Associate Scientist, Quality Control

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LGC Limited
May 27, 2021
Petaluma, CA
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The Associate Scientist, Quality Control (QC) is responsible for development of QC procedures and processes, developing staff, fostering a culture of safety and quality, and participating in QC analysis. The scientist collaborates with production scheduling, instrumentation and maintenance within the QC space.

Areas of Responsibility:

Provides effective teamwork through:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Training and mentoring of team members to develop technical growth opportunities.
  • Supplying technical expertise to team members.
  • Comply with company policy and work with management and HR to address issues.
  • Participate in recruiting and selection of team members.

Ensures QC projects and priorities are completed by:

  • Assisting to plan QC projects, including project timelines.
  • Properly scheduling QC projects and work with colleagues to complete them accordingly.
  • Scope resource needs for projects.
  • Acquire raw materials, instrumentation time and personnel needed to complete QC projects.
  • Communicate expectations and priorities to assigned team members to ensure projects are completed on time.
  • Provide project progress to management on a regular basis.
  • Capable of operating and performing QC analysis on all instruments in immediate work area.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with internal and external suppliers, QC team members and QC managers to assure the most efficient use of time and resources; initiating and fostering a spirit of cooperation within and between departments.
  • Communicate with internal customers on progress of projects.

Offers subject matter expertise through:

  • Participation in QC testing and development of team members.
  • Reviewing processes and writing appropriate controlled documents as needed.
  • Developing and documenting new processes to be used in quality control testing.
  • Analyzing raw data, organizing results and planning project steps accordingly.
  • Maintaining accurate and complete records for development and experimental projects and results.
  • Evaluating, identifying, acquiring and implementing new equipment to improve manufacturing processes.
  • Performing training of QC team members on new processes.
  • Acting as a scientific resource for teams within the QC group.
  • Proactively interfacing with QC group and internal customers to identify and implement areas of continuous improvement.
  • Executing on objectives and goals to support a positive, efficient and motivated team.
  • Responsibility for overseeing the safe use of hazardous chemicals in a manufacturing environment on a daily basis.
  • Supplying regular feedback on the status of the team, instrumentation and process.
  • As needed and upon mutual agreement, an Associate Scientist, QC may be called on to temporarily work any shift in the department, including during day, swing, or weekends.



Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, or other directly related field and/or demonstrates proficiency to meet the requirements of an Associate Scientist, QC.
  • Demonstrated understanding of HPLC use and principles.

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years of hands-on QC experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years of highly accurate and successful GDPs in a regulated environment.
  • Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt.
  • Demonstrated hands-on industry experience with HPLC samples and analysis.
  • Demonstrated success with continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated success coaching and mentoring staff with scientific principles and techniques.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Professional presence and strong attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and problem solving abilities.
  • Technical proficiency that enables effective participation of the QC process.
  • Strong communication skills to design, execute and report with projects.
  • Ability to consistently deliver on good documentation.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with cross-functional teams.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel) and Outlook.
  • Proficient use of a web browser.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Capable of calculating equivalents.