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Lead Scientist (BioPharm CMC), Harrogate

Company: Covance
Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Reference: 61626BR
Closing Date: 14 Nov 16
Type: Permanent
Salary (£): Competitive

Job Summary:

We are currently recruiting a Lead Scientists to join our QC Operations Group in Harrogate (UK). Position is open for foreign candidates with valid work permit in UK who would like to relocate and join us in Harrogate!


With more than 47.000 employees around the globe, LabCorp/COVANCE is one of the world’s most comprehensive and experienced contract research organizations (CROs) and laboratory services provider with a tradition of innovation in the science and processes of drug development. We have the ability to offer wealth of services covering all aspects of drug development ranging from non-clinical research services through to post-marketing safety and commercialization services. We are currently the only CRO with this depth of service offerings.

We are currently recruiting a Lead Scientists to join our QC Operations Group in Harrogate (UK).

Position is open for foreign candidates with valid work permit in UK who would like to relocate and join us in Harrogate!

Working as part of the Molecule Management Group, the Lead Scientist (LS) routinely manages large, multi-technique projects. In this role, the LS will provide internal and external Clients with a central scientific point of contact for projects within BioPharmaceutical CMC Solutions – Large Molecules (BioCMC). The individual is accountable for leading the scientific teams to ensure that Client requirements and deliverables are met. This involves discussion with the Client to design proposals, working with the PMO, communicate with the QC section managers and oversight of scientific progress of projects to ensure the successful, initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and completion of projects. The LS primary responsibilities will be to navigate the regulatory framework to ensure that the client programs are conducted to meet the defined milestones along the drug development pathway with scientific integrity. 
The LS is expected to have a working knowledge of all methodologies for a Client project. They will write protocols and reports using the QC Scientist approved data that fulfils the protocol design and all regulatory expectations. 

The LS will be required to communicate with internal and external project teams, departmental management and the Client to ensure effective scientific progress throughout the life cycle of a project in partnership with the PMO. The LS will be expected to communicate the scientific and regulatory framework of a project that builds a team to understand and delivers the drug development milestones. 

The individual will identify and communicate scientific and regulatory developments to the molecule management team and the wider senior scientific group (Method Development and QC Scientists). 

The post holder will report to a Senior Lead Scientist on a daily basis. 

The post holder will ensure adherence to the BioCMC SOPs and will be responsible for completion of all relevant documentation. 

Office based in Harrogate, UK.



  • The post holder should ideally have a relevant degree
  • A working knowledge of a wide range of CMC analytical techniques 
  • Working knowledge of statistics and it’s application to techniques and regulatory applications (validation, equivalence) 
  • The ability to get things done by influencing others (both internal and external). 
  • An up to date knowledge of regulatory guidelines and their application. 
  • Knowledge of capabilities and expertise of the Covance organisation and companies that may provide support services. 
  • Commercial awareness, interpersonal and negotiating skills. 
  • Learn and maintain knowledge of process excellence processes, tools and activities.


We offer:

The opportunity to work within an experienced and highly skilled team.

Covance offers a comprehensive benefits package including health cover and a contributory pension.

Covance’s ongoing success offers team members unsurpassed growth and career development opportunities.

At Covance, we help make the miracles of medicine a reality. We offer opportunities to work on diverse, challenging projects with bright, interesting colleagues while building a flexible and rewarding career. This is your chance to become part of a team that helps to bring miracle of medicine to market sooner.

There is no better time to join us!



Lead Scientist, Senior Scientist, CMC, Chemistry Manufacturing Control, BioPharm, BioPharmaceutical CMC Solutions, Early Development, large molecule, GMP, GxP, GCP, GLP,  recombinant, biosimilars, antibody drug conjugates, monoclonal antibodies, Vaccine development, cell therapy, gene therapy, siRNA, Oligonucleotides, batch release, stability, HPLC, Mass Spectrometry, ELISA, Cell Based Assays, PCR, Molecular Biology, Virology, Cell culture, UK, Harrogate, Yorkshire

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Contact Information:

Address:  Covance Harrogate


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