QA Associate – GLP

QA Associate – GLP

Job Title: QA Associate – GLP
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxford
Salary: Up to £28k, Dependent on Experience
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 15835 ST
Contact Name: Steve Twinley
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 25, 2018 15:41

Job Description

Do you have a Biological degree and Quality Assurance / Compliance experience gained in a commercial environment (e.g. GLP, ISO9001, GMP)? If yes, this will be a fantastic career opportunity for you. Based in modern premises just outside of Oxford, a new permanent role has been created for a meticulous Quality Associate, with one of the UK’s most pioneering businesses in the field of Cell and Gene Therapies.

This is a permanent role with a salary of up to £28k (plus excellent benefits – see below) for a more experienced individual, or £20k+ if you have less experience but can demonstrate the ability to pick new things up quickly. You will receive excellent training and will partner with a team of knowledgeable and passionate scientists who are developing some genuinely innovative approaches to synthetic biology and its application.  

The Company:
A specialist Contract Research Organisation offering a range of services within the discovery, development and manufacture of biologics, focusing particularly on viral vectors for application within gene therapy. They offer a range of custom and platform services, specialising in DNA design, optimisation of protein and viral expression systems, and cell line development technologies. This is a wonderful place to work, being part of an expansion (in both the UK and USA) based on the success of their services and technology.

A strong focus is placed on R&D activities and further developing platform technologies, as supported by the recent receipt of multiple grants awards from Innovate UK. As a Quality Associate, you will support a range of functions across the business and this is the chance to contribute to the company’s next phase of growth and development.

The Opportunity:
As a Quality Associate, you will support the implementation of QA processes and procedures to sustain and improve quality-related activities within the company. Working alongside the Quality Manager and Lab Management team, you will maintain the QMS and ensure that all activities are carried out in line with the company policies and procedures, based on industry regulations such as GLP and ISO9001. The role will involve extensive interaction with internal stakeholders to promote best practice.

There will be a lot of focus on QA document control, including the writing, review and management of controlled documents and the maintenance of data records, logs and databases to track and flag QA-related concerns and improvements. An important thing will be to develop and promote the company’s positive stance regarding Quality, so that best practice is used throughout all aspects of the business.

In addition to a competitive salary (£20k - £28k depending on experience), the company offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Pension with matched employer contribution to 7%
  • Health Insurance
  • Group Life Cover
  • Child Care Voucher Scheme
  • Glasses Vouchers
  • Modern, welcoming working environment

Desired Skills and Experience:
The successful candidate will ideally have a degree (or similar) relating to Biological Science (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biological Science etc), together with some Quality-focused experience gained in a commercial, regulated and SOP-driven environment. Knowledge of GxP (GLP, GMP, GCP etc) would be a strong advantage, as would ISO9001 (or other ISO standards), though full training will be provided. Previous experience in a Quality Assurance role would be a considerable advantage, together with transferable skills in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word and other systems. Above all else, you must be a hard-working, personable individual with excellent attention to detail (and first-rate written and spoken English skills) and a genuine ambition to progress within QA in a Biologics environment.