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Equipment Management Manager (Harrogate, UK)

Company: Covance
Location: Harrogate, UK
Reference: 20003
Closing Date: 31 Aug 18
Type: Permanent
Salary (£): Competitive

Job Summary:

For our Chemistry Solutions division we are currently looking for The Equipment Validation Manager, who  will coordinate and supervise all activities and personnel in the Equipment Management (EM) team within all the given UK locations.


Equipment Validation Manager


Are you interested in making an impact through your everyday work? Are you passionate about advancing your career while making a difference in patients’ lives? Do you love to lead and mentor teams, implement process improvements, and thrive in a dynamic, high-paced environment?


If you said yes to these questions and you are looking for a place where you can thrive and utilise your system validation skills whilst being challenged by working in a growing, global team, then consider working in the Equipment Management & Validation group. This is a permanent, full time position based at either the Harrogate or York site.


Working as part of the Global Laboratory Systems (GLS) group, you will lead and develop a team of Equipment Management experts focused on managing the equipment lifecycle through purchase, validation, maintenance and retirement, and leveraging the Global System Validation process to ensure systems are validated in a consistent and compliant manner, within the framework of Quality Risk Management principles. You will lead and develop a regional Equipment Management team to ensure that Client requirements and deliverables are met on time and on budget. You will also focus on developing the processes and structure of the wider Global Equipment Management group.


In this position, you will be responsible for:

  • Driving Global best practices towards a singular process for all EM processes and documents.
  • Serving as the subject matter expert and main point of contact for all equipment related needs including internal and external audits.
  • Coordination with Lab Operations, Facilities Management, Chemistry Solutions Management, GMP QA and external vendors to determine and implement appropriate procedures and best practices for all equipment related needs.
  • Acting as the Point of Contact for escalated Equipment issues.
  • Managing the equipment lifecycle.
  • Approval and review of equipment documentation.
  • Coordination of in house or vendor maintenance and qualification activities:
  • Supporting equipment projects (via system validation) for incoming work and lab expansion; prioritising and assigning resources.
  • Initiation and management of GMP quality records related to equipment failures and system / process changes (CAPA, change management, deviations).
  • Assisting Global Business Technology and other areas of Global Laboratory Systems to assist in computer system validation activities.
  • Tracking and trending EM results and metrics (e.g., water testing, equipment performance metrics, work order completion, etc.).
  • Managing the Chemistry Rees Responder program.
  • Liaising with Finance and sourcing for CEP (Capital Expenditure Purchase) process.

What we’re looking for in you:

You will have a strong equipment and system validation background and understand how to implement processes and procedures to ensure project and team success. You enjoy mentoring and providing strategic vision. Do these and the following statements sound like experience that you can bring to Covance?

  • GMP system validation experience is required.
  • A Bachelor's Degree or relevant equipment validation experience in lieu of degree.
  • The ability to get things done by influencing others (both internal and external).
  • An up to date knowledge of regulatory guidelines is desirable.
  • Ability to execute a strategy and vision with guidance from leadership.
  • Ability to operate in ambiguous situations.
  • Experience handling challenging client situations (conflict management).
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills to develop employees.
  • Experience with processes improvement; facilitating root cause analysis and design of corrective/preventive actions.

Why People choose to work at Covance

"At Covance, it’s our people that make us great – it’s what our clients, our partners and, most importantly, what our employees say. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work with exceptional people with diverse viewpoints. You’ll discover your own extraordinary potential as we build an even stronger organization with industry leaders from early development to the clinic and beyond.”


Get to know Covance

Covance, the drug development business of LabCorp, is the world’s most comprehensive drug development services company. Because of our broad experience, from early research to commercialization, our more than 20,000 employees from across the globe are in a unique position to supply insights that go above and beyond testing. Our team’s impact on healthcare is remarkable. Through their everyday work they’ve supported 100% of the top 50 drugs on the market and all the oncology drugs approved in 2016. Even though we span multiple businesses, we operate as one, sharing our knowledge to improve our efficiency and deliver on the promise of a healthier world.

The Covance team is driven by an energized purpose to improve health and improve lives across the globe. Here, you’ll work alongside exceptional people who each play an important role in bringing new scientific discoveries and therapeutic area advancements to life. And, because we span the drug development spectrum, you’ll directly impact a wide-range of initiatives as you explore unique career paths and discover your extraordinary potential.

Get ready to make a difference as we speed the delivery of groundbreaking therapies and improve lives of countless individuals.


Education / Qualifications


  • The post holder will have a relevant degree and/or relevant equipment / system validation experience.
  • The ability to get things done by influencing others (both internal and external).
  • An up to date knowledge of regulatory guidelines is desirable.
  • Regulatory awareness, interpersonal and negotiating skills.
  • Learn and maintain knowledge of process excellence processes, tools and activities.


  • Experience in working in a GxP Quality Management System.
  • Previous experience managing an analytical laboratory equipment group.
  • Proficiency in computing skills, including word processing and intermediate use of spreadsheets (e.g. Word, Excel).
  • In-depth understanding of Health and Safety policies, Company Policies and Procedures, a working knowledge of ISO (accreditation and application), system validation and an in-depth understanding of the GxPs.
  • The post holder should be able to communicate effectively at all levels with other Covance employees, as well as external clients, suppliers, etc.


Keywords: GMP, euipment validation, equipment qualification, qualification documentation, SOP, IQOQPQ, IQ/OQ/PQ, validation engineerin, CAPA, SARF, MSR.

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