Process Chemist – SK biotek Ireland

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Process Chemist

Permanent contract 

Location:  Swords Campus



SK biotek Ireland, a SK pharmteco company, is a global Contract Development & Manufacturing Company with state-of-the-art facilities in Korea and Ireland. We are part of the wider SK Holdings group with revenues of $88 billion in 2022. Our mission is to ‘make what matters’, from grams to tonnes, the Swords Campus has led the way in the development, scale-up and commercial manufacture of highly potent Chemical Intermediates and Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (APIs) for over 60 years. With exceptional technical capabilities, people and plant we have made some of the world’s most important medicines and continue to do so. Further information on how we ‘make what matters’ can be found at


SK Biotek Ireland are currently seeking to recruit a Process Chemist within the small-scale plant operations. This is shift role working on a four shift cycle supporting a 24/7/365 world-class manufacturing organisation. The Process Chemist will be responsible for the manufacture of APIs and Intermediates, including the technical transfer and validation of new chemical processes.



  • Perform batch manufacturing, cleaning, validation, troubleshooting and support Operational Excellence and other department projects as appropriate.
  • Ensure plant operations are executed in a safe manner and to expected cGMP standards.
  • Work on New Product Introductions collaborating with R&D and other departments as appropriate
  • Supporting business development with plant tours for potential customers.
  • Participate on site emergency response team (if called to perform this duty).
  • Responsible for carrying out real time data entry and transactions for operations within the shift, e.g. SAP, IT & Delta V systems
  • Ensuring the plant is in an audit ready state and that all documentation is completed to expected cGMP standards.
  • Meeting plant key performance indicators such as throughput, yield, safety, quality and changeover targets.


  • Have a degree in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering or other science discipline and/or previous experience (4 + years) working within the pharmaceutical industry. API/small molecule experience a significant advantage
  • Possess good interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to troubleshoot and problem solve
  • Have strong collaborative skills with an ability to work effectively in a team environment or on one’s own initiative without close supervision
  • Previous experience in the scale-up or tech transfer of new products would be an advantage
  • Have an Operational Excellence certification (yellow, green, black belt) would be an advantage
  • Have creativity to identify improvement opportunities and the initiative to see them true



  • A chance to work with a world leader in contract development and manufacturing in a fast passed, dynamic and growing company
  • Excellent opportunities for career enhancement and personal development
  • Competitive base salary & shift allowance
  • Annual bonus linked to base salary
  • A well-established further education program.
  • Pension scheme
  • Private health insurance


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