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.



Commercial Project Manager

Duties Include (but not limited to):  Leadership abilities in dealing with details around commercial production (ex: materials, documentation, scheduling, etc.) as well as administrative requirements for tracking KPI's and deliverables.   In addition both oral and written skills are required for leading meetings (internal, external, and joint) which would include: scheduling, preparing agendas, collecting and issuing minutes, defining and tracking actions, etc.  Interacts with clients in problem solving and status meetings.

Internal requirements include ability to work with others, understanding technical requirements of material receipt, manufacture, test and release as well as GMP requirements for commercial production.  Reviews and acts as liaison for manufacturing and packaging batch records, analytical documents, release documents and NOP's concerning commercial manufacturing operations. Assists sales staff in estimating costs and timelines associated with product changes (outside of commercial supply agreement).  Provides relevant financial data on the project to the Finance Department to assist in appropriate revenue recognition and client invoicing activities.

Key attributes required:

  • Management, Organization and Communication Skills

  • Lab Knowledge

  • Technical Manufacturing Knowledge

  • Team Leadership

  • Independent Thinking

  • Decision Making

  • Knowledge of  Commercial GMP Requirements

  • Prepares, monitors, and updates product timelines

  • Ability to multi-tasks is essential

Education:  Applicable Bachelors in Business, Science or Engineering degree or related scientific field with at least 5 years of pharmaceutical related commercial manufacture experience.  Equivalent combination of education and experience or training is acceptable. Five (5) years of supervised project coordination and management experience, both internal and external preferred.


Analytical Development Scientist (Pharma)

UPM Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (, a contract drug development and manufacturing company for the pharmaceutical industry, located in Bristol, Tennessee, is seeking an Analytical Development Chemist 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


Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or related science field and 4 years relevant experience including method development work (university internships do not meet this criteria). Additional years of non-method development work experience will be considered in determining qualification for the position. 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.