability build relationships
Contribute to the ongoing development of colleagues
Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and a pragmatic approach to problem solving
Passionate personality and positive attitude; Ability to build relationships
Ability to commonly travel between sites (Upper Providence and Upper Merion)
Advanced degree in Analytical/Physical or Bio Chemistry, Biotechnology, Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent with 5+ years experience working in a pharmaceuticals, biopharm, or product development environment
Experience applying analytical chemistry scientific principles and techniques to support CMC activities
and experience in the analysis of proteins and/or peptides
Experience with HPLC related software packages such as Empower and/or ChemStation
Experience in small and/or large molecule processes and methodologies
Ability to generate, collate, critically analyze/review and/or draw conclusions from complex experimental data
Experienced in use of automation for preparation and analysis of samples and interrogation and processing of analytical data
Hands-on experience implementing automated laboratory solutions and workflows including, but not limited to: configuration, troubleshooting, and/or method programming
Experience in identifying solutions around automated platforms (including individual components such as programming liquid handlers), experience with Hamilton systems is a plus
The individual can work with minimal supervision and/or is seen as a subject matter expert
Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.
These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
Operating at pace and agile decision-making using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk. Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution. Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning. Sustaining energy and well-being Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations. Budgeting and cost-consciousness
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