senior method development scientist (physical) in Neuchatel

Lucie Nasshan, Basel Professionals Health Care & Life Sciences
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neuchatel, neuchâtel
life sciences
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lucie nasshan, basel professionals health care & life sciences
058 201 55 50

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For an international tobacco company in Neuchâtel, we are looking for an: 

Senior Method Development Scientist (Chemical)


Contract start date: immediately

Contract length: 6 months

You will be responsible for ensuring the delivery and quality of new and improved physical methods to test materials and, finished and semi-finished goods;

  • In collaboration with project teams, testing engineering, testing labs and CoE labs define and draft method development programs and project plans ensuring timelines, required resources and deliverables are aligned with relevant stakeholders. Ensures methods chosen are appropriate for end use and aligned to best practice. 

  • Deliver new and improved methods of the correct quality to agreed timelines. The role is expected to both deliver methods and supervise others to ensure delivery. 

  • As a subject matter expert in physical measurement sciences, the role holder is expected to supervise, train and mentor method development scientists and contractors to ensure the quality of delivered methods. Lead point of contact for Testing Labs and Centres of Excellence to advice, troubleshoot and improve methods deployed to the business.

  • Use analytical expertise to review and renew the physical methods portfolio. Identify areas of the portfolio which no longer meet business needs or best practice and develop improvement plans. Contribute to cost benefit analysis of improvement plans. 

  • In collaboration with lab governance identify suitable external method development partners, identify appropriate opportunities and, initiate and manage external method development projects to ensure delivery on time and correct quality. Technical management of the method transfer from external suppliers to the customer laboratory. 

Skills and Competencies: 

  • Education 

    • College/University<>Degree in Mechanical or Materials Engineering or equivalent skills through demonstrated experience (PhD or Master level or equivalent). 

    • Ideally formal project management qualifications.

  • Work Experience

    • >10 years’ experience in physical measurement with a minimum 5 years’ experience in applying physical measurement sciences in an industrial setting, ideally in the tobacco, FMCG and/or pharmaceutical industries. 

    • Extensive knowledge of the Tobacco industry and RRP and their development, testing and characterisation is preferred. 

    • Knowledge and experience of analytical sciences in a certified environment, ISO17025 and/or cGxP. 

    • Experience of method development is required, with a preference experience in the analysis of RRP materials and products is preferred 

    • Experience managing people and specifically physical engineers. 

    • Experience in project management in an R&D setting.

  • Functional Skills 

    • Excellent written and presentation skills. 

    • Fluent in English. 

    • Expertise in at least one and experience and/or knowledge of a broad techniques to evaluate physical properties including but not limited to strength, mechanical, electrical, magnetic, imaging, others 

    • Ability to balance short term delivery and long term development. 

    • Ability to delivery in a pressured and fluid environment. 

    • Evidence of supervision and mentoring scientist. 

    • Proven ability to develop and delivery programs and projects. 

    • Other Competencies Action oriented, Problem solving, Dealing with ambiguity, Innovation management, Informing, Business Acumen, Motivating and influencing others, Customer focus, Organizational agility. 


Please note a valid Swiss work permit or Swiss or EU-25/EFTA citizenship is required for this position