QC Chemistry & Components Lab Manager

QC Chemistry & Components Lab Manager

Job Title: QC Chemistry & Components Lab Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Worthing
Salary: Excellent Salary and Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 16011a ST
Contact Name: Steve Twinley
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 20, 2018 09:42

Job Description

A new position has been created within a pioneering Pharmaceutical company, for a QC Chemistry & Components Lab Manager. Are you a highly qualified Chemist with management experience gained in a commercial GLP / GMP environment? If so, this will be an excellent opportunity to move to the next phase of your Pharmaceutical career. We are looking for an inspirational leader with a strong analytical science background, a solid grounding in a Pharmaceutical or Biotech environment (using techniques such as HPLC and GC) and the ambition to undertake a varied and unique role, overseeing a QC Chemistry department. This position is a 2-year fixed-term contract initially, on the company’s payroll with full benefits. The company is offering a competitive salary and full details will be disclosed on application.

The Company

A pioneering UK-based Pharmaceutical company specialising in the development and production of injectable and oral dose vaccines and diagnostic kits for people who suffer from allergies. They have developed an innovative approach to adjuvant therapy which will be of particular interest to someone with a passion for scientific innovation and GMP / sterile production. There are around 270 employees in Worthing and the company has an excellent reputation for its welcoming atmosphere, staff morale and ongoing development.

The Role

This is a varied and highly rewarding position, based around the management of a QC Chemistry department. The teams perform analytical testing of raw biological materials and vaccine / diagnostics products, using a range of state-of-the-art chemical analysis techniques (including HPLC, GC and others). You will have a broad range of responsibilities including:

  • Ensuring laboratories work within current GXP
  • Making sure that analytical methods and procedures are in place and followed consistently
  • Hosting laboratory audits from QA and regulatory authorities
  • Conducting investigations to establish root cause and appropriate CAPAs
  • Maintaining Quality systems within the lab, including OOS, non conformances, annual product reviews and change controls
  • Maintaining validated, calibrated and serviced equipment and ensuring the lab equipment log book is managed correctly
  • Encouraging the teams to propose ideas and collaborate effectively
  • Maintaining QC budgets and department spend
  • Organising the management of QC Scientists’ work

This is a genuinely unique, busy and exciting role with many different aspects, presenting a real opportunity to progress to the next phase of your career. Full details, including a comprehensive job spec, will be provided on application. This position is for 2 years on a fixed-term basis, though there is a good chance that this will lead to something longer-term.


In addition to a competitive salary (negotiable depending on experience, and to be discussed on application), the company offers a very good benefits package including:

  • Annual bonus (discretionary and non-contractual)
  • Stakeholder pension plan
  • Life insurance scheme
  • 25 days’ holiday
  • Long term disability scheme
  • Private medical plan


The successful candidate will ideally have a degree (or higher) in Chemistry or similar, including a strong understanding of the commercial application of chemical techniques (including HPLC, GC and others) within a Pharmaceutical setting. You will need to be able to demonstrate excellent leadership skills and experience, gained in a managerial capacity within a regulated, process-led environment. Experience as a QC Team Leader / Manager in a Biopharmaceutical environment would be a particular advantage. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to learn, listen actively to others, and build collaborative relationships. This is a fantastic career opportunity, so please get in touch for more details.