Senior Analytical Chemist - Wet Chemistry

Reading, England UK
01 Apr 2019
15 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Analytical Chemist - Wet Chemistry

Req #: 1903340

Location:  Reading, England UK

Job Category: Research, Development & Quality

Job Description

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL), is a leading-edge contract organisation offering research, analysis and consultancy to a global client base. We engage with a diverse selection of start-up companies through to established blue-chip food and pharmaceutical companies. Our commitment is great science, integrity and excellent customer focus assuring that we deliver value to our clients.

RSSL also supports our parent company, Mondelēz International, where we operate as the Reading Science Centre for Mondelez. This means that we have the agility and autonomy of being in a small company whilst enjoying the development and growth of being in a large multinational organisation.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Analytical Chemist to join our successful and expanding Pharmaceutical Laboratory to support our wet chemistry area.

The position is responsible for providing technical direction and managerial guidance to junior members of the team by playing a key role in ensuring that projects are delivered successfully as well as performing hands-on bench work and delivering high quality routine and investigative wet chemistry analyses of raw materials and method verification of pharmacopoeia wet chemistry methods.

There is excellent opportunity to engage with our clients, delivering on their requirements by performing analysis performed to GMP quality standards.

Different work patterns apply (early, standard day and later options).

Key Accountabilities

Technical and Operational:

  • Provide high quality customer service at all times by ensuring effective organisation of assigned workload, integrity of analytical data generated and timely / accurate provision of results to GMP standards.
  • Provide technical direction and troubleshooting of wet chemistry techniques within the team and provide training and supervision of junior staff in routine activities, methods and interpretation.
  • Accountability for assigned wet chemistry analyses / projects across departments.
  • Contribute to RSSL’s Emergency Response Service (ERS), if required.

Communication & Influence:

  • Work as part of an efficient analytical team.
  • To liaise with clients, business development and line management to ensure effective communication of project proposals and results.
  • Participate in client and stakeholder meetings as required.
  • Deliver presentations to technical stakeholders and clients as required.
  • Manage small projects or defined areas of larger projects.

Leadership & Supervision:

  • Plan own workload and routine projects for junior staff.
  • Train junior members of the team as required.
  • Manage a team of Scientists and Technicians, developing skills needed to be a strong line manager.


  • Work to the highest standards of safety and quality by ensuring that appropriate COSHHs, risk assessments and SOPs are read before starting work.
  • Help maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment.
  • Understand and work to the requirements of GMP.
  • Ensure all training records are accurate.
  • Know the ethical and legal compliance responsibilities of the position - raise questions and concerns when faced with an ethical or compliance issues, apply integrity in all aspects of professional conduct.


Key Requirements

Knowledge (including education, qualifications and training):

  • Educated to Degree or PhD in Chemistry (or equivalent) with extensive practical industry experience in an analytical laboratory utilising wet chemistry techniques.
  • Scientific understanding and ability to independently conduct chemical analysis.
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Word, Excel).

Experience: (Preferred):

  • Awareness of pharmacopoeia.
  • Good knowledge of laboratory quality and accreditation systems (GMP) and previous experience of working to GMP.
  • Pharmaceutical development awareness.

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