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Sr Analytical Chemist - Avella Specialty Pharmacy - Houston, TX

UHG - Houston, Texas

Posted: 12/12/2018

When it comes to providing new hope and a new path to wellness, specialty pharmacy companies like Avella fill a unique and important role. Avella, now part of the Optum and UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, is bringing breakthrough medications, innovative clinical pharmacy programs and technological tools to providers and their patients across the nation. We create a viable level of access to many of the newest, most advanced medications in addition to a suite of tools that include mobile apps, text messaging tools and smart pill bottles. Whether you bring a clinical or business background to our opportunities, you can be sure that you'll be making a meaningful contribution to important solutions and services. Find out more about how you can start doing your life's best work. (sm)



The Sr Analytical Chemist will perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of compounded admixed product for distribution to customers nationwide.  The successful candidate must have extensive, hands-on experience in stability programs as well as the development and validation of stability-indicating and quantitative assays in cGMP environment. Proven ability to develop highly specific analytical methods for a wide variety of small / generic compounds. Exceptional cGMP documentation skills are a must for this position. Ability to adapt to a fast pace, high through-put, dynamic environment where priorities can change rapidly. 


The work schedule will be Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensures a robust and ICH / GMP compliant Stability Program is established and maintained for all Avella products
  • Development and qualification of stability indicating analytical methods for lot release and stability testing of products
  • Provide support in all regulatory inspections: FDA, DEA, Board of Pharmacy, and Internal Audits.
  • Generate and execute equipment and method validations and qualifications
  • Prepare scientific reports and documents, present analytical findings and use scientific literature to solve advanced technical problems
  • Prepare and review SOPs, test methods, scientific reports and other GMP / regulatory documentation
  • Review data generated by other analysts
  • Independently apply scientific knowledge (both theoretical and practical) for the resolution of analytical chemistry problems
  • Mentors and trains junior chemist and scientist and acts as an analytical chemistry resource for other staff
  • Participate in project management activities including: creating and meeting objectives for timelines, budgets, and project goals
  • Troubleshoots analyses and equipment and performs investigations
  • Performs routine testing when required

Knowledge Skill and Abilities:

  • Previous experience is required in QC lab or QC stability program in a pharmaceutical or biotech environment
  • Understanding roles of QA and QC in an organization
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to identify and solve scientific problems
  • Ability to multitask and organize time efficiently
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skill a must
  • Works effectively with others as part of a team
  • Physical ability to lift up to 40lbs and work at the lab bench for extended periods of time

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum BS Chemistry or higher
  • 5+ years of experience in an analytical Chemistry lab setting
  • At least 3 years of Pharmaceutical (GMP/GLP) lab experience
  • Experience in FDA regulated industry
  • Strong knowledge of and troubleshooting of HPLC, UPLC, and UV vis
  • Effective organization and planning skills
  • Efficient in troubleshooting laboratory equipment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with stability studies including forced degradation & stability indicating methods

  • Knowledge of good documentation practices Knowledge of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Documentation Practices (GDP)



Physical Demands and Work Environment:


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and / or ability required.  Majority of time can be spent wearing protective laboratory attire (Examples of attire include: goggles, gloves, lab coat)

  • Minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to sit in front of computer for long periods of time
  • Fine motor skills must be sufficient to manipulate pipettes


Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)



Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.



Job Keywords: Houston, Texas, TX, regulatory, cGMP, FDA Guidance, USP, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, pharmaceutical, manager, audit, compliance, Sigma, 503B, sterile, non-sterile compounding, Specialty pharmacy, Chemist, QMS, LIMS, Chemistry, HPLC, UPLC, UV vis

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