Quality Associate

 

JOB TYPE: Permanent
START DATE: Open
HOURS: Full time
SALARY: £20,000 - £28,000 per annum dependent on experience

 

Oxford Genetics, a leader in synthetic biology, is a specialised contract research organisation offering services to support the discovery, development and production of biologics, with a particular focus on viral vectors for gene therapy applications. A unifying theme across the portfolio is expertise in DNA design, expression system optimisation, cell line development and engineering of viral delivery systems. We are located within purpose-fitted laboratories at the Oxford Science Park, just South of Oxford.

We are in a phase of rapid expansion and are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic quality associate to join the team and help facilitate the next stage of our development as a company. We aim to be both innovative and entrepreneurial in everything we do – join us and contribute to this exciting journey!

 

ROLE OVERVIEW:

The Quality Associate will support the implementation and administration of processes and procedures to sustain and improve quality related activities within the company. The appointee will work within the Quality and Laboratory Management team to maintain the QMS and to ensure activities are carried out in line with the company policies and procedures. The role will involve extensive interaction with internal stakeholders to promote best practice. This new position will be based in our offices in Oxford and reports to the Quality Manager.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide support to the Quality Manager by ensuring the introduction and compliance of established quality standards across all on-going activities
  • Maintain the company quality system, records, logs and databases, as required
  • Maintain the document change control system to ensure changes to processes, systems, equipment are appropriately assessed and implemented
  • Write, review and approve controlled documents
  • Maintain the staff training matrix and conduct staff training on quality related procedures
  • Review operational records and reports, ensuring data integrity
  • Assist with quality related inspections
  • Assist with the investigation of non-conformances, implement corrective actions and monitor their effectiveness
  • Suggest ideas and strategies for continual improvement and actively contribute to their implementation
  • Use QMS and technical knowledge to answer quality related questions effectively and in a timely fashion
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities within the overall function, as commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the post

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

  • BSc in relevant discipline, with experience in a biological sciences laboratory environment
  • Experience working to ISO9001 and GLP quality standards
  • Experience working in a commercial / industry setting is preferred but not essential
  • Experience in improvement activity, especially in quality culture and compliance; to ensure implementation of appropriate corrective actions and opportunities
  • Previous experience in a quality assurance role
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 QMS requirements

 

PREFERRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • High-level attention to detail and accuracy; analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Apply creative software solutions to new operational requirements
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • A flexible and adaptable approach - ability to work efficiently both independently, and as part of a team

 

COMPANY BENEFITS:

25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays, Pension with matched employer contribution to 7%, Health Insurance, Group Life Cover, Child Care Voucher Scheme, Glasses Vouchers and a friendly working environment in a small and expanding company.

 

JOB LOCATION

We have offices in the UK and USA. This role will be located at The Oxford Science Park, just 4 miles south east of Oxford, with parking and good public transport links from Oxford. Our UK office address is: Oxford Genetics Ltd, Medawar Building, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GA.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom without sponsorship.

Please send a CV. Your CV should include evidence that demonstrates how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks. Your application will be judged on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description.

 

DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

We provide all our staff with a welcoming and inclusive workplace that enables and empowers everyone to develop and deliver professional excellence. We recognise diversity is vital for innovation and creativity and value each individual’s contribution. Entry into employment with Oxford Genetics and further progression will be determined by personal merit and the application of criteria related to the duties of the role. The ability to perform the role will be the primary consideration on entry into employment and to successfully pass probation.

 

PRE EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work in the UK, proof of identity, references and health assessment.

 

To apply for the position then please send a cover letter and CV to recruitment@oxgene.com