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

Job 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


Engineer

Location: Rancho Cordova, CA (AFC-CA)
Job 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 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


Industrial Hygienist

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

Job Description:

  • Primary functions include the management and improvement of the site industrial hygiene monitoring program. Perform assessments of new products and processes and provide input on potential control measures, including the selection of appropriate personal protective equipment and engineering controls. Perform industrial hygiene monitoring of control measures and provide management with recommendations to reduce /eliminate employee exposures. Understand exposure banding and control technologies for potent compound manufacturing and handling. Perform surrogate testing as needed for new equipment and products. Develop safety data sheet summaries for new products.
  • Secondary areas of focus are to include manufacturing operations, chemical handling and storage, equipment isolation (lockout/ tagout, line breaking), fire prevention (including hot work), confined spaces, material handling (forklifts, cranes/hoists), IPP implementation, and emergency response. Conduct incident investigations; develop and manage preventative/corrective actions for accidents, incidents and near misses. Conduct work area and work practice safety audits. Develop written reports for the above activities and track recommendations through to completion. Assist in conducting safety meetings and employee training programs. Maintain safety-related recordkeeping consistent with OSHA requirements. Promote safety culture and assist with achieving established goals. Participate in hazard reviews; review and ensure compliance with program elements and documentation for adequacy and completeness, taking corrective action where necessary

Requirements:
B.S. in Safety, Chemistry, Industrial Hygiene, Engineering, or related science and 5 – 10 years of directly related technical experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills needed to participate on or lead a team. Must be capable of creating and communicating safety information to diverse audiences. CIH Required. CSP Preferred

Experience: Safety related exp.: 5 years (preferred)
Education: Bachelor’s (preferred)
License: CIH (required)


Quality Chemist II

Location: Petersburg, VA (AFC-VA)
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:

  • The position uses understanding of 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 position to analyze and make determinations as to the quality of a product, using analytical equipment pertinent to the appropriate application of skills.
  • Will use a solid knowledge of chemistry to 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.
  • Will operate LC and GC systems in order to complete analyses of various types of samples. Maintain a thorough and neat laboratory notebook. Analyze 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.
  • Will 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.
  • Will 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.

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree of science in chemistry or an appropriate science and typically 4-6 years of directly related technical experience in chemistry or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years of GC and HPLC experience highly desired.

Experience: GC/ HPLC: 4 years
Education: Bachelor’s


Quality Engineer – Equipment Qualification

Location: Petersburg, VA (AFC-VA)
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:
The duties of a QTS Equipment Qualification Engineer include:

  • Qualification protocol generation, execution, and writing final reports for various new and/or existing systems, equipment, and facilities. Write/revise SOPs and other quality documents. Perform internal audits. Perform equipment requalification based on pre-determined intervals, recent changes or modifications made to the systems per approved change control requests. Coordinate with appropriate departments (Process Engineering, Facilities Maintenance, and ASCI) to ensure system integrity and quality of cGMP activities.
  • BS Degree in a Science, Engineering or Technical degree required.

Experience: Qualification Engineering: 2 years
Education: Bachelor’s
Required work authorization: United States


Quality Assurance Analyst

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

Job Description:
Duties may include: Review and/or conduct investigations for process variances, product non-conformances OOS results

  • Ensure compliance of current processes and planned process improvements to cGMP
  • Be responsible for the timely review of records, to include confirming the completeness of the record and the accuracy of relevant entries
  • Ensure the production records are completed in accordance with Good Documentation Practices.
  • Manage the release of intermediates and final products in accordance with the approved systems, procedures and specifications.
  • Provide support with review and compilation of data for various reports or proposals, preparation of tables and graphs, and drafting technical documents as needed
  • Manage change controls in support of production, release activities and continuous improvements
  • Ensuring process validation and qualification requirements are established in approved protocols and results of the validation and qualifications are adequately presented in approved reports
  • Perform facility audits of the respective manufacturing facilities
  • Provide support for customer quality audits and technical meetings
  • Be responsible for execution and documenting internal systems audits
  • Be responsible for obtaining and maintaining appropriate training to meet the requirements of this role

Requirements:
Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate science and 1-5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience. General computer skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Have a working knowledge of cGMP. Project Management experience would be helpful.


Process Scientist

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

Job Description:
AMPAC Fine Chemicals is a contract manufacturing company focused on the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical compounds. We are looking for scientists to be part of a team that is developing cost effective solutions for our Pharmaceutical partners. Our staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development.

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.

Experience: Process Chemistry: 3 years (Preferred)
Education: Bachelor’s (Required)
Work authorization: United States (Required)


Maintenance Engineer

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

Job Description:

  • Analyzes engineering drawings and support documentation for maintenance and engineering departments
  • Assists in problem solving related to assigned programs.
  • Performs a variety of routine maintenance engineering tasks that are planned to provide experience and familiarization with the manufacturing staff and AFC programs methods and practices.
  • Exercise of judgment is required on details of work and in making preliminary selections and adaptations of engineering alternatives.
  • With continuing development and experience, will receive unusual or difficult problems that require selection of techniques or procedures to be applied to non-routine work.
  • This is an entry level exempt position typically requiring a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate science or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education: Bachelor’s


Process R&D Scientist (Engineer or Chemist)

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

Job Description:

  • Support the development of continuous processes for small molecule synthesis in 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 for small molecules.
  • Strong knowledge of Organic chemistry.
  • Knowledge in computer programming for equipment control and regulation (automation, PLC, data acquisition).
  • Knowledge of chromatographic processes including chiral separations 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

Education: Bachelor’s


Quality Assurance IT

Location: Petersburg, VA (AFC-VA)
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:

  • Hands on computer system validation on assigned projects
  • Responsible for creation, execution and coordination of the project’s deliverables
  • Computer System Validation advisory for the planned system upgrades
  • Support regulatory and customer audits
  • Ensures documentation and practices to meet quality standards, applicable and company’s policies and procedures
  • Perform risk assessment in support of computer system validation
  • Develop validation documents such as user requirements, functional specifications, validation plans, test plans, traceability matrix, deviations and summary reports
  • Review the accuracy and completeness of software validations deliverables
  • Provide basic functional support for quality systems
    Requirements:
  • BS Degree
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in computer system validation in the life science industry
  • Requires thorough understanding of system development life cycles for FDA regulated applications
  • Must be experiences in developing computer system validation deliverables for FDA-regulated applications: validation plans, required specifications, various levels of software testing scripts (IQ, OQ, PQ), traceability matrix and risk assessment and validation reports.
  • Working knowledge of GxP systems and related regulations and guidance, e.g. 21 CFR Part 11, GAMP 5, Annex 11
  • Ability to work within dynamic environment with shuffling priorities and responsibilities

Education: Bachelor’s


Chemical Plant Mechanic

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

Job Description:

  • Maintain, repair, assemble and install structures, metal building and other plant equipment items such as exhaust blowers, fume hoods, cranes, hoists pumps, compressors, processing tanks, vacuum systems, sewage processing equipment, agitators, reactors, gear boxes, exchangers, shop equipment, personnel moving equipment and material moving equipment and evaporative coolers.
  • Maintains, repairs and installs chemical plant plumbing and utility piping on chemical plant facilities. Maintains, repairs and operates stationary high pressure boilers and related equipment used to generate steam for turbines, heating and other steam powered equipment.
  • Will also be required to perform boiler surveillance as well as performing shop maintenance and clean up. Work assignments include welding, carpentry, painting, metal work and fabrication, cement work. Maintains a clean work environment in the chemical plant, shop, grounds, etc., as well as any areas worked in. May assist other crafts as required under the direction of primary craft.

Requirements:

  • Four yrs. experience of industrial mechanical maintenance experience. Good working knowledge of shop mathematics and equipment blueprints. Must have good mechanical aptitude and be able to read, understand and follow written or verbal instructions or procedures.
  • We are a 24/7/365 chemical manufacturing plant. This position will be on the off-shift with weekend coverage. This is a union position.

Starting pay rate: $36.05 per hour
Swing shift 1.00 more per hour
Graveyard shift 1.50 more per hour

Experience: Industrial maintenance: 4 years