External Manufacturing Specialist

Location: Harpenden, Hertfordshire,UK

Department: Supply Chain

Reports To: Global Manufacturing Manager

Assignment Type: full-time

Gowan Crop Protection (GCP)

The position is comprised of 2 roles:

 1.50% of time: Manufacturing support - Is responsible for the technical support of contract manufacturing locations for formulations & packaging operations outside of the NAFTA region (including Europe and International – South America and Asia), including contract manufacturing supplier selection, formulation scale up from lab to industrial operation, evaluation of manufacturing capabilities and quality of operation as well as type of processes (including chemistry, formulation types and unit operations) and cost position. There are 12 plants to be supported. This also comprises support for the synthesis chemistry of active ingredients (this is expected to take not more than 10% of the time in annual average or ~ 200 hours per year)

2.50% of time: Quality support – works closely with the Global quality leader (located in Canada), evaluating quality issues in the region, performing root cause analysis, documenting them and acting on action plans to resolve the issues.

 Main attributions of this role:

 Manufacturing Technical Support role:

 •Provides technical support in manufacturing of active ingredients, formulation and packaging operations and is the expert in the formulation manufacturing, chemistry and chemical synthesis manufacturing areas

•Performs chemical process evaluation of the current providers regarding to potential process improvements and audit the manufacturing facilities and units

•Provides support for formulations scale up (from the lab to the industrial operation scale) and manufacturing start-ups (troubleshooting)

•Evaluates potential new suppliers of raw materials and intermediates as well as new external manufacturing suppliers

•Conducts cost evaluations and potential investment requirements to improve existing manufacturing processes as well as evaluates new alternatives

•Evaluates outsourcing initiatives to assure supply chain stability while maintaining excellent quality and cost position

•Evaluates and document process technology packages; as part of manufacturing technology, may need to evaluate synthesis processes/packages on an sporadic basis (not more than 5% of his time) regarding to potential new molecule acquisitions

•Assembles and reviews production manuals

 Quality Support role:

 •Provide input to COA’s for finished goods when needed (Customer Service issues them on a regular basis)

•Follow up on quality complaints from customers and replies to the commercial contact with the action plan being worked

•Collect data from quality complaints, performs root cause analysis and present action plan to address the issues in a timely manner

•Makes annual report for quality performance, quantifying the number of occurrences, type of issue and measures taken to address them. Compares data with previous year showing performance trend

•Performs audits in the contract manufacturing sites about their compliance with Gowan requirements

 Required Background

 •Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical or Industrial Engineering or Chemistry required

•Five years of experience in processes at manufacturing level for formulations and packaging operations (in the several formulations types like: EC, SC, WP, WDG)

•Contract manufacturing experience in the chemical industry, preferred in a regulated industry (crop protection or chemical)

•Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills

•Excellent team work skills. He/she will work together with the other areas of supply chain (specially purchasing and quality) as well as regulatory, field technical support, commercial and R&D

•Excellent communications skills and the incumbent interfaces with many internal departments and suppliers

•Detail oriented and well organized

 Reports to: Global Manufacturing Manager

It has come to our attention that unauthorized third parties are making fraudulent job offers using our name. While we use various methods to communicate with prospective employees, we do not interview candidates online or via text messages, nor do we ever request payment of any kind or personal bank information as a condition of employment. We never make job offers online. If you have been contacted online or through a text message by anyone representing themselves as being from Gowan Company and are concerned about their legitimacy, please be aware that the offers are not valid and open positions that are available will be found on the Gowan careers webpage.

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Gowan Crop Protection Limited


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