Principal Chemist

CordenPharma Colorado
Colorado (US)
Job #1918

CordenPharma Colorado
Job #1918

Colorado (US)

CordenPharma Colorado

CordenPharma Colorado is a highly sophisticated and entrepreneurial mid-sized pharmaceutical manufacturing company located in Boulder, Colorado. Our chemists and engineers are widely recognized for their history of innovation, having developed efficient manufacturing processes for some of the world’s most complex pharmaceutical compounds. CordenPharma Colorado also is acclaimed for its flexible manufacturing facilities and experienced workforce that can handle a wide range of production techniques and volumes. Ultimately, in partnership with our customers, CordenPharma Colorado is focused on its health care mission, proudly producing medicines that help patients around the globe survive and enjoy more comfortable lives.


Responsible for providing strong technical leadership and documentation support for development and manufacturing processes.  Responsible for the planning and execution of multi step syntheses from laboratory to full commercialization.  Emphasis is on the creative application of a full range of literature and theoretical concepts from a diverse range of chemistry to the design and implementation of cost-effective processes for the manufacture of Corden pharmaceuticals.  Works within a team-oriented environment with professionals from a variety of disciplines.  Conducts research, analysis, synthesis, experimentation and documentation for such purposes as process development, implementation, registration, validation and process improvement.

Other duties may be assigned.

  • >> Ensures that the chemistry is capable of meeting cost, yield, throughput and QEH&S goals on assigned processes.
  • >> Leads large and/or multiple teams to accomplish the development, transfer or implementation of technology at a lab or plant scale.
  • >> Develops and supports scalable processes and provides technical expertise and support during lab or plant operations.
  • >> Responsible for supplying management with specific project data to facilitate the budgeting process for the development, transfer or implementation of technology.
  • >> Develops and executes procedures, processes and methods for solutions to chemical and technical problems on lab and plant scale.
  • >> Conducts research and development in order to improve manufacturing processes.


Demonstrates positive attitude.  Supports a positive, healthy and flexible work environment that encourages employees and coworkers to develop their full potential and expand their horizons.  Leads team in the development, troubleshooting, transfer and improvement of chemical and analytical processes.  Gives regular reports to and actively solicits feedback from management.


Every individual is personally responsible for the safety and environmental aspects of his or her activities in the workplace. Each employee is expected to perform their job duties in a safe manner utilizing all of their knowledge, training, ability and experience.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in chemistry and at least one year of postdoctoral experience, preferably specializing in synthetic organic synthesis plus five years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and analytical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


Ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory. Ability to work with concepts such as limits, quadratic and exponential equations, and proofs of theorems.


Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.  Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.  Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


Domestic and international travel required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to work with hands; reach above shoulder height; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and low levels of toxic or caustic chemicals.  The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


These are the specific areas of knowledge, skill and ability that are important for successful job performance. They must be job related and consistent with business necessity.

  • >> Demonstrates a positive attitude
  • >> Maintain a well documented record of work performed in a laboratory notebook, laboratory reports, and campaign reports
  • >> Experience in the synthesis and purification of peptides
  • >> Has working knowledge of all plant-scale unit operations, scale-up, and plant design considerations
  • >> Understanding of chemical reactivity, potential exotherms, cross reactivity, side products and waste streams, especially for processes he/she supports
  • >> Regularly seeks out new learning opportunities beyond basic skills that can result in innovative approaches to technical issues
  • >> Demonstrates clear understanding of technical issues and the requirements of a viable manufacturing process; has demonstrated independent support on multiple (not necessarily simultaneous) processes
  • >> Identifies areas where change /continuous improvement is beneficial to the business, and successfully defends and implements projects
  • >> Assumes reasonable risk in trying out new, self-generated ideas
  • >> Proactive approach to problem identification and resolution
  • >> Communicates effectively in writing and verbally within and across departments and to site management; updates are clear, selective and effective
  • >> Ability to understand and apply statistical design of experiments and draw sound conclusions from the results; uses results when solving problems, or proposing improvements
  • >> Ability to provide leadership in all process chemistry aspects of manufacturing processes; leads teams in the development, transfer, trouble-shooting, and improvement of chemical processes in interactive, interdisciplinary team environment
  • >> Seeks out opportunities to learn manufacturing needs and methods that facilitates substantial process improvements; acquires new skills in state-of-the art technology and applies it to their assignments
  • >> Demonstrates skills in negotiation and influencing others
  • >> Thorough working knowledge of regulatory issues in pharmaceutical manufacturing including cGMPs, PSM, OSHA, EPA requirements, and process hazard analysis; can interpret regulatory laws, and  propose, defend, and implement cost-effective solutions
  • >> Computer skills, in the areas of: Microsoft Office Products – Word, Excel, PowerPoint; statistical analysis programs, Laboratory Information Management System (ATLAS), and business systems (SAP)
  • >> Develops special expertise in products and processes; acknowledged as an expert in one or more technical areas both within and outside site
  • >> Creates clear, concise goals and strategies that support individual’s development and the site’s mission; actively participates in proposing and setting process chemist group and manufacturing department goals
  • >> Routinely demonstrates a proactive approach to problem identification and resolution
  • >> Understands Corden’s business goals and contributes technically to its strategy development
  • >> Interacts with management in developing project objectives and site strategies; advises management regarding technical opportunities and advances


This is an exempt position. Salary based upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and level of experience.


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Job #1918 – Principal Chemist