Development Manager, Formulation

Location : Nottingham UK | Type : Full time, permanent

Upperton Pharma Solutions is a Nottingham-based CDMO that specialises in the formulation and spray drying of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, providing a complete service from early-stage feasibility through to development and scale-up (including GMP clinical manufacture). An opportunity has arisen for a Development Manager to join the team.

The Role

Working as part of the Pharmaceutical Sciences team based at Nottingham Science and Technology Park site in Nottingham, you will be part of a busy group working on client and internal scientific research and development projects. Projects are based on many different therapeutics including biologics and small molecules, and delivery routes including pulmonary, nasal and oral.

As a Development Manager you will be responsible for planning, overseeing and reviewing the activities undertaken on projects within R&D, Tech Transfer and GMP, ensuring high standards are met at all times. You will prepare and present data to clients, acting as a subject matter expert on formulation development. A working knowledge of material science/characterisation, API and dosage form testing (e.g. HPLC) and regulatory understanding is desirable to fully support client projects.

You will be directly involved in leading, developing and mentoring a scientific team to achieve project goals and milestones, as well as support their personal development.

Ideal candidates will have at least eight years’ experience in formulation development, ideally in a CDMO environment. Experience in solid dosage formulation development and scale up is essential, with a strong knowledge of the transfer of formulations and processes to a GMP manufacturing environment required.

Essential Criteria

  • Be educated to degree level or higher in a related scientific/technical discipline.
  • Have at least eight years’ experience in formulation development & scale up, ideally in a CDMO environment.
  • Have excellent communication skills (written and verbal), and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to effectively contribute within a team environment and work on own initiative.
  • Understanding of safe working practices and risk assessment within laboratory settings.
  • Experience with line management, mentoring and training of staff.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working within a quality management system
  • Understanding of API characterisation (material sciences, analytical techniques) to support development projects
  • Experience of GMP manufacture
  • Experience of particle engineering (e.g. Spray drying, HME)
  • Some regulatory knowledge to support requirements from a CMC perspective

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Laura Mason, Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences at

Please specify in your cover letter which position you are interested in :- Development Manager, Formulation

No agencies please.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 23rd January 2022