Senior Biochemist – Pharmaceutical QC

Senior Biochemist – Pharmaceutical QC

Job Title: Senior Biochemist – Pharmaceutical QC
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Worthing
Salary: Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefits
Start Date: 2019-06-19
Reference: J16275
Contact Name: Steve Twinley
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 09, 2019 15:46

Job Description

Are you a Biochemist with strong experience gained in a commercial GLP / GMP lab environment? If so, this could be an excellent opportunity to progress your Pharmaceutical career. A brand-new opportunity has arisen for a commercially-savvy and process-focused QC Biochemist, to provide technical guidance, support and troubleshooting for biochemical assays, as well as carrying out OOS investigations.
We are looking for a great communicator who enjoys building relationships with both scientific and non-scientific individuals. If you have Biochemistry degree (or similar) combined with a strong protein background (including ELISA and other protein biochemical assay experience), and a solid grounding in a GMP/GLP-regulated Pharmaceutical or Biotech environment, this will be an excellent career opportunity with a pioneering organisation.
The Company 
An innovative 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 role, based around the support of a lab-based Biochemistry QC team. The team performs analytical testing of raw materials and vaccine / diagnostics products, using a range of state-of-the-art biochemical assays and other techniques. You will have a broad range of responsibilities including:
To ensure the potency & safety of the products released to market by managing, scheduling and performing biochemistry analytical testing and laboratory work to regulated standards, whilst maintaining laboratory functions and logistics.  

  • Technical troubleshooting of biochemical assays (including ELISA and SDS-PAGE)
  • Ensuring QC Scientists are briefed on urgent samples, procedure updates and issues
  • Attending daily schedule meetings and supporting the QC Biochemistry Team Leader
  • Raising and investigating Non Conformances and Out Of Specifications
  • Carrying out tasks as directed by the QC Manager and Biochemistry Team Leader
  • Actively promoting a positive and collaborative team culture
  • Performing self inspections
  • Working in collaboration with the Development team on long-term and short-term projects
  • Maintaining and validating records on assay sheets and LIMS system 

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. 
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 better still, MSc or PhD) in Biochemistry or similar (e.g. Immunology), including a strong understanding of the commercial application (ie. GMP / GLP) of protein biochemistry, including ELISA, SDS-PAGE and other immunoassay techniques. You will need to be able to demonstrate excellent technical skills and experience, gained in a managerial capacity within a regulated, process-led environment. 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.