Job Title: Production Chemist (Senior – Level III) / Media & Bonded Production
Reports To: Production Team Leader
Division: AIG/Chromatography & Mass Spectrometry Division
Position Location: Runcorn, UK
To manufacture and quality assure specific chromatography products to meet the required output and quality levels, focusing in particular on process development, continuous improvement and technical standards within the production environment.
This will involve using professional skills and chemical knowledge to maintain, update and continuously improve the processes and practices used in order to achieve improved production performance. To enable this a process dossier will need to be maintained to record technical knowledge, changes, process safety and general learning about the processes.
To continually monitor QC results, in particular looking for trends and deviations; taking positive action to improve batch to batch reproducibility and process robustness.
To liaise with and support the Team Leader to ensure that production levels of the correct quantity, quality and cost are achieved.
The business unit manufactures Hypersil silicas and Hypercarb (porous graphitic carbon) as well as various HPLC and SPE packing materials. These products are sold to a worldwide market made up predominantly of pharmaceutical companies, universities, hospitals, government institutions and a wide range of industrial companies in varying fields of activities. Product quality and consistency are key to this market and the role will have a critical impact in this area.
1 Production and Testing
i. To participate in daily stand up meetings to discuss ongoing production, visibility, batch awareness and to ensure any potential issues, upcoming process changes and delays are highlighted and communicated.
ii. To ensure that production processes are carried out in strict accordance with prescribed manufacturing procedures and practices, overseeing colleagues in order that quality standards and performance targets are achieved.
iii. To monitor and continually look for innovative ways to reduce process cycle times.
iv. To consistently uphold the 4I values and be a role model for Thermo Fisher Scientific principles.
2 Record Keeping
i. Ensure that records are accurately kept for each stage of the process and understand why these records are kept and the implications of any inaccuracies or omissions.
ii. Enter and interpret data associated with quality databases and ensure all information is accurate.
iii. Use the document control system and suggest improvements to production processes.
i. Be able to use and troubleshoot the laboratory equipment.
ii. Ensure all equipment is maintained and repaired in a timely way so as to minimise disruption caused by equipment failure.
iii. Ensure laboratory cleanliness is maintained at all times to minimise the risk to health and contamination to production processes.
4 Team Working
- Liaise with the Team Leader, the rest of your team members and the Bonding / Testing teams.
- Encourage mutual respect and co-operation within your team and with other teams.
- To assist in the training of team members by providing coaching and mentoring where required.
- Recognise the responsibility to share knowledge and information by listening actively and communicating completely.
5 Problem Solving and Innovation
- Carry out process trouble shooting, to identify and solve process issues, involving and supporting the Team Leader as appropriate.
- Take ownership of and carry out production projects and perform associated quality tests.
- Encourage the use of Practical Process Improvement (PPI) tools, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), 5 Whys, Lean and 5S principle; be a promoter in the strive for excellence.
6 Skills and Knowledge
- To continue to acquire and develop the necessary skills and knowledge, to ensure continuing personal growth in the requirements of the job.
- To know thoroughly the chemistry involved in the processes being carried out in order to make correct, informed decisions and support other team members.
- Utilize thorough knowledge of the production processes to carry out effective and informative lab tours when required.
7 Procedures and Regulations
- Know, fully understand and champion compliance with health & safety regulations, COSHH requirements and ISO9001 quality procedures.
- Ensure that health and safety procedures are adhered to and encourage the use of ‘SOOS’ (Speak Out On Safety) to improve working practices and conditions.
- Ensure that Risk Assessments are completed in a timely manner and are kept up to date and available for team members.
- Be a respected team member with the skills and knowledge to enable your colleagues to perform to the best of their ability.
- Contribute to the development of your individual team members’ skills, knowledge and abilities.
- Take responsibility for developing and extending your own skills and knowledge of media and bonded production.
- Identify, lead and contribute proactively to improvement projects designed to improve testing, production processes and products or to introduce new products.
- Contact with Team Leader and Operations Manager for setting of targets.
- Contact with other team members within the framework of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Contact with Team Leader and Operations Manager for discussion of projects/improvements.
- Contact with Product Managers, Development Team, Technical Support Team and Applications Team in the course of project work.
- Degree in Chemistry or equivalent.
- Proven industrial or laboratory experience.
- Detailed knowledge and understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry in general, and chromatography in particular.
- Awareness of Health & Safety regulations, COSHH requirements, ISO9001 quality procedures, operational practices and relevant chemistry.
- PC skills, in particular Excel and knowledge of Statistical Processing.
- Ability and willingness to acquire new knowledge and skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Ability to take responsibility, work on own initiative and meet deadlines.
- High level of communication and interpersonal skills.