Senior Biochemist – Vaccine GMP Quality Control

Senior Biochemist – Vaccine GMP Quality Control

Job Title: Senior Biochemist – Vaccine GMP Quality Control
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Worthing
Salary: Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefits
Start Date: 2019-07-16
Reference: J16275a
Contact Name: Steve Twinley
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 17, 2019 14:09

Job Description

Are you a Biochemist with strong experience gained in a commercial GMP environment? If so, this could be an excellent opportunity to progress your Pharmaceutical career with a company who develop and manufacture vaccines. 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 offers a strong salary and benefits package, together with excellent opportunities for career progression.
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 debilitating and life-threatening conditions. 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:
  • Ensure the potency & safety of the products released to market by managing, scheduling and performing biochemistry analytical testing
  • Overseeing 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.