QC Scientist – Chemistry (2 temp shift roles) - Swindon, Wiltshire

QC Scientist – Chemistry (2 temp shift roles) - Swindon, Wiltshire

Job Title: QC Scientist – Chemistry (2 temp shift roles) - Swindon, Wiltshire
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Swindon
Salary: Up to £27,000 + 10% shift allowance
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 15638+ST
Contact Name: Steve Twinley
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 10, 2017 17:32

Job Description

  • QC Scientist – Chemistry
  • 2 full- time vacancies available
  • Swindon, Wiltshire
  • Leading Pharmaceutical company with fascinating products
  • Initially 12 months contract with potential to become permanent
  • Shift pattern: required to work alternative weekends for 2 days off in the week. E.g: 7 days on
  • 2 days off 3 days on 2 days off – regular 8 hours working day (9-5)
  • Salary  is up to £27,000 per annum + 10% shift allowance
  • Experience as an Analyst within a commercial QC laboratory is ESSENTIAL
  • Experience in writing stability report and validation protocols is ESSENTIAL
  • Experience in conducting Finished Product testing for QC Release is ESSENTIAL
  • Knowledge of HPLC, UV,Karl Fisher, FT-IR, TLC is ESSENTIAL

Are you an experienced QC Scientist or have you perhaps worked as an Analyst within Quality Control laboratory? 2 new vacancies have arisen for QC Scientists to join the Quality Chemistry team within a leading global pharmaceutical company. You must be an enthusiastic and motivated individual who is able to manage day to day tasks with minimal supervision. You must have experience as an Analyst within a commercial QC laboratory as the team you will be joining is relatively inexperienced. The successful candidate will conduct analysis in support of QC Release, Stability and in-process Validation and have the ability to work as part of a team.

The Company
A major Pharmaceutical service organisation based in Swindon, Wiltshire. Across 30+ sites worldwide, the company offers a range of drug development, manufacturing, packaging and distribution services to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The Swindon site is a R&D and manufacturing facility, producing both large and smaller quantities of patented products, including some sterile processing. This is an excellent environment in which to gain new experiences and develop your skills.

The Role
This is a varied shift based role: to work every other weekends for 2 days off in the week. Hence 7 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 2 days off – regular 8 hours working day (9am-5pm). Your duties will include:


  • To be able to conduct Finished Product QC release testing as required by the role with daily supervision as required using techniques such as Balances, pH meter, UV, Karl Fisher, FT-IR, TLC, Dissolution and HPLC (to include degradation analysis).
  • To be able to generate a simple test plan for a validation project.
  • To be able to write a stability report based on the protocol and test results generated. 
  • To have working knowledge of the following Quality system: LIMS; Entering and checking of results.
  • Qumas; printing documents, and creation of basic CR’s.
  • To understand and correctly implement written instructions with below the average number of method deviations.
  • To perform analytical work with average testing volumes/output whilst generating data with no more than the average laboratory notebook Right First Time error rate and no less than the average analytical Right First Time as a result of human error.
  • To manage day to day tasks with minimal supervision/guidance:
  • Be able to correctly interpret product tracking sheets.
  • Identify correct specifications and methods for testing, including stability and validation protocols.
  • Complete allocated task in time frame provided and have awareness of the wider team and support peers as required.
  • May plan own workload in conjunction with Senior Scientists
  • Be able to identify laboratory out of specification and out of trend results.
  • Perform preliminary investigations of basic deviations and complete investigation FM022 forms.
  • Complete laboratory rota’s as required.
  • Understand and implement lab ordering processes via VMI and Kanban systems.
  • Maintain personal and communal laboratory areas in line with 5S principles.

The successful candidate will have a strong Chemistry education (BSc or MSc / MChem). You also will need to have experience in analytical testing using chemistry techniques such as HPLC, Karl Fisher, FT-IR, Balances, pH meters within a pharmaceutical QC laboratory following GLP / GMP regulations. You will also need to demonstrate the ability to take on considerable accountability to perform and complete investigations of deviations. 

These are contract positions.