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Scientific Quality Auditor - United Kingdom  

Charles River (company)

Posted on : 19 September 2017

Project Description

Department Marketing Statement

Charles River is one of the world’s largest Contract Research Organisations with more than 11,000 employees throughout 70 facilities in 16 countries and a market leader in the provision of product development services. At Charles River, we take a passionate approach to improving human and animal health. Our company is uniquely designed to meet the needs of our clients in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine and Agrochemical sectors.


For nearly 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

We are seeking a Scientific Quality Auditor for our Safety Assessment group site located in Tranent

The Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) supports the above sectors by monitoring scientific studies, procedures and reports for compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and Good Clinical Practice (both human and veterinary).  The role is particularly suitable to new graduates who wish to make use of their scientific background outside a lab based role. The role offers plenty of opportunity for progression, via a four level ladder from Associate Auditor to Senior Auditor.

Key Responsibilities:

  • You will work within our busy QA team to assure management that the company’s scientific research activities comply with international regulations.
  • You will be involved in a variety of duties including
  • Study Plan Reviews to ensure our studies are planned properly
  • Inspections of laboratory/animal procedures and facilities, interacting with staff at all levels across the site
  • Audits of scientific reports to assure that the reports fully and accurately describe the data obtained during our studies.
  • Advising our scientific teams and management on all aspects of quality and compliance

The following are minimum requirements related to this position.

Applicants must have:

  • A degree in Life Sciences or a Chemistry related subject. 
  • An eye for detail and the determination and patience to complete jobs to a high standard within tight timescales is essential. 
  • You must be an effective communicator, with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to check scientific calculations for accuracy. 
  • An interest in scientific research and commitment to quality and customer care will be expected. 

Full and comprehensive training will be provided to enable you to develop through our career progression structure.

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Data Protection

This information will be used by Charles River for the purpose of recruitment and selection only and the administration thereof.  The personal information that you give us will also be used in a confidential manner to help us monitor our recruitment process. In the event you are recruited, your data will not be used other than in the normal course of business and the administration of your employment with us. We may check the information collected with third parties to ensure its accuracy and we may also use or pass to certain third parties information to prevent or detect crime or in other ways as permitted by law. By submitting this application form to us, we will be assuming that you agree to the processing of sensitive personal data in the manner described above.