Development Manager

Location : Nottingham UK | Type : Full time, permanent

Development Manager
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 in Nottingham, you will lead a busy group working on client development programmes. Projects are based on many different therapeutics including small molecules and biologics, and delivery routes including oral, nasal and pulmonary.

As a Development Manager, you will be responsible for setting the scientific and technical strategy for client programmes, planning, overseeing and reviewing the activities undertaken on development projects. You will direct the programme from initial R&D, through Technical Transfer to the primary clinical trials manufacture, ensuring high standards are met at all times. You will interface with all departments at Upperton, including Project Management, Analytical Development, Clinical Manufacturing and Quality Assurance.

You will support the scientific teams to present data to clients, providing technical approval where required, and drive successful development programmes. A working knowledge of material science/characterisation, formulation and process development, API and dosage form testing and regulatory understanding is desirable to fully support client projects.

You will lead, develop and mentor a scientific team (both direct and indirect management) to achieve project goals and milestones, as well as support their personal development.

Ideal candidates will have at least eight years’ experience in pharmaceutical development, ideally in a CDMO environment. Experience in solid dosage formulation development and scale up is desirable, 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 pharmaceutical development & scale up, ideally in a CDMO environment
• Have excellent communication skills (written and verbal), and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
• Effective projective management skills
• 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

Closing date for applications: Friday 2nd December 2022

No agencies please

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