Quality Control Officer

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    Cheshire, England

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    Scientific and Pharmaceutical

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    Ian C Hull BA (Hons) Dip RP

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    9 months ago

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Quality Control Officer (Pharmaceutical and Food) Permanent Position based in Cheshire.

About Our Business
It is an extremely exciting time to be joining Tata Chemicals Europe's quality team! The salt and sodium bicarbonate which we produce is extremely versatile and used in a wide range of applications and industries including pharmaceuticals, food and animal feed, amongst many others.

Our products are critical to everyday life and are used in all leading brands by companies big and small all over the world as we export to over 50 countries from our manufacturing sites in Cheshire.

Quality is at the heart of being able to satisfy such
a diverse range of customers and industries, and the company is certificated to a number of standards including cGMP, BRC, ISO9001:2015 and FEMAS, and is registered with a number of overseas health authorities.

The company has exciting plans to grow this business further, so this is a fantastic opportunity to join an already world leading company and help make it become even more successful.

Job purpose:
Take responsibility for ensuring that all salt and sodium bicarbonate products are tested appropriately and are fully compliant with specifications and in accordance with the standards we manufacture to (GMP, BRC, FEMAS, ISO9001), in order to keep our customers satisfied.

Responding to the Head of Quality & Business Development, the main responsibilities of the Quality Control Officer role are to:
Take day-to-day ownership of all finished product testing for the salt and sodium bicarbonate business unit
Lead a team of 4 analysts across two sites, ensuring they are motivated and engaged and that results comply with standards
Identify opportunities to improve performance in terms of service levels, efficiency and cost of all QC and lab activities
Develop and proceduralise new test methods, including performing method validation as apt, and train analysts/ operators as required
Issue batch certificates to customers
Ensure all testing and equipment is risk assessed and safety compliant (i.e. COSHH assessments)
Manage schedules of external testing and maintenance/calibration of all laboratory equipment Work closely with other functions on development and improvement projects to ensure adequate testing is performed which inform investment decisions Represent QC/ labs in audits (regulatory, customer etc.)
As part of the quality team, ensure that key quality processes (change control, deviation, complaints, CAPA etc.) are being followed for all QC & lab activities
Coordinate requests for all ad hoc testing, including raw material and packaging tests, validation testing, impurity analysis
Provide input to monthly quality meetings on QC performance and issues .

Required Degree or equivalent in Scientific discipline (Chemistry, Biosciences, Physical sciences Degree or equivalent)

Experience of leading in a QC/lab environment gained ideally within a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment - minimum of 5 years

Ability to manage analysts across site

Experience of working to a range of different standards - covering GMP, BRC and FEMAS

Ability to work effectively with and influence a wide range of stakeholders (internal teams, customers, auditors)

Effective data analysis and IT skills Effective verbal and written communication skills

Experience of CEP Knowledge of BRC/HACCP and lSO9001 standard Working knowledge of SAP

Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma/ Continuous Improvement