Senior QC Laboratory Analyst / Team Leader – Pharmaceuticals

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
£29k – £35k + bonus + benefits + relocation
29 Mar 2019
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior QC Laboratory Analyst / Team Leader – Pharmaceuticals                                                      

Role: Full-time, permanent

Location: Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne

Salary: £29k – £35k + bonus + benefits + relocation

The Role:

Due to significant company growth, we’re seeking additional meticulous and methodical Senior QC Laboratory Analysts to manage a team of QC Analysts in developing, testing, and analysing our products. These include solid oral dose and effervescent tablet formats, along with speciality medicaments such as potent drugs. In this demanding and varied role, you’ll work closely with other departments to understand our production requirements and to plan the timely testing of our product batches across your team to ensure our production and testing schedules are met. Working collaboratively with the wider QC department you’ll oversee method validations, method developments, method transfers and our stability testing programme, as well as the analysis of a variety of samples including APIs, intermediates and finished products using HPLC, FTIR, UV/VIS and GC techniques. All testing is conducted to meet MHRA and GMP compliance standards and as such you’ll ensure your team are trained appropriately, follow processes and instructions closely and that accurate records and documents are maintained at all times. You’ll also take ownership for the preparation of our method transfers and stability protocols, along with the calibration of laboratory instruments including Qualification, preventative maintenance and technical troubleshooting. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to support cross-functional and departmental projects (including investigations into OOS and OOT reports) and proactively drive our continuous improvement initiatives to support best practice working.

As we continue to open our Fawdon site, you have a rare opportunity to join our team from the beginning, help to establish our laboratories and make a real difference from the start and grow with the company as we continue to expand.

The Person:

With significant experience in a similar role within a pharmaceutical GMP compliant analytical lab, you’ll have a good knowledge of EU quality regulations and strong experience across the testing methods listed above. Experience of conducting self-inspections, Quality based investigations, root cause analyses would be also be advantageous. With excellent communication and interpersonal skills, you’re confident liaising with all levels of authority, can navigate cultural differences with ease, and value working in multi-disciplinary teams. As an experienced Senior Analyst / Team Leader / Trainer, you enjoy building effective teams and sharing your knowledge to improve results, but are also comfortable having more difficult conversations, when required.

With strong organisation and administration skills, you make good decisions, have a strong eye for detail and can prioritise a busy workload to meet deadlines. A degree-level qualification in Chemistry (with additional industry experience) is essential for this role, as are good IT skills, with a particular focus on Microsoft Office – ideally with advanced Excel skills.

The Rewards:

In return, we offer a competitive salary and rewards package (including holiday, bonus and pension scheme). Not to mention the opportunity to genuinely make a difference in a new and dynamic role within a progressive and expanding business, at an exciting time of growing international reach. This role represents a real opportunity for on-going development, learning and progression as the company continues to expand.

How to Apply:                                                                                                      

If you possess the experience, passion and ability to make this role a success, we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV with cover letter to by 28th April, or for further details, you can contact Nicci by email on

A Bit About Us:

Accord Healthcare is one of the fastest growing generic pharmaceutical companies in the UK and Ireland, involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of medicines to over 70 countries around the world. Recognised as a ‘Partner of Choice’ across the industry for our quality and customer service, our core aim is to support patients to receive the medicines they need, when they need them. With an ambition to become a top 5 pan-EMENA generics company by 2021, we’re looking for the best and brightest technical minds and forward-thinking business professionals. Keeping our people at the heart of all we do, we offer rewarding opportunities for those looking for continued personal and professional growth, investing in training and development tailored to each individual’s focus. So, if you’re looking for an inclusive company to take your career to the next level, you’re certainly in the right place.

Our Fawdon Site:

Representing our newest exciting development, our Fawdon plant started life with us as a brownfield site, which we’re purposefully bringing back to life for the manufacturing of solid dosage format medicines and the packaging of bulk import tablets. Taking a responsible staged approach, the realistic vision for the site is to expand capacity and become the European distribution centre for Accord, making it an important and influential project. With a strong start-up feel, it’s a dynamic environment to work in where you can take real ownership of your work and pride in the results you’ll see. This is a rare opportunity to be part of growing a pharmaceutical facility from the start, and to make a real impact at our ambitious and forward-thinking organisation. 

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