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Method Development Scientist - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

Company: Covance
Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK
Reference: 2017-15591
Closing Date: 30 Dec 17
Type: Permanent
Salary (£): Competitive

Job Summary:

COVANCE is a leading global drug development services company and we provide support to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries.


Covance, a leading global drug development services company, is looking for Method Development Scientist to join our Immunochemistry team based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.


  • Ensures that the study is performed in accordance with the study Protocol and the Covance Standard Operating Procedures. 
  • Ensure that the study is performed to the required scientific and regulatory standards.
  • In-depth and up to date knowledge of UK/OECD GLP and GCP regulations as applicable, RA roles and responsibilities.
  • To be aware at all times of study status and anticipate problems that may affect timing, quality etc taking appropriate action to resolve such problems.
  • Ensure that all study communication is maintained and carried out to meet Sponsor requirements.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Sponsor requirements and plans accordingly (timelines, critical deadlines etc).
  • Provides Sponsor feedback to team.
  • Produces study Protocols, APs and Reports to meet Sponsor and regulatory requirements.
  • Proactively manages Sponsor and study changes to meet timelines and ensure all additional costs are captured (work scopes).
  • To ensure that all studies are archived according to current SOP.
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant assays, able to advise internal/external Sponsors on standard study designs.
  • Make decisions on study results/data and follow through with Sponsor.
  • Problem solves adverse events within studies and performs troubleshooting.
  • Providing advice and training to shadow RA’s during conduct of studies.
  • Fully conversant in interactions with support areas across the company.
  • Responsible for on time delivery targets (Protocols, results, Reports).
  • Demonstrated ability in organising and hosting Sponsors visits (internal and external).
  • Understands financial process and financial/resource issues. Contributes to and ensures all studies are costed and quoted.
  • Effective use of CMS for scheduling and all resources (people, equipment and materials).
  • Evaluates existing departmental procedures and systems and participates in process improvements.
  • Develops teamwork with study team, Business Development and other departments.
  • Supports and encourages the development of team members.
  • Constructive participation in departmental meetings, MD, scheduling etc.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education / Qualifications

  • The post holder should ideally have a relevant scientific degree and an appropriate amount of relevant laboratory experience.


  • Experience in ELISA/Ligand Binding Assay (LBA) work
  • Computing skills, including word processing and use of spreadsheets (e.g. Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • In-depth understanding of Health and Safety policies, Company Policies and Procedures and an in-depth understanding of GLP and GCP.
  • The post holder should be able to communicate effectively at all levels with other Covance employees, as well as external Sponsors, suppliers, etc.
  • The post holder should have experience of performing the Responsible Analyst role for most study types and be fully competent at a 110 grade.


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Contact Information:

Address:  Covance Harrogate

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