AMPAC Fine Chemicals (AFC) offers variety of full-time career opportunities at our facilities. We seek determined and innovative individuals to join our team. If you have a service-oriented philosophy and produce quality work in a team-oriented environment, AFC is the place for you.

To share AFC’s attitude, focus, and commitment in providing innovative solutions to our customers, please contact our HR Department at (916) 357-6282. Please send all resumes to
Katherine.Malberg@apfc.com. We appreciate your interest in AFC.

AFC’s Current Career Opportunities

R&D Engineer

Type: Full-time

Job Description:

  • Support the development of continuous processes for fine chemical manufacturing
  • Design and set-up equipment for supporting experimental work to generate data for modelling of unit operation for chemical processes. This includes:
    • interface with suppliers to define and provide equipment specifications
    • ability to read and generate technical drawing for manufacturing or modification of equipment
    • development of human/machine interface via PLC programming for automatization and better process control and safety
  • Survey of new technologies
  • Interface with PR&D Organic chemists and Production Process engineers to help transferring processes from the lab to the plant
  • Interface with customer
  • Hands-on job
  • Evaluation of processes and Quotation for customers
  • Writing procedure and batch records (quality documents)
  • May involve traveling

Requirements:

  • Chemical Engineer or Chemist with a focus on continuous processing and separation techniques
  • Strong knowledge of Organic chemistry
  • Knowledge in computer programming for equipment control and regulation (automation, PLC, data acquisition)
  • Knowledge of chromatographic processes will be a plus
  • 3-5 years of industrial experience in process R&D will be a plus (but not necessary)
  • Good communication skills (Oral and written)
  • Interdisciplinary skills (Mechanical, Electrical, Quality, Safety, Chemistry)
  • Capable of handling several projects at a time with a lead role

Process Scientist

Type: Full-time

This position is in the R&D department and is responsible for production support and process development of pharmaceutical ingredients:

  • Develops scalable manufacturing processes in an cGMP environment
  • Conducts experiments to optimize processes for commercial manufacture
  • Meets with groups internally and externally for project meetings and prepares data for presentations
  • Effectively participates in Process R&D team meetings
  • Works under supervision of more senior scientists or scientific directors to advance the company pipeline
  • Thinks critically and creatively and is able to work independently and in interdisciplinary groups
  • Ability to resolve problems and has strong organizational and planning skills
  • Demonstrates excellent writing and communication skills (both verbal and technical) and strong interpersonal skills

Education & Experience:

  • PhD
  • BS or MS degree with or without industry experience

Special Work Conditions:
Work place may include areas where a wide variety of chemical materials are used and stored. May involve potential exposure to variable noise levels. Must customarily have a high consciousness for personnel and equipment safety. May be required to utilize a variety of personal protective equipment. May need to work outside of normal office hours.


Process Engineer – VA Location

Type: Full-time

Job Description:
Under general supervision and following established policies, performs professional assignments requiring full use and application of standard engineering principles, theories, concepts and techniques.

Monitor existing processes, ensuring that batch records are maintained, variances are investigated, and day to day activities are properly planned. Activate and qualify facilities and equipment. May assign work to and direct less senior engineer and support personnel as required. Provide team leadership to small projects.

Conduct product changeovers through shift coverage, preparation of cleaning instruction, and leading in set up operations. Prepare new batch records and work instructions. Develop process training for operations and craftsmen. Troubleshoot processes to reduce downtime, improve cycle time, and increase productivity. Modify piping and instrumentation drawings, flow sheets, and emission calculations.

Independently evaluates, selects and applies engineering techniques, procedures and criteria using judgement in making adaptations and modifications. Use engineering skills to design small projects for enhanced safety, quality and or productivity improvements. Assists in the completion of Process Safety information and participates in Process Hazard Analysis.

Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering, plus a minimum of 5 years of direct chemical manufacturing experience in a pharmaceutical production environment, familiarity with cGMP requirements and FDA compliance necessary. We are a 24/7/365 manufacturing plant. This position may involve shift coverage including weekends and holidays.


Sr. Quality Chemist – VA Location

Type: Full-time

Job Description:
The position uses understanding of highly specialized analytical equipment and understanding of chemical compatibility to accurately and safely analyze chemical entities in order to make a determination of the quality of manufactured pharmaceutical compounds.

Must use of independent judgment in this salaried exempt position to analyze and make deteriminations as to the quality of a product, using analyitcal equipment pertinent to the appropriate application of skills.

Using a solid knowledge of chemistry use more difficult and technical procedures for test purity and impurity content in various forms of pharmaceutical samples.• Perform analysis of samples using various laboratory equipment and techniques such as FT-IR, Loss On Drying, Non-volatile Residue, Titrations, moisture analysis by Karl Fischer, in addition to other compendial methods.

Operate LC and GC systems in order to complete analyses of various types of samples. Maintain a thorough and neat laboratory notebook. Analysis of bulk chemicals and pharmaceutical compounds which require a comprehensive knowledge of chemistry and laboratory techniques such as LC, GC, IC, ICP(MS and OES), NMR, XRPD, and other related techniques used in the pharmaceutical testing. Compiles data obtained from analytical tests, analyze the data, and report the final result to appropriate department.

Prepare protocols and reports, document findings, and recommend action items based upon findings. Lead investigations of some laboratory samples and help determine appropriate corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) to address mitigation of investigation assignable cause.

Create CDS (Chromatographic Data System) reports and validate to be used by Quality Control.

Using a solid knowledge of chemistry the chemist will take the lead in initiating and completing investigation, including determining and implementing the CAPA requirements related to the investigation.

Aid in the safe disposal of laboratory chemicals generated during an analytical procedure. Understand company procedures to champion continuous improvement projects to critical laboratory and company procedures and processes which save time and reduce costs to department and company. Continuous improvement may also directly or indirectly impact the quality of work and work environment. May interface with customers

Bachelor’s degree of science in chemistry or an appropriate science and typically 6 years of directly related technical experience in chemistry or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Analytical Scientist

Location: Rancho Cordova, CA (AFC-CA)
Type: Full-time

Candidate will assist with assigned tasks such as method development, transfer and validation; provide analytical support to the research and development group to meet project goals; select appropriate methods and techniques in performing experiments; collaborate with analytical personnel to help develop routine analytical methods; work cross functionally to achieve target goals and proactively seek out potential solutions to issues.

Candidate will also assist in creating method validation and/or qualification protocols and reports as well as analytical methods; perform all lab work that will support method validation, transfer, and qualification; perform qualification of primary and secondary reference material to be used as analytical standards.

Qualifications and Skills:
Requires a BS in Chemistry or related field, and at least 3 years of experience in method development/validation/transfer, or an MS and at least 1 year of relevant experience in a cGMP environment; strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills; the ability to excel in a team oriented environment and to use common tools for effective scientific communication within the company. Knowledge of the following is highly desired: LC/UV/DAD/MS, FTIR, GC, GC/MS,NMR, and KF.

Required Education:
Bachelor’s degree


Engineer

Location: Rancho Cordova, CA (AFC-CA)
Type: Full-time

Under general supervision and following established policies, performs professional assignments requiring full use and application of standard engineering principles, theories, concepts and techniques.

Monitor existing processes, ensuring that batch records are maintained, variances are investigated, and day to day activities are properly planned. Activate and qualify facilities and equipment. May assign work to and direct less senior engineer and support personnel as required. Provide team leadership to small projects.

Conduct product changeovers through shift coverage, preparation of cleaning instruction, and leading in set up operations. Prepare new batch records and work instructions. Develop process training for operations and craftsmen. Troubleshoot processes to reduce downtime, improve cycle time, and increase productivity. Modify piping and instrumentation drawings, flow sheets, and emission calculations.

Independently evaluates, selects and applies engineering techniques, procedures and criteria using judgement in making adaptations and modifications. Use engineering skills to design small projects for enhanced safety, quality and or productivity improvements. Assists in the completion of Process Safety information and participates in Process Hazard Analysis.

Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate discipline / science and two years directly related experience as an Associate Engineer or equivalent combination of education and experience. We are a 24/7/365 manufacturing plant. This position may involve shift coverage including weekends and holidays.

Required Education:
Bachelor’s degree