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Associate Group Leader - Cell Lab

Company: Thornshaw Recruitment
Reference: ND9967
Closing Date: 14 Jan 19
Type: Permanent
Salary (£): On Application

Job Summary:

On behalf of our client, a leading pharmaceutical company based in the Midlands, I am recruiting for an Analytical Group Supervisor, also called Associate Group Leader, for the company’s Cell lab.


As the Associate Group Leader, you will support the Cell Lab by providing management and direction to a group of laboratory staff and resources for project activities and needs, overseeing daily operations to monitor quality and project timeliness and assist in preparation and implementation of company policies, quality systems and training programs. You will directly supervise a group of Scientists and take ownership to ensure responsiveness to the client and overall client satisfaction.

Key responsibilities:

  • Management of a team of analysts
  • Allocation, scheduling and managing laboratory resources for group's project activities and updates LIMS for project status.  Reviews timesheet reports for billing accuracy.
  • Preparation, review and approval of study protocols, project status reports, final study reports and other project-related technical documents.
  • Designing experimental study and participates in technical troubleshooting.
  • Reviewing data for technical quality and compliance to protocols, methods and SOPs. 
  • Review and approve laboratory investigations, deviations, QA facility and data audits.  Assists in client and regulatory authority audits.
  • Responding to client questions and needs; leads client technical meetings.
  • Assisting in preparation of proposals, project definition and pricing.
  • Coordinating and prioritizing project activities with internal functional groups (physical testing, analytical development, etc.) and support functions (QA, sample management, etc.)
  • Assisting senior group leaders and/or managers in their responsibilities.
  • Preparation and implementing SOPs and company operational policies.
  • Ensuring adherence and making recommendations to quality system improvements.


Desired skills and experience:

  • Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology or cell biology
  • 5+ years’ experience in molecular and cell biology within industry / GMP environment post-qualification, or equivalent cumulative experience with a Bachelor’s or Master’s qualification.
  • Experience in developing cellular and immunologically based assays
  • Minimum 1 year leadership responsibility / direct supervision of technical staff
  • Program management experience
  • Full understanding of GMP requirements, client SOPs, ICH guidelines, EP and USP requirements and EMEA and FDA guidance's.
  • Extensive mammalian cell culture experience with adherent and suspension cell lines
  • Direct hands-on experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis using immunochemistry or cell based assay techniques is required (for example reporter gene assays, anti-proliferation and cell cytotoxicity assays)
  • Strong foundation of knowledge in biological sciences and good aseptic technique is essential
  • Ability to develop analytical methods to meet international system suitability expectations is desired
  • Experience training junior scientists is essential


If you are interested in applying for this role please call Nicola on +353 1 2784671 or email

Thornshaw Scientific Recruitment is a leading Irish provider of specialist Scientific Recruitment. Part of the CPL Group.



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