Professional Careers

UPM is a service organization and our employees are our greatest asset. This is why we seek highly skilled and highly motivated individuals to become a part of our team. We look for people that share a passion for the pharmaceutical industry as well as for hard work, creativity, and growth. Our employees are devoted to our mission of rapidly advancing pharmaceutical technologies and products on behalf of our clients. At the same time, we work in an enriching environment, work as a team where initiative and performance is rewarded. If you share our commitment to teamwork, enjoy a challenge, and want to feel good about the work you do, please contact UPM at to discuss our current open positions.

UPM offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package.  To learn more, click here to download our Benefit Summary. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Pharmaceutical Chemist performs set up, calibration, operation, and maintenance of laboratory test equipment. Performs assigned work in a timely and safe manner conforming to regulatory, company, and compendial requirements. Adheres to cGMP, which include, but is not limited to, proper laboratory documentation and maintenance, and archiving of paperwork. Compiles reports of analytical tests, ensuring reports are accurate and complete with documentation of procedures, equipment, and reagents used in analytical testing. Develops proficient practical laboratory skills, a thorough knowledge of chemistry theories, analytical techniques, and adopts site procedures as required. Assists in the execution of protocols, method transfers, and validation studies under the guidance of more experienced analysts. May need training in the handling of controlled substances. The Pharmaceutical Chemist performs routine and non-routine quality control testing of raw materials, in process, residual, finished product, and stability testing within the framework of the site policies and cGMP regulations. Participates in special studies to accomplish company and departmental goals. Records and reports data accurately and in compliance with current methods/SOPs, USP/NF, other compendia as applicable, and cGMP. Performs duties under the guidance of laboratory management or designee.


Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or related science field is required with 2 years of pharmaceutical experience in a professional setting is preferred (university internships do not meet this criteria).

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have competent computer skills including knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and ability to use internet tools. Empower Chromatography software experience is highly desirable.

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Analytical Development Scientist

UPM Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a contract drug development and manufacturing company for the pharmaceutical industry, located in Bristol, Tennessee, is seeking an Analytical Development Scientist that leads in the development of new analytical methods.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Transfers or develops & validates analytical methods including requisite method protocols, optimization and technical reporting for APIs, drug products, excipients, and raw materials
  • Assists with or develops Standard Operating Procedures, robust Quality Control testing methods/procedures and coordinates transfer of methods into Quality Control group
  • Participates in the planning and execution of raw material, components, and vendor qualification or alternate supplier analytical qualification studies.
  • Critical scientific/technical data analysis and presentation including analytical development representation on customer-focused project teams, as appropriate
  • Often assists with drug product, stability and residual testing under applicable regulations (e.g. ICH, FDA, EMA) or analytical testing for manufacturing process validation
  • Stays up-to-date on current research literature, industry practice and applicable regulatory requirements
  • Assists routine maintenance, calibration, and performance verification on applicable instruments
  • Complies with all applicable policies regarding health, safety and environment


Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or related science field and a minimum of 2 years relevant experience including method development (university internships do not meet this criteria). Knowledge of good laboratory practices, cGMP, USP methodology, FDA, ICH, OSHA, DEA regulations, and MSDSs are desired.

Qualifications and Skills

Technical Knowledge – Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of analytical method development under cGMP regulated processes. Experience with HPLC, GC, UV/VIS, wet chemistry and USP/NF compendial methods are highly desirable. Experience with Empower chromatography software is a major bonus.

Computer Skills – Familiar with MS Office applications and data analysis software.

Communication – Strong interpersonal skills with excellent oral and written communication skill is required.

Adaptability – Ability to think critically and creatively in a highly dynamic environment to solve serious scientific problems. Effectively manages competing demands; able to deal with unexpected delays or events.

Dependability – Perfect candidate must be highly self-motivated and organized with demonstrated ability to prioritize, manage and schedule work within a high performing, high throughput laboratory environment to meet project deadlines in a Quality fashion. Attention to detail is a must.

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Formulation Associate

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Formulation Associate is a hands-on support scientist role in pharmaceutical formulation and process development. Will have responsibility to support client projects in various product development and manufacturing activities within time and budget constraints.


Academic study of industrial & physical pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry, chemical engineering, chemistry, and biochemistry. Skilled in the science & art of pharmaceutical product development, experienced & knowledgeable of pre-formulation, formulation development, clinical manufacturing, analytical testing, quality control & assurance, cGMP, and GLP. Detail oriented, a self-starter, excellent organization, great communication skills, able to handle multiple tasks involving various departments in a fast-paced environment, effective interpersonal skills, abile to read, analyze, interpret, & write scientific documents/reports.

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