Process Chemist (Maternity Cover Contract) required by our client, a world leading FMCG Brand company based in Wexford town. This position will lead monitoring and control of manufacturing in a multi-product / multi-ingredient environment. A key function of this role is process monitoring of manufacturing to assure all products meet and exceed technical and performance specifications including evaluation of laboratory test results and disposition/release of ingredients, intermediates and finished products.  This position is responsible for maintaining and developing the plant Quality and Food Safety Management System acting as a champion for Quality and GMP in the manufacturing environment and leading key programs of the Business Management System. This position will drive continuous improvement in the manufacturing environment leading and supporting the manufacturing teams as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive our zero-defect culture through rigorous adherence to S&OP’s, maintaining GMP and environmental standards, and aggressively identifying and implementing appropriate corrective actions within the plant.
  • Develop a deep understanding of ingredient and product characteristics and. specifications. Evaluate laboratory analysis (including GC results) to determine appropriate disposition of materials and processes in a timely fashion.
  • Taking ownership of manufacturing processes and providing manufacturing instructions to operations.
  • Monitor control points in the manufacturing process to assure that process is in control and capable and troubleshoot issue if necessary.
  • Develop and/or validate manufacturing processes/equipment to ensure capability to meet product specifications reliably and repeatedly.
  • Lead key programs within the Business Management System
  • Develop quality standards, specifications and requirements for primary packaging, processing aids and production consumables in order to ensure quality and integrity of products.
  • Support external audits of certified systems and perform internal audits.
  • Manage the introduction of new ingredients, products and processes (including technology transfer) through the commercialization process and carry out all qualifications as required.
  • Attend and support pre-commercialization test run to ensure production capability.
  • Facilitate and support continuous improvement activities in manufacturing
  • Identify through in process monitoring and trending, cycle times, etc., opportunities for process/productivity improvement
  • Design, conduct and/or review experiments in order to deliver new products; evaluate ingredient, product or packaging safety, evaluate OOS/correct deviations
  • Provide technical support for contingency planning, supply point shifts and new product introductions
  • Work collaboratively with others to accomplish goals  
  • Support the Company Programs and culture within the Company
  • Safeguard and protect all Company information and property
  • Assist in the design, development, roll out and championing of the Quality System
  • Due to the importance of associate flexibility, the successful candidate may be required to carry out other duties in addition to these functions and may be required to work shift.

Skills and Experience

  • Third level degree in a scientific discipline, preferably Chemistry or Applied Chemistry, chemical/process engineering
  • Greater than 4 years’ experience in a regulated process manufacturing environment, i.e., pharma, food and beverage, flavour, fragrance, food ingredients or FMCG
  • Knowledge of Organic Chemistry and ability to interpret analytical results
  • Knowledge of sensory analysis techniques
  • Experience of developing and supporting GMP, hygiene and/or food safety requirements
  • Management (developing and sustaining) of Quality Systems in a GMP environment
  • Experience of NPI and technology transfer
  • Experience of participation in external audit
  • Leading and coordinating internal audit
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication skills; especially presentation skills
  • Initiative
  • Good understanding of SAP, Batching Systems, Processing Equipment and Technical Software
  • Computer literate
  • Effective organization and time management skills
  • Knowledge of Beverage Technology
  • Knowledge of Quality Systems
  • Experience /Knowledge of engineering principals


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