Vacancy Group Leader Formulation & Manufacturing – Ghent


For a pharmaceutical CDMO that guides companies through the drug discovery and development process to help create effective and compliant drug substance and products for clinical trials, we are looking for a Group Leader Formulation & Manufacturing. The organisation provides you with an integrated service offering such as solid state chemistry, API and nano-medicines development and manufacturing. Headquartered in Ghent, and operating from six sites in Europe, serving a global customer base, ranging from emerging biotech to tier-one pharmaceutical companies.


The main task of the Group Leader Formulation and Manufacturing is the planning, preparation and follow up of the assigned formulation development and GMP production projects. The Group Leader is responsible for the day to day management, planning and support of the Formulation Scientists and Manufacturing Operators performing formulation development and GMP production activities with the aim of facilitating progression of the activities, troubleshooting on technical issues and guaranteeing that the deliverables are met within budget and time and in accordance of the requirements of the GMP Quality system. In addition, you act as a technical expert in regards to formulation development and GMP activities. This can go from acting as a representative of the formulation and production team in project core meetings and function as a scientific and technical problem solver in the department. Furthermore, you translate the input from the Project Manager to tasks on the work-floor, with your confident managerial style you make sure this is properly communicated to the team. You also assist where necessary, such as supporting the Formulation Scientists in the execution of their formulation projects. Also, assist in documenting non-conformances to guarantee the quality and compliancy, is also something you will work on. Given your broad and dynamic function within the organisation and the fact that quality is of paramount importance, you are regularly in contact with QA/QP. This could go from the follow-up and strategy of QA related subjects as well as resolving and discussing quality related issues.


We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • PhD, scientific orientated such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bio-Engineering or Chemical Engineering
  • 3-5 years of experience with the preparation of galenic forms
  • Knowledge of the process to produce different galenic forms
  • Experience in either formulation development or a GMP environment
  • You are flexible and openminded and change orientated
  • Strong communication skills in at least English

In addition to the hard skills, the following personal traits are required:

  • Confident leadership style
  • You have the ability to coach and motivate the scientists and operators to make sure that they perform in a good manner
  • Highly organised and a hands-on and can-do attitude
  • High levels of initiative, self motivation and energy
  • The ability to detect problems, analyse date and multitask


In return for your work, the organisation can offer the following:

  • Ability to grow your skills in a dynamic and rapidly growing company
  • An environment that is dynamic, offering you room to develop many different skills and providing your own input in the development of processes
  • An attractive remuneration package with extra-legal benefits such as: Meal vouchers, group- and hospitalisation insurance and a bonus system
  • A base monthly salary between €4,200 and €4,800
  • Excellent personal and growth opportunities


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Aron Berhane
Principal Associate | Biotech/Pharma division

+31(0)6 3030 6982