Analytical Chemist

Role Description

My client is a multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturing company. We are recruiting an Analytical Chemist to join their Sciences team.

The Role

  • Develop, transfer and/or validate analytical methods in support of manufacture of radio-labelled API projects.
  • Perform routine analytical testing in-line with project requirements.  This includes:
    • Stability testing
    • Testing in support of chemical development activities
    • Release testing in support of non-GMP and GMP projects
    • Be trained and be fully competent in the following analytical techniques, as dictated by project and/or departmental requirements:
      • HPLC                                        
      • GC
      • NMR
      • KF
      • LSC
      • Classical techniques
      • Perform analytical duties right-first-time in order to complete work within the budgeted resource time and in line with agreed timelines.
      • Generate data and documents accurately and efficiently, in-line with the Analytical Department’s procedures culture of Right-First-Time.
      • Take responsibility for the provision of all analytical activities associated with allocated projects so as to ensure successful project outcomes as measured by QQTE (Quantity, Quality, Timeliness & Efficiency) metrics.
      • Be responsible for the generation, training and adherence to of analytical documents (e.g. methods, specifications, SOPs etc).
      • Retain the overall responsibility for the completion of delegated tasks, within agreed budgets and timelines.
      • Retain an up to date knowledge of analytical techniques and equipment.
      • Be responsible for the management of own work schedule and provide regular updates to line manager and team members especially with respect to any circumstances that alter agreed timescales and budgets.
      • Ensure that unplanned deviations (UPDs) are kept to a minimum and that your line manager is notified as soon as UPDs are generated.
      • Ensure that any corrective or preventative action arising from UPDS is completed in full and within allocated timeframes.
      • Assist with the identification of alternative test methods and/or equipment to improve efficiency and maximise throughput of testing in the laboratories.
      • Make suggestions for the improvement of efficiency and/or reduction in operating costs within the Analytical Department and the wider company.
      • Identify incidents of out of specification results and inform the Analytical Team Leader and/or Analytical Manager.
      • Assist in the generation of specifications and SOPs relevant to the Analytical Laboratories, ensuring that current versions are available.
      • Deputise for their supervisor’s absence in the day-to-day running of projects and supervision of analytical activities being performed in their designated laboratory.
      • Ensure that laboratory equipment remains in calibration and functions as required. Where this is not the case inform the appropriate persons for them to action.
      • Ensure that lab and write-up areas are maintained in an audit-ready condition at all times.
      • Prepare and present analytical data to customers (telecoms, face-to-face meetings etc)
      • Perform other duties as may be deemed appropriate by your supervisor and that fall within the general remit of the post.

The Person

  • Third level qualification (or equivalent) in a Life Science related discipline
  • Previous analytical experience working with radiolabelled pharmaceuticals
  • Experience in HPLC method development and/or validation
  • Experience of drug substance analysis in a GMP/GLP environment
    • Basic level ability in the use of Microsoft Packages (Word, Excel etc)
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
    • Proven ability to apply a meticulous approach to tasks undertaken
      • Proven ability to organise and plan work both independently and in conjunction with team members


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