Senior Analytical Laboratory Technician

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Senior QC Laboratory Technician

Macclesfield site

Competitive salary and benefits

Make a meaningful impact on people’s lives with life-changing medicines

Be proud to play a critical role as the eyes and ears of our patients. Unafraid of the responsibility, we monitor and sign off each batch as if the medicine were for our own family. All our contributions add up to improving the quality of patients’ healthcare and ultimate their quality of life.

We take Quality seriously. There’s a clear ambition to shift the attitude around Quality. It’s more than just following procedures and regulations; it’s about adding value for our patients, which ultimately benefits the business.

Our Macclesfield campus

The Macclesfield site is our second largest manufacturing site and the largest UK based campus, from which our medicines are manufacture, packaged and distributed to over 130 countries globally. People are at the very heart of AstraZeneca and the facilities around site support this. You will find an onsite gym, restaurants, parking, on-site holiday childcare and much more!

Business area

There is potential for roles across the drug product and API/raw materials QC teams. All QC teams are a highly skilled analytical team involved in testing a wide variety of materials for both release and stability testing. QC technicians are encouraged to be flexible across a number of techniques and a wide product range.

The teams are constantly driving continuous improvement activities so this mentality is essential for the team. There are also lots of opportunities in the team to develop other skills – e.g. laboratory investigation lead, document management (authoring methods, SOPs, etc), manufacturing excellence/LEAN, problem solving, etc.

We are now recruiting for Senior QC Laboratory Technicians to join the QC teams at our Macclesfield site.

The role

  • Drug Product QC team - Testing Formulated products against registered Quality Specifications and ensuring quality, safety and efficacy prior to delivery to the customer

  • API QC team – Testing APIs and raw materials against registered specifications including pharmacopoeia testing.

  • Utilising a wide range of analytical techniques to enable testing to proceed. This would include many techniques including HPLC, GC, KF, IR, UV, Dissolution both manually and with automated equipment.

  • Ensuring the appropriate quality systems are followed in order for the laboratory to meet its responsibilities with respect to GMP and SHE.

  • Being part of Manufacturing Excellence and LEAN in the lab (5s, standard work, continuous improvement, problem solving, etc)

Essential Skills & Experience

  • A minimum of a BSc or equivalent in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent work experience in a GMP Quality Control Laboratory

  • Strong experience in an analytical laboratory, preferably in a GMP setting

  • Analytical chemistry and separation science expertise

  • Knowledge of GMP and regulatory framework

  • Systematic approach to work, proven prioritisation skills and rational approach to problem solving

  • Capability for continuous self-development

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changes

  • Able to work in accordance with Health and Safety regulation

Why AstraZeneca...

It’s a place to grow a fulfilling and exciting career with constant opportunities resulting from new products, technologies and growing areas like biologics. Our continued growth gives you greater exposure than anywhere else

Next step…

Applications are welcomed from 13th March 2023 - 22nd March 2023

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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