ATA Higher Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship - Pfizer
Pfizer is one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies. At Pfizer, they apply science and their global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. They strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of medicines.
We have a leading portfolio of products and medicines that support wellness and prevention, as well as treatment and cures for diseases across a broad range of therapeutic areas; and we have an industry-leading pipeline of promising new products that have the potential to challenge some of the most feared diseases of our time, like Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
Every day, Pfizer colleagues work to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on them. In the UK, Pfizer has its business headquarters in Surrey and Research & Development facilities in Kent and is a major supplier of medicines to the NHS.
The Laboratory Scientist Apprentice will carry out both routine and complex scientific experiments and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation that may directly impact the research and development of new products, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work undertaken.
In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory Scientists will be expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business. At the end of the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of underlying scientific principles in laboratory based experimentation and implement new processes according to the literature or input from colleagues
- Demonstrate and explain the principles of laboratory techniques and scientific experimentation to contribute to the development of scientific technical projects
- Develop and apply a theoretical knowledge of the advanced science and technology required to progress in the job role and relevant area of specialism
- Demonstrate working knowledge of project management procedures and the ability to incorporate these into the scientific work environment working with team members
- Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the sponsoring organisation and comply with regulations including compliance with business rules pertaining to record keeping, traceability & confidentiality.
- Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct
- Identify and understand the requirements of internal or external customers and recommend the appropriate workflows, improvements or scientific solutions
- Prepare for and perform laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to the activities of the laboratory
- Work safely within a laboratory environment, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
- Promote and ensure the application of quality standards relevant to the workplace
- Work autonomously to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific data and present the results of laboratory work and problem solving clearly and concisely in written and oral form
- Lead continuous performance improvement within the scientific and technical environment
- Use creative thinking and problem solving to challenge assumptions, innovate, make new proposals and build on existing ideas
- Plan and prioritise tasks, review and evaluate progress against objectives and investigate alternative scenarios
- Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking to a scientific and non-scientific audience, active listening, professional writing, professional body language, scientific presentation
- Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters, including appropriate use of social media and information systems
- Work autonomously and interact effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary project team.
- Understand the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
- Manage time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule
- Able to handle change and respond to change management processes
- Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement.
- Work and interact effectively within a team
- Work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
- Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
- Time management and ability to complete work to schedule
- Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes
- Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking; listening; writing; body language; presentation.
- Understanding and commitment to Science & Engineering
- Show aptitude to working in a team
- You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C including Science, Maths and English
- You should have gained a minimum of 80 UCAS points (New Tariff System) from a minimum of 2 A-level subjects including Science and Maths - or equivalent, eg BTEC National Diplomas, IB or DVCE.