Top Formulator Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Formulator. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Formulator resumes they appeared on. For example, 19.8% of Formulator resumes contained Formulation Equipment as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Formulator actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Formulator resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Formulation Equipment

high Demand
Here's how Formulation Equipment is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Perform use training of all pharmaceutical formulation equipment to clients who desire to perform their own on-site product development.
  • Perform and document daily sanitization procedures of formulation equipment (Tanks, filling machines, and related piping.)

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2. Raw Materials

high Demand
Here's how Raw Materials is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Reviewed raw materials specifications, cost, and availability and selected suitable raw materials for tablet formulation.
  • Communicated and recorded required formulas on daily attributes for batching process and usage of Raw Materials.
  • Supervised scale-up activities, evaluated raw materials, and certified products.
  • Communicated with Raw Materials Coordinator and assisted him in determining best/least cost formulations.
  • Compounded raw materials, using calibrated or adjusted equipment to ensure quality production.
  • Monitored production via distributed control systems and set up/staging of raw materials.

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3. SOP

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Here's how SOP is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Received, weighed, verified and reconciled raw materials coming in the department in accordance with the SOP.
  • Review SOP, Testing Protocols, and Master and Executed Batch Records.
  • Lead SOP class room training for Formulator & Filling Operators.
  • Produce SOP's for compliance and manufacturing operations.
  • Published internal Standard Operative Procedure (SOP).
  • Stayed up to date on all SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) required for our department.
  • Prepare and review SOPs, batch records, protocols, development reports.
  • Follow SOPs and maintain accurate written records of all production.

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4. FDA

high Demand
Here's how FDA is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Utilize manufacturing equipment and in-process instrumentation to manufacture products in accordance to current good manufacturing practices and FDA regulations.
  • Maintain associated documentation as required by the FDA's Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Departmental Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Manufacture products in full compliance to all FDA regulations and ISO & Quality requirements in addition to all internal policies.
  • Initiated and conducted stability studies of raw materials and formulations, supporting research from initial concept to FDA approval.
  • Completed and was certified in all company provided training in GMP, FDA and OTC regulations.
  • Produced a wholesome product that is free from any possible contamination in compliance with FDA Quality Standards and Specifications.

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5. GMP

high Demand
Here's how GMP is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Applied GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) for manufacturing of transdermal products for clinical trials.
  • Perform duties under cGMP guidelines.
  • Led Product Development team creating new dietary supplements and troubleshooting pre-existing formulations for cGMP contract manufacturing projects.
  • Follow SMPs, GMPs, and SOPs.
  • Ensured that all work was performed in compliance with current GMP, SOP, and established Safety standards.
  • Illustrated good manufacturing practices (GMP) and standard operating procedures (SOP).

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6. R

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Here's how R is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Developed Product test drivers of consumer preference to be used for assessing product portfolio opportunities to develop and commercialize products.
  • Developed lamination and coating techniques for products that require an extended backing and integrated overlay.
  • Worked closely with 3M Quality and Regulatory groups utilizing design of experiments and statistical analysis.
  • Trouble shoot existing engineering and formulation problems by working closely with Manufacturing and Marketing.
  • Tested different raw materials to make the most cost-effective formulas without compromising quality.
  • Train new employees on proper laboratory notebook etiquette and monitor notebooks of co-workers.
  • Identify product and/or manufacturing risks and assess options for improvement and cost reduction.
  • Provided comprehensive feedback for continual improvement and adaptation of systems to enhance productivity.
  • Traveled to different printing companies to oversee and troubleshoot customer approvals.
  • Formulated industrial janitorial chemicals * Supervised a crew * Managed weekly reports
  • Established automated solubility request and analysis system for Research Formulation group.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas.
  • Provided paint application demonstration, training and technical service to customers.
  • Operated industrial mixers and scales, formulated and accurately measured goods.
  • Conducted sensory test and analysis to determine consumer's preference.
  • Facilitated raw material and master alloys inventory control and ordering.
  • Maintain and upkeep vessels and apparatuses for manufacturing and measuring.
  • Formulated and tested cellular active anti-aging creams and lotions.
  • Listed ingredients on containers according to European Union guidelines.
  • Assist with maintaining organization of warehouse including inventory control.

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7. Assembly Line

high Demand
Here's how Assembly Line is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Packed and lidded shipments, worked on majority of assembly lines within factory.
  • Run assembly line and quantity check.

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8. Hazardous Materials

high Demand
Here's how Hazardous Materials is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Keep and maintain records of all the hazardous and non hazardous materials and the ones stocked in the company.
  • Ensured safety while mixing toxic and hazardous materials to meet the specifications of the order.
  • Load off trailers of hazardous and non hazardous materials.
  • Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required.
  • Handled hazardous materials and wastes in compliance with company standard operating procedures.
  • Received and stored hazardous materials into their designated areas.

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9. Validation Protocols

high Demand
Here's how Validation Protocols is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Execute validation protocols for physical testing methods for a variety of projects.

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10. RAN

high Demand
Here's how RAN is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Project was granted initial approval by the GLFER Council of Lake Committee (CLC) to pursue feasibility study.
  • Inspected meat, ran the soy machine, janitorial duties, washed down machines at the end of shift
  • Recorded the results in laboratory notebook and transferred it into company's database for record purposes.
  • Create batches with required ingredients, and transfer batches to required tanks.
  • Worked with other departments to ensure smooth transition through facility.
  • Perform In- Process QC for Electrolytes, pH and pCO2 of the solution within the range.
  • Formulated dispersions and performed pilot coating trials to develop imaging cylinders and paper transport web.
  • Maintain accurate records of controlled substances used in transdermal materials according to DEA regulations.
  • Formulated transdermal drug delivery systems, especially pressure sensitive adhesive patches.
  • Transfer raw materials/products as needed making sure all tankage, piping, hoses and valve arrangements are accurate.
  • Filled containers with completed mixes, palletized, and transported to storage area using motorized equipment.
  • Operated fork lift, meat grinder, pallet jacks * Responsible for Quality Assurance of Product
  • Mixed and manufactured transdermal patches and gels as well as topical creams.
  • work with hose transfers and packaging products that are custom ordered.
  • Used rheological, microscopic, diffusion and tack data to formulate transdermal drugs.
  • Measure chemical for fomulation of PTC materials , Ran mixers,drum dryers ,belt furnace , different scales .

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11. ISO

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Here's how ISO is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Solve various problems and take charge to keep production going in cases where supervisors were not present.
  • Prepare documents for Halal Audit, HACCP Certification, ISO Certification.
  • Maintain and operate a Microbiology Laboratory for the isolation, quantification and identification of microbial contaminants to solve production problems.
  • Promoted to serve in customized position; created by Supervisor to capitalize on ability to consistently produce beyond job requirements.
  • Perform quality assurance analysis according to the ISO 9002 specifications on high purity chemicals used by computer manufacturing companies.
  • Created and maintained detailed computer records of chemical concentrations and chemical additions for comparison and analysis.

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12. Production Schedules

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Here's how Production Schedules is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Supported multiple manufacturing lines by ensuring that production schedules were met, and minimizing finishing downtime.

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13. QC

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Here's how QC is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Performed required testing for batch product evaluation based on established specifications, and communicate with QC manager.
  • Provided consultations in daily operations to QC chemists in manufacturing facilities.
  • Perform QA/QC chemical analyses of company products, raw materials, and research samples in a fast paced environment.
  • Worked closely with QC to ensure a uniform coating of both, the zinc phosphate and powder coat.
  • Increased labor efficiency over 20%, while implementing a successful in-house lab based QC program.
  • Collect and test samples to ensure QC is met and sustained throughout the processing stages.

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14. Product Quality

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Here's how Product Quality is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Transported product quality control samples to be tested at labs.
  • Conferred with technical and supervisory personnel to report and resolve conditions affecting safety, efficiency and product quality.
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
  • Completed detailed line inspections and visually inspected bottles for consistent product quality.
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance to standards and specifications.
  • Verified product quality and provided approval for shipments.

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15. Mix Ingredients

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Here's how Mix Ingredients is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Batch Mixer/Formulator * Initiated motors to mix ingredients for predetermined time.
  • Weigh and mix ingredients for medicine products.

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16. Data Entry

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Here's how Data Entry is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Performed data entry of real-time product movements for 3 production shifts.
  • Verify bills of lading and certificate of analysis and data entry into SAP software.
  • Learned Sample Registration and Data Entry.
  • Inventory of materials to maintain control computer data entry.
  • Oversee batch records*Data entry*Select best utilization of ingredients*Forklift certified*Calculating least cost/ best cost formula*Scan in each product at time of use
  • Report results to plant via data entry in a timely manner.

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17. Hplc

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Here's how Hplc is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Supported and participated in method development in the analysis of stability samples on new drug entities using HPLC, GC and.
  • Prepare samples for analysis on HPLC, Assist analysts in daily activities, Data entry.
  • Spearheaded successful changeover of older software to Y2K compliance software that controlled HPLC instruments.
  • Test performed on sampled included pH measurement, viscosity, density testing and HPLC
  • Used HPLC, GC techniques, and wet chemistry practices and instrumentation.
  • Received hands on training for HPLC and soil biomass determination.

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18. CIP

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Here's how CIP is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Participated in GMP manufacturing of medical rings.
  • Participated in new equipment validations.
  • Execute R&D studies using Quality by Design principles to achieve suitable formulation based on Quality Target Product Profile.
  • Read and followed sausage recipes- Mixed the correct spices into meats- Blended meat - Poured meat into giant containers
  • Read work orders, recipes and formulas in order to determine cooking times and temperature specifications.
  • Formulated over 25 intricate recipes.
  • Improved many existing products and developed new products using reverse engineering Worked in teams and participated in training sessions for food formulators
  • Research Formulator Excipient Characterization and Feasibility Studies on Autodose Powdernium .

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19. Osha

average Demand
Here's how Osha is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Maintained lab safety regulations and MSDS reference materials for compliance with Federal State OSHA regulations
  • Perform all responsibilities following strict OSHA safety regulations.
  • Acted as site safety coordinator for the latter two years, responsible for OSHA compliance and training, and accident/injury investigation.
  • Maintained production area by ordering, inspecting, and safely transporting and storing numerous hazardous chemicals in accordance with OSHA.
  • Followed OSHA process safety management (PSM) protocols in maintaining compliance with federal and state environmental regulations.
  • Served as plant trainer for new employees, including operations, safety procedures, and OSHA requirements.

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20. Setup

average Demand
Here's how Setup is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Assisted with the Setup and breakdown of all grinding equipment on a daily basis.

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21. Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

low Demand
Here's how Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Compounded with numerous active pharmaceutical ingredients, including highly potent materials.

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22. Customer Service

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Here's how Customer Service is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Managed shop operations including customer service, shipping and receiving, payroll, reports and simple bookkeeping
  • Formulated organic skin care products Provide excellent customer service
  • Responded quickly and accurately to client concerns to ensure superior customer service and satisfaction.
  • Maintained special relationships and provided excellent customer service with customers.
  • Developed solutions as part of Tech team focused on customer service and thereby reducing production time and complaints from customers.
  • Implemented day to day operations to ensure an ongoing high level of care and customer service are delivered.

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23. Quality Standards

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Here's how Quality Standards is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Developed or conducted programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards or raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products.
  • Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards.
  • Maintain quality standards of PGA golf course.
  • Inspect work-in-process to ensure quality standards and engineering specifications, identifying non-conformances and verifying all components used match with batch record.
  • Performed analytical tests on raw and finished goods to ensure products were in compliance with company and customer quality standards.

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24. GC

low Demand
Here's how GC is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Performed analysis of water, soil and oil generated waste products through use of GC and other quantitative and qualitative procedures.
  • Performed change of gas cylinder bottles and profile of spinners(SNGCA).
  • Operated and maintained the Accelerated solvent extractor (ASE), GC instrument.
  • Qualify incoming solvents for purity and water contents using GC-FID and FTIR.
  • Run GC methods on in process and finished products and adjust accordingly.
  • Analyzed biological samples for narcotics using GC, RIA, EIA.

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25. PPE

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Here's how PPE is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Helped production stack product on pallets and wrapped each skid.
  • Fill containers with product to be shipped out to customers.
  • Run machinery such as powder hoppers, room scales, and Korumas which mix chemicals and powders to produce toothpaste.
  • wear proper PPE for the jobs needed to be done.
  • Check batch in the lab for the right viscosity.. House keeping and helped get batch out ready to shipped..
  • Set up package linePackage productsWeigh up ingredientsSwept and moppedDrove forklift to get supplies

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26. Batch Sheets

low Demand
Here's how Batch Sheets is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Evaluate batch sheets, sort, inspect, measure and weight chemical for mixing.
  • Mix raw chemicals by following the batch sheets.

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27. IQF

low Demand
Here's how IQF is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Ensured fats were maintained on IQF and Retail formulations.

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28. SIP

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Here's how SIP is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Performed (SIP) sterilization of processing vessels for bacteria growth termination for formulation.
  • Experience in running complex automated system, CIP and SIP of tanks and Skids.
  • Performed CIP and SIP of production tanks and vessels.
  • Mixed ingredients according to resipies.

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29. QA

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Here's how QA is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Assist in managing technical and regulatory site visits to the laboratory and interface with QA and RA on all vendor/regulatory audits.

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30. Product Samples

low Demand
Here's how Product Samples is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Collected product samples for laboratory analysis.

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31. Customer Complaints

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Here's how Customer Complaints is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Review customer complaints, author investigations to determine the root cause, provide CAPAs and evaluate CAPA effectiveness.

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32. Study Protocol

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Here's how Study Protocol is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Review relevant sections in study protocols and amendments, and follow directions therein.

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33. Production Process

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Here's how Production Process is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Organized and carried out multi-staged production processes to prepare and formulate serum based products.

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34. Safety Procedures

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Here's how Safety Procedures is used in Formulator jobs:
  • Acquired skills: Consistent quality controlled and safety procedures; Understanding of material production process and regulatory requirements.
  • Followed prescribed safety procedures and complied with federal laws regulating the transport of chemicals.
  • Developed clear understanding of GMP through meticulously following instructions and safety procedures.
  • Maintain good lab housekeeping and follow applicable quality and safety procedures.
  • Practice and oversee acceptable standards in warehouse safety procedures.
  • Maintained, updated and ensured compliance with MSDS, GMP's, SOP's, quality control and safety procedures.

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20 Most Common Skill for a Formulator

Formulation Equipment22.9%
Raw Materials21.8%
SOP8.6%
FDA6.4%
GMP5.7%
R5.4%
Assembly Line3.2%
Hazardous Materials2.9%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Formulator

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Formulation Equipment
Formulation Equipment
19.8%
19.8%
2
2
Raw Materials
Raw Materials
18.8%
18.8%
3
3
SOP
SOP
7.4%
7.4%
4
4
FDA
FDA
5.6%
5.6%
5
5
GMP
GMP
4.9%
4.9%
6
6
R
R
4.6%
4.6%
7
7
Assembly Line
Assembly Line
2.8%
2.8%
8
8
Hazardous Materials
Hazardous Materials
2.5%
2.5%
9
9
Validation Protocols
Validation Protocols
2.5%
2.5%
10
10
RAN
RAN
2.5%
2.5%
11
11
ISO
ISO
1.9%
1.9%
12
12
Production Schedules
Production Schedules
1.9%
1.9%
13
13
QC
QC
1.9%
1.9%
14
14
Product Quality
Product Quality
1.5%
1.5%
15
15
Mix Ingredients
Mix Ingredients
1.5%
1.5%
16
16
Data Entry
Data Entry
1.5%
1.5%
17
17
Hplc
Hplc
1.2%
1.2%
18
18
CIP
CIP
1.2%
1.2%
19
19
Osha
Osha
1.2%
1.2%
20
20
Setup
Setup
1.2%
1.2%
21
21
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
1.2%
1.2%
22
22
Customer Service
Customer Service
1.2%
1.2%
23
23
Quality Standards
Quality Standards
0.9%
0.9%
24
24
GC
GC
0.9%
0.9%
25
25
PPE
PPE
0.9%
0.9%
26
26
Batch Sheets
Batch Sheets
0.9%
0.9%
27
27
IQF
IQF
0.9%
0.9%
28
28
SIP
SIP
0.9%
0.9%
29
29
QA
QA
0.9%
0.9%
30
30
Product Samples
Product Samples
0.9%
0.9%
31
31
Customer Complaints
Customer Complaints
0.9%
0.9%
32
32
Study Protocol
Study Protocol
0.9%
0.9%
33
33
Production Process
Production Process
0.9%
0.9%
34
34
Safety Procedures
Safety Procedures
0.9%
0.9%

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