Shift Pilot Plant Scientist

Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company, providing a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries, to make life and our environment safer, healthier and more sustainable. From the food you eat, to the water you drink, to the medicines you rely on, Eurofins works with the biggest companies in the world to ensure the products they supply are safe, their ingredients are authentic and labelling is accurate. Eurofins believes it is a global leader in food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences and in the support of clinical studies.

In over just 30 years, Eurofins has grown from one laboratory in Nantes, France to over 50,000 staff across a network of more than 900 independent companies in over 50 countries and operating more than 800 laboratories. Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods to evaluate the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of biological substances and products, as well as providing innovative clinical diagnostic testing services, as one of the leading global emerging players in specialised clinical diagnostics testing.

In 2020, Eurofins generated total revenues of EUR € 5.4billion, and has been among the best performing stocks in Europe over the past 20 years.

Job Description

Please note this is a full time position, working a shift pattern of24/5 shift pattern which consists of 12 hour shifts alternating between days and nights, on a 3 week cycle, which are07:00 to 19:00 and 19:00 to 07:00 Monday to Friday.

Consider joining Eurofins, where people are the most important element in our business. Eurofins is a leading contract research organisation providing testing and research services in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sciences to clients worldwide.

Our innovative Professional Scientific Services (PSS) programme engages full-time scientists, analysts, technicians and technical support personnel managed by Eurofins directly at the client facility, to provide long term service needs while maintaining the same services, expertise and cGMP compliance available at the Eurofins facility. This multi award-winning programme offers excellent career opportunities for people who have a proven track record in combining excellent technical ability, with first class interpersonal and communication skills.

We are currently recruiting for an enthusiastic and innovative Pilot Plant Chemist in Drug Substance Manufacturing. The Pilot Plant Chemist works a 24/5 shift pattern which consists of 12 hour shifts alternating between days and nights, on a 3 week cycle. The role includes all aspects of operating a modern Pilot Plant facility, following detailed GMP batch instructions to complete tasks such as solids and liquids charging, reaction monitoring, reaction work-ups, crystallisations and waste management. The role also involves GMP in-process analysis using techniques such as HPLC, KF and GC to monitor the progress and success of on-going reactions. These are new and exciting opportunities based at our clients facility, a world class Pharmaceutical company based in Macclesfield. We have opportunities for an experienced Pilot Plant Chemist with at least 1 years' experience within the pharmaceutical or similar industry.

The ideal candidate will be extremely motivated and willing to learn new processes to allow them to operate safely and compliantly in the clients facility and will have a proven history of being able to work accurately and both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. Strong technical, problem solving skills, an ability to think logically and having previous experience of operating in a hands-on manufacturing plant is a requirement. For the right candidate this is a great opportunity to work in excellent surroundings, with state of the art instrumentation and with highly skilled, like-minded individuals striving to achieve a common goal. There are excellent career progression paths and continuous opportunities to expand knowledge and expertise for the right candidate.


Education / Experience / Skills

  • At a minimum a good 2nd class honours degree, MSc, MChem or equivalent in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry. The degree course must contain a significant number of organic chemistry modules if it isnt a straight chemistry degree.
  • A sound, fundamental knowledge of Chemistry and analytical science is essential.
  • Previous Pilot Plant knowledge and experience within a pharmaceutical/chemical manufacturing facility is strongly desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of techniques such as HPLC, GC, Karl Fisher and UPLC within a GMP environment is essential.
  • Knowledge and experience of drug substance analysis, is an advantage.
  • An understanding of the drug development process would be desirable.
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot issues relating to instrumentation and analysis as required.
  • Proven ability to investigate questionable/ OOS results and providing support for pilot plant investigations as required.
  • Good understanding of requirements for working in a GMP environment.
  • Ability to quickly learn new processes.
  • Ability to work using fully electronic media, including MS Office.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and to form strong working relationships with colleagues.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and be capable of developing solutions to problems as part of a team.
  • Willing to operate in a flexible manner and be able to switch priorities at short notice.
  • Good team player, organised, accurate, have strong documentation skills.
  • Passionate about quality and customer service.
  • Enjoys the challenges of working in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Ability to prioritise, manage time and handle a diverse workload.
Additional information


At Eurofins we are growing, innovating and always learning. We celebrate the achievements of our employees through annual long service awards, recognise our colleagues special life events, and we are committed to charitable causes through global fundraising activities.

  • As a Eurofins employee you will benefit from:
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Life Assurance (4 times annual salary)
  • Company Pension Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 confidential support.
  • Free car parking
  • Worldwide career opportunities
  • Everyone who joins our team also gets access to Perkbox, allowing you to save money all year round. Whether its supermarket savings or days out, the daily coffee or a summer holiday theres something to suit everyones lifestyle.

What Happens Next

Our people are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit you'll be invited to meet the team to give you the opportunity to see what working for Eurofins is really like and enable us to get you know your key skills and strengths.

Application Tips

Its really helpful for our Recruitment Team if you include a full up to date CV, your current location and a contact number so we can talk to you about our exciting opportunities. Please also detail your current Right to Work status in the UK.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive please be aware that if you do not receive a response within 4 weeks of the vacancy expiry date unfortunately, on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

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