AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Quality Control Analytical BioChemist, AstraZeneca Sweden Biologics in Södertälje, Sweden

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our new biologics manufacturing plant at Gärtuna, Södertälje. The purpose-built facility will supply the next generation of biological drugs from the AstraZeneca pipeline; supporting the acceleration of the biologics portfolio. The new manufacturing plant will focus on the filling and packaging of protein therapeutics for late stage clinical and commercial products.

As Quality Analytical Chemist you will perform laboratory operations including quality control testing on products, raw materials and components by analytical and biochemical methods in accordance with the appropriate cGXP. Have data review approval authority and participate in analytical technology transfers and validations. Conduct trouble-shooting of laboratory equipment. You will report directly to the Quality Control Manager.

We are looking for you that have a degree (or equivalent) in chemistry/biochemistry or a related discipline. You also have experience in chromatography/electrophoresis.

If you are inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do – join us!

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Performs laboratory tests in accordance with the appropriate cGXP in order to produce reliable and precise data to support product release and scientific investigations. Analytical testing to include: HPLC/UPLC – RP. NP, CEX and HIC. Gas Chromatography, Electophoresis- CE and ICE, Spectroscopy, Protein concentration, Device testing and Particulate Analysis. Prepares specimens and samples for analysis. Writes and execution of key protocols and reports. Keeps up to date with technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability.

Undertakes a variety of non-routine testing including analytical method transfer and validation, complaint, experimental/validation work and analytical support to production. Performs routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies and processes to carry out analyses. Performs data review/approval and data retention activities. Input data for trending purposes.

Records and as appropriate interprets results to present to senior colleagues. Constructs, maintains and operates standard laboratory equipment. Ensures the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced. Uses computers and performs mathematical calculations for the analysis of data and preparation of graphs, trends, etc. The checking of temperature storage units and responding to excursions.

Lead Quality Control investigations as required. Provides support to functional and cross functional investigations when needed. Responds effectively to technical requests from the Quality Control function using expert knowledge of Quality Control instrumentation and methodology to troubleshoot, root cause and solve problems in order to minimise down-time. Follows and ensures strict safety procedures and safety checks. To participate in Company inter-departmental problem-solving and teamwork initiatives.

Liaises with engineers and service providers in order to maximise knowledge and availability of equipment. Participates in local LEAN processes and consistently seeks opportunities for continuous improvement.

Provides support to regulatory inspections with direct involvement as appropriate. Will be responsible for buddying and the practical training of new starters. To ensure the compliance of all laboratory procedures and personnel with Health & Safety Guidelines. Leads by example and acts as a Role Model for the function championing initiatives.

Essential Requirements

  • Degree level/or equivalent in chemistry/biochemistry or a related discipline.

  • Experience in chromatography/electrophoresis.

  • Fluent in both Swedish and English.

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience in a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) environment / Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

  • Understanding of Quality Control testing techniques.

  • Previous Biopharmaceutical Industry experience.

If you are interested, apply now!

Welcome with your application no later than July 3rd, 2017

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.