Quality Management Systems Officer

Sarah Farrow at CK Science is recruiting for a Quality Management Systems Officer for a position at a leading pharmaceutical company based in Sunderland.

You will mainly be responsible for the preparation, review and update of SOPs, logging and investigating things such as deviations to the norm or customer feedback. In addition to this, you will be involved in auditing and inspections internally and externally.

To be considered for this role, you must have experience in a QA position and be qualified to a HNC level or the equivalent in a relevant scientific field.

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Principal Research Associate – Oxford

Jocelyn at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Principal Research Associate to join a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company based in Oxfordshire.

This role primarily involves assisting the development of SNARE cleavage assays using methods such as Western Blotting, HPLC and FRET.

A BSc in a relevant field is essential for this role, and knowledge and experience of working with proteins and botulinum neurotoxins would be beneficial.

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QA Auditor Job in Sussex

Julie Marshall at CK Science is currently looking for a QA Auditor to join the Quality Auditing team of a successful pharmaceutical company based in Sussex.

This QA Auditor role is a full-time, temporary role. If successful, you will be joining a global company and in return there is an attractive salary, coupled with career progression opportunities.

To be considered for this Quality Assurance Auditor position, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Experience in performing and maintaining compliance audits in line with Regulatory and QMS requirements
  • Experience in leading Audits, including scheduling, planning, executing, reporting and CAPA management
  • A degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline or related experience
  • Knowledge of GMP regulations and in-depth knowledge of Quality Management Systems
  • Certified Auditor/Internal/External
  • Experience within a quality function or from a quality based role within manufacturing

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For more information regarding this QA Auditor position, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST24342 in all correspondence.

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Engineering Projects Manager Job in North Scotland

Graeme Pallas at CK Science is currently recruiting for an Engineering Projects Manager to join a blue chip pharmaceutical company based in Northern Scotland.

 

Engineering Projects Manager Job Description:

As Engineering Projects Manager working with this global pharma company, you will be responsible for managing, coordinating and controlling engineering projects to support the manufacturing process of pharmaceutical products whilst adhering to cGMP.

Other duties of this Engineering Projects Manager position will include:

  • Managing day-to-day plan installation work
  • Prepare commissioning strategies
  • Implement strict project and financial controls on projects and undertake feasibility or scheme designs.

As Engineering Projects Manager, you will not be responsible for any direct reports, however, you will coordinate a team of Project Engineers so good communication and leadership skills are essential.

To be considered for this Engineering role, you will be qualified in an engineering/science subject and/or have demonstrable experience managing engineering projects, ideally, in a GMP regulated environment.

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For more information regarding this Engineering Projects Manager position, please contact Graeme Pallas at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24362 in all correspondence.

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Product Compliance Head Job in East Midlands

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Product Compliance Head to join a global pharmaceutical company at their site based in the East Midlands on a permanent basis.

Product Compliance Head Job Description

As Product Compliance Head, you will manage the compliance across the 3 production units, ensuring that all aspects of the handling, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products comply with the requirements of the Quality Manual and Policies and meet all relevant cGMP regulatory and legislative requirements

The purpose of this Product Compliance Head position is to provide technical leadership for the site in all product quality compliance related matters and ensure operational business comply with cGMP legal and regulatory requirements.

Key responsibilities of this Product Compliance Head job will include:

  • Ensure that all aspects of the handling, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products at the site comply with the requirements of the Pharma Corporate Quality Manual and Policies and meet all relevant cGMP regulatory and legislative requirements.
  • Ensure that the local Quality System and Standard Operating Procedures are in place and that compliance with cGMP
  • Ensure that a high quality of products is achieved through qualification and validation based upon quality risk analysis.
  • Ensure that the QA department maintains an innovative approach based on improvement, implementation of best practice.
  • Provide leadership, direction and support to the people within the QA Compliance area and ensure that they are qualified, achieve a high level of competence, are motivated and carry out their duties in a safe manner.
  • Maintain current knowledge of local and international regulatory and legislative requirements and trends to ensure that expert advice and appropriate technical support on product quality related matters is provided to the whole site.
  • Ensure that all components, drug product containers, closures, in process materials, packaging material, labelling and drug products are released in accordance with the registered specifications.
  • Manage complaints, recalls, counterfeits and product tampering according to the company Corporate Quality Manual.

To be considered for this Product Compliance Head position, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A degree in Sciences or equivalent
  • Experience in Quality Assurance and Quality Control and/or in manufacturing environment within the Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Previous experience in API manufacture and ICH guidelines are preferred, however experience within secondary pharmaceutical manufacture will also be considered if you show the technical and managerial skills required for this role.
  • Sound knowledge of pharmaceutical regulatory requirements and be familiar with international guidelines, including FDA and MHRA.

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For more information regarding this Product Compliance Head position, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH24328 in all correspondence.

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Novartis to Cut UK Pharmaceutical Jobs

As reported by the BBC, The Swiss-based pharmaceutical company, Novartis are reportedly planning to close their drug development and manufacturing operations in Horsham, West Sussex, leading to  hundreds of cuts to pharmaceutical jobs.

This site currently employees 950 staff and this is set to reduce to 400 within just two years. It produces approximately 60 different formulations of drugs. Staff will be retained who work on developing respiratory drugs in Horsham. Those focused on gastrointestinal medicines will be relocated to their units based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Basel in Switzerland.

The announcement comes after a series of cuts by pharmaceutical companies across the UK. Including, Pfizer who are to close their research and development centre in Sandwich, Kent – potentially cutting up to 2,400 posts. In addition, both AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline are shutting down sites across the UK.

Novartis have disputed the notion that their plans to close the Horsham site is linked to the decline in attractiveness of the UK in terms of innovation. General Manager, Sue Webb stated, “With significant changes in healthcare systems aimed to contain or cut cost, this critical assessment and the subsequent potential changes to the Novartis UK organisation are key to maintain significant investment in innovative drugs and our research efforts in the UK.”

The Swiss-based pharmaceutical company plan to maintain their manufacturing sites based in Grimsby, Liverpool and Dundee.

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GSK to Pay Trainee Tuition Fees

As reported by The Telegraph, The global pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is to pay up to £27,000 university tuition fees for 50 to 100 of their graduate trainees. They are the first company to announce help recruits in this way.

The company’s chief executive, Andrew Witty announced the news on Sky News. He stated that the scheme was not restricted to scientists, chemists and pharmacists, but will also be available to lawyers, economists and all of the other top class graduates that could help the pharmaceutical company.  He said, “The biggest reason we are doing this is that we want to get the absolute best possible graduates we can to work for GSK,” he told the programme. This is a great way for us to try and ensure we get that next brilliant scientist.”

As of next year, university tuition fees will triple for undergraduates so this is great news for budding scientists who are interested in working in the Pharmaceutical industry.

It is hoped that the announcement of GSK’s scheme will will encourage other companies to follow suit and help their recruits with crippling tuition fees. Thus ensuring that potential top talent will continue with their education.

GSK’s programme will costs them around £3 million per year and trainees will be required to stay with the company for several years until the fees have be repaid.

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Pharma Company, Licensing Deal with Canadian partner

Pharma Emailer PicIt has been reported by the BBC, that the expanding speciality Pharmaceutical company ProStrakan, has entered into a licensing deal with its Canadian partner, Paladin Labs.

As part of the deal, Paladin will provide the pharma company’s products in some emerging markets such as Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Israel. The drugs include Abstral, which is used to treat cancer pain, and anti-nausea patch Sancuso.

Speaking of the licensing deal, Peter Allen, Chairman and acting chief executive “ProStrakan and Paladin already have a track record of working well together.

“I welcome the opportunity to do so more closely as we enter this exciting period in the development of ProStrakan, with US approvals pending for two of our products and the distribution of Sancuso scheduled to re-commence in early 2011.”

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North East Pharma Company Set for Expansion

Aesica, a pharmaceutical company based in the North West of England is planning to double its production capability as a result of a recent acquisition of three European manufacturing sites. The acquisition of the leading biopharma company UCB by the Newcastle-based Aesica, will mark the pharmaceutical company’s first expansion outside the UK. It also demonstrates the firm’s commitment to enhance its service offering to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Aesica chief executive Dr Robert Hardy said: “To have secured manufacturing sites in Europe and on such a large scale is testament to our commitment to ensuring Aesica is recognised as a leading player on the world stage. “It was vital that we capitalised on recent successes, such as the acquisition of R5 earlier this year, which has significantly enhanced our development and formulations capability, and ensured that the momentum was carried forward as we looked to acquire assets in Europe, which we believe will be a key market for us in 2011.” Are you looking for a new position in the UK Pharmaceutical Industry? Click here to search our current pharmaceutical jobs online now.

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Pfizer Chief Announces Early Retirement

As reported by the Telegraph, the chief of the global pharmaceutical company, Pfizer has announced his plans to take early retirement.

Jeff Kindler, who has held the position of chief executive since 2006, stated that “the combination of meeting the requirements of our many stakeholders around the world and the 24/7 nature of my responsibilities, has made this period extremely demanding on me personally”.

It is planned that the head of Pfizer’s biopharmaceuticals business, Ian C Reed will be succeeding Mr Kindler.

Under Kindler’s stewardship, the pharmaceutical company shed more than 14,000 jobs, as well as closing manufacturing plants. The company also paid $68bn (£43bn) for rival Wyeth last year in an effort to invigorate its pipeline of new products.

 

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GSK Recruits Masters Students – Drug Discovery Scheme

iStock_000006963239Medium1-150x150As reported by The Recruiter, the global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will be recruiting British university students to work on the discovery of the drugs of the future.

The pharma company plans to launch a medicinal chemistry module using students in their third year of their Master of Science study at the University of Nottingham. The project will run over two terms with 12 students and will focus on research, synthesis and testing of PI 3 kinase inhibitors, which are currently under investigation by a number of drug companies. GSK will be researching their potential in the treatment of asthma.

The move comes as large pharmaceutical companies take steps to strengthen partnerships with academia in a bid to boost innovation in research whilst reducing costs.

The scheme will be a great opportunity for students to make a name for themselves as inventors of patents, with the possibility of receiving royalties if their work was translated into a successful drug.

Head of Chemistry at GSK, Dave Allen stated. “This is not a way of saving money, but we are not a charity and we get something back. Our people will mentor, and get a sense of innovation from students.”

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Sanofi Aventis Proposes Takeover of Genzyme

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported by the Financial Times, the French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Aventis, has made a preliminary takeover approach to the US biotech group, Genzyme.

It has been reported however that the approach does not constitute a formal proposal and the two companies are not currently in talks. However, Sanofi’s CEO Chris Viehbacher is reportedly considering using the company’s cash to partake in acquisitions in a bid to secure revenues as the patents on their existing drugs are set to expire.

The majority of Genzyme’s focus lies with orphan drugs – those which are used to treat rare conditions which affect a very small percentage of the population. These drugs there for come with high price tags – an attractive prospect for Sanofi.

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Synthetic Organic Chemist – UK

We are currently searching for Synthetic Organic Chemists to join a global pharma company based in Hertfordshire, UK.

As a Synthetic Organic Chemist, you will be experienced in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and will have an understanding of drug development. Any experience in Medicinal Chemistry, DMPK, SAR or CNS drug discovery would also be a distinct advantage for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job.

The ideal candidate for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job will also be experienced in the delivery of small molecules and will be able to undertake independent planning, troubleshooting and successful execution of efficient synthetic routes to novel compounds.

You will hold a minimum of a degree in Chemistry/Synthetic Organic Chemistry (or equivalent) and will have practical ability in Organic Chemistry and a contemporary knowledge of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. You will have the ability to solve complex synthetic problems and to conduct multistep synthesis. It is essential that you are highly motivated and have the ability to adapt to changing priorities. You will also have an understanding of the importance to deliver the end product/final compound.

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For more information, or to apply for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20084 in all correspondence.

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GSK Prepared for Pharmaceutical Drug Price Cuts

Pharmaceutical Jobs, Pharmaceutical Recruitment, UKAs reported in the Daily Telegraph, the global pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is well prepared to take cuts in pharmaceutical drug prices as government budgets are squeezed.

At yesterday’s annual meeting, Andrew Witty, GSK’s Chief Executive, reassured stakeholders that the pharmaceutical company was already experiencing prices cuts of 3% and that it was something they ‘were used to.

Witty stated, ‘We are moving into unpredictable times. Just in the last week, we have seen the government in Greece cut prices by 24% and Germany cut prices by 10%.”

Witty also recognised that these price pressures mean it is even more important that GSK offered “value-for-money propositions on great medicines that make a difference to people’s lives and are priced at a level for government’s to purchase.”

Pharmaceutical investors have recently been focusing their attention to the US, where health reforms are also driving down prices. Not only that but in Greece new regulations have been introduced resulting in cuts of up to 27% for the highest priced pharmaceutical drugs.

However, Citi yesterday stated that GSK had only 21% of sales exposed to potential European drug price action, the second lowest in the sector, “GSK is helped by the high level of sales from vaccines, over-the-counter and also its solid geographic mix.

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GSK to Cut 380 Pharmaceutical Jobs in Harlow, UK

redundancy[1]The global pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have announced that they will be cutting 380 pharmaceutical jobs at their site in Harlow, Essex. The site currently employs 1,150 staff. The cuts come as projects for pain relief, anxiety and depression drugs come to an end. Despite reporting an annual rise in profits of 12% earlier this year, the pharma company are still stressing the need to make cost savings.

GSK’s CEO, Andrew Witty stated that “Glaxo would discontinue research in some areas including depression and pain, and would focus more on degenerative and inflammatory diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.”

 

Glaxo has its headquarters in Brentford, Middlesex, and research bases at Stevenage and Ware in Hertfordshire and Harlow in Essex.

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