Senior Analytical Chemist

Senior Analytical Chemist Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Senior Analytical Chemist to join our team.


  • Use innovative approaches to tackle a broad range of complex analytical challenges;
  • Work enthusiastically and collaboratively whilst exhibiting strong teamworking and communication skills;
  • Write and review technical documents such as SOPs, protocols and reports;
  • Continuously critique experimental data, contextualise and communicate to your project team;
  • Proactively coach and mentor less experienced colleagues;
  • Excellent teamwork to ensure project problems are resolved promptly and accurately;
  • Co-ordinate stability studies, approving stability protocols/reports and liaising with clients as required;
  • Ensure QC instruments are maintained in a calibrated/validated state, organising external service support promptly as required;
  • Interpret and describe analytical results, explaining them to a wider audience;
  • Prepare out-of-specification (OOS) and deviation documentation as required;
  • Responsible for the management, supervision, guidance and coaching of all laboratory personnel;
  • Responsible for review and writing local procedures e.g. Standard Operating Procedures, calibration procedures and in-house test methods;
  • Assists in procurement, installation and commissioning of analytical test equipment;
  • Responsible for the upkeep of analytical test equipment with respect to calibration, preventative maintenance and repair;
  • Carry a mobile phone to provide on call cover for out-of-hours testing if needed.


  • Several years of analytical experience, ideally in a chemical or pharmaceutical development environment;
  • A minimum of BSc or equivalent (2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline such as analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical;
  • The ability to deliver to deadlines and take a proactive approach to problem solving;
  • Substantial experience in techniques such as HPLC, GC, UPLC or similar;
  • Organisational skills to manage analytical projects, ensuring project timelines are met, communicating scheduling issues to the Team Leader/Supervisor;
  • Capability to motivate and train junior colleagues, identifying those who demonstrate high potential for career development;
  • Good oral and written communication skills to colleagues and a wider audience;
  • An appreciation of quality/regulatory standards and quality systems, in particular the relationship of the MHRA with the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Willingness to contribute to new ideas and initiatives;
  • Conscientious and meticulous in laboratory and written work;
  • Experience in data evaluation using spreadsheet and statistical tools;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and as part of a team;
  • Good time management skills and ability to work to tight deadlines;
  • Proven problem-solving abilities;
  • Degree or relevant experience in Chemistry.