Collins McNicholas

Job Purpose:
The purpose of this role is to provide chemistry expertise in delivering technical projects for the Technical Shared Service group.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Provides chemistry element of the prioritised process improvement projects
  • Provides chemistry element of the prioritised 2nd generation improvement projects
  • Provides technical support to product transfers into/out of non-NPI sites and 3rd party sites
  • Supports other groups in a matrix managed environment to support delivery of network priorities
  • Supports and helps define knowledge management standards for chemistry in the network

Quality Responsibilities:

  • Read and understand all relevant Quality Management System documents and Operating Procedures relevant to your job role.
  • Perform duties in a compliant manner and behave in accordance with our Quality Management System requirements to ensure cGMP standards are maintained
  • Participate fully in our quality initiatives and attend training and complete assessments as required.

EHS Responsibilities:

  • Read and understand the EHS Systems documents and Operating Procedures relevant to your job role.
  • Ensure risk assessments, risk communication and action planning are completed in accordance with our Risk Management System (RMS)
  • Ensure that all incidents and accidents are reported to determine root cause and that any subsequent CAPA’s are closed out in a timely manner.
  • Lead by example to demonstrate the right EHS behaviours and encourage others to improve our safety culture

Role Requirements:

  • Proven experience in working within multidisciplinary teams in support of API manufacturing to achieve successful delivery of projects
  • Proven ability to engage, negotiate with and influence managers and stakeholders across discipline, functional and geographical boundaries
  • Self-starter with strong self-management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Capability to assess and meet customer demands to create effective business solutions
  • Proven ability to drive for and deliver results – SLA focus
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and innovatively combined with willingness to challenge
  • Proven resilience skills in a previous role
  • Demonstration of the use of OE and other investigative and business tools that supports embedding of an OE culture – at least OE Advocate trained
  • Strong technical skills. Must be a graduate in chemistry and/or a demonstrated track record in the Pharmaceutical Industry in a technical role. (PhD or masters in organic chemistry preferable)
  • Demonstrated excellent laboratory skills including working knowledge of EHS, GMP and Quality standards
  • Self-sufficient in key analytical methods ie. HPLC & NMR
  • Strong technical knowledge depth in all aspects of API support from laboratory through to plant application with considerable experience in process development, DoE & process scale up.
  • Proficient in organic synthesis and demonstrated ability in solving complex problems
  • Excellent presentation & report writing skills
  • Awareness of statistics and its application
  • Awareness of process engineering and its application eg. Unit operations, compatibility, control, commissioning
  • Understanding of key strategic technologies and their application to API manufacture and understanding of where their application can deliver business benefit
  • Developing knowledge of current and emerging Regulatory Strategies (Quality by Design, GMP for 21st century, ICH Q7, Q8, Q9) for API
  • Knowledge of core secondary unit operations
  • Knowledge of consumer healthcare function


For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Rory Walsh on 021 4911063 or email

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