Associate Principal Scientist or Principal Scientist

Hoddesdon, ENG

We are seeking an experienced Associate Principal Scientist or Principal Scientist to lead the Late-Stage Analytical Chemistry team.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in analytical chemistry and experience in developing and validating analytical methods to support drug development and commercialisation. As a key member of the scientific team, you will work collaboratively to support the development of life-changing medicines that have the potential to make a significant impact on patients' lives.

Our client is a leading pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people around the world. Their mission is to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines that help patients live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. They are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where employees can thrive and contribute their unique skills and perspectives.

Strong proficiency in multiple chromatography methods, such as HPLC, UPLC, chiral HPLC, GC, SFC, IC, and LC-MS, as well as other analytical techniques commonly used for characterising APIs, is expected, along with a background in Analytical Chemistry.


  • Lead a team of analytical chemists in the development, optimisation, and validation of analytical methods to support drug development and commercialisation.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support the development of drug products and ensure timely and accurate delivery of analytical data.
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to project teams on analytical chemistry issues related to method development, validation, and transfer.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of regulatory requirements and industry trends related to analytical chemistry.
  • Manage and mentor team members to foster their professional development and growth.


  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry or related field with years of relevant industry experience (or MSc or a BSc degree with substantial years of relevant industry experience).
  • Experience in developing and validating analytical methods for drug substance and drug product characterisation, stability testing, and release testing.
  • Strong knowledge of regulatory requirements (e.g., FDA, EMA, ICH) related to analytical method validation and transfer.
  • Experience managing and leading teams.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.


  • Competitive salary, a generous benefits package, performance-based bonus, excellent training, and development.
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays.
  • Private Medical Insurance, including the optical and dental cover.
  • Employer pension contribution.

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