Technical Manager, Derms & Inhalations, Open to flexible working

Barnard Castle, Durham
28 Apr 2021
11 May 2021
Contract Type

GSK have a challenging and inspiring mission: to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

In the heart of rural Teesdale, the GSK site at Barnard Castle is a key member of the Pharma Supply Chain (PSC) organisation producing some of the world's leading dermatological, sterile and inhaled medicines for a wide range of diseases.

The New Product Introduction and Process Technology (NPI-PT) team at GSK's Barnard Castle site is critical to ensuring the site's complex manufacturing processes are controlled and robust for all dose forms across the Inhalations, Dermatologicals, Steriles and Biopharms Business Units.

NPI-PT grows and maintains the pipeline of products at Barnard Castle as a PSC lead site for NPI delivery, technical mastery and world class process performance aimed at simplification, standard platforms and increasing efficiency.

We are currently seeking an Inhalations and Dermatologicals Technical Manager to provide Technical Leadership & support to the Business Unit through definition of strategic objectives, action plans and ways of working for:

  • Product & Process Development
  • Resolution of day to day technical issues
  • Product & Process Improvements
  • New Product Introduction.

You'll lead and motivate a multidisciplinary team of Platform Experts, Product Family Owners & Process Technologists ensuring the technical competencies and capabilities are maintained within an emerging technical environment. In this high impact role, you'll need depth and breadth of technical expertise in dermatological and inhaled dose forms and a strong understanding of all regulatory standards to ensure compliance within your team, as well as for the site.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Development of the technical skill base of the Inhalations and Dermatologicals Team, maintaining current competency with regulatory standards and new technologies through coaching, mentoring, succession planning and recruitment.
  • Use product lifecycle management, data collection and trending methods to understand and predict the impact of variability in excipients, drug substances, environmental conditions, equipment conditions and manual operations on the quality of products produced at the site.
  • Ensuring that "first principles" scientific understanding of the manufacturing and analytical process for site products is developed and maintained over the product supply chain.
  • Continually monitoring and evaluating process capabilities using data from multiple sources to define appropriate action plans that continually enhance technical process capability for the whole site.
  • Analysis of multiple sources of data to support day to day trouble shooting for a variety of manufacturing processes and products (including creams, ointments and liquid inhalation processes). You'll need strong knowledge of these plus analytical experience and data interpretation methods.
  • Where required working in partnership with the New Product Introduction teams to:
    • Identify the Critical Quality Attributes (CQA) for all new and existing products and develop the associated Critical Process Parameters (CPP) to ensure appropriate control systems are in place to ensure predictable and stable process operations.

To be considered for this role you will be educated to degree level in a related field with significant breadth and depth of technical experience within the Pharmaceutical (or FMCG) Industry (e.g. R&D, Technical Transfer, Manufacturing), preferably with an engineering bias.

You will have the ability to understand the impact of material changes on manufacturability of multiple dosage forms with knowledge of structured problem-solving approaches used for all product and process issues.

Having a strong understanding of statistical and data interpretation and how it can be used for process improvement you'll be able to demonstrate the ability to apply rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems and come up with effective solutions

Closing date for applications Tuesday 11th May

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.

When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the on-line application to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. Thank you for your interest in this opportunity. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

Essential Skills


  • Solid interpersonal skills, team working, performance management, staff development and coaching experience.
  • Ability to plan, organise, control and co-ordinate work under pressure. Clearly and comfortably delegates tasks and broadly shares responsibility and accountability.
  • Provides challenging and stretching tasks for team and recognised as a people builder. Provides current, direct, complete and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others.
  • Runs participative meetings and processes that get the whole team motivated. Creates a good impression with others.

Technical Experience

  • Considerable technical experience within the area of pharmaceutical secondary production and manufacture. This would probably be obtained from several years work experience within a relevant industrial environment.
  • Demonstrated experience and proven application of, manufacturing and technical understanding over the dosage form range. Keen to learn new skills; enthusiastic and motivated
  • Sound understanding of GSK business/product and processes including GMP with experience of external regulatory inspections; new product introduction; process and technology transfer; project management and planning; quality systems; method validation; EHS regulations; change management and financial accountability.
  • Logical and analytical approach to problem solving; technically minded. An ability to solve problems and come up with ideas and solutions relating to issues faced.
  • Understanding and application of product lifecycle management within role. OE green belt or equivalent.

Why GSK?

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When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living GSK's values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. And in return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive. Put simply, it's about you being motivated to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.

Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers.

When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the online application or your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application

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