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Apprentice Chemistry Technical Officer

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
9 Dec 2023

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Job summary

An exciting apprenticeship opportunity has arisen in Quality Control North West.

We are looking to appoint a highly enthusiastic individual, educated to A level or above in chemistry. The job will involve working towards becoming a Chemistry Technical Officer. The successful candidate will be employed as an apprentice and will embark on a 4 year, part time, fully funded degree level qualification as a Laboratory Scientist (Chemical Science) through Manchester Metropolitan University. .

They will be expected to have excellent communication skills, to be able to work independently and within a team. They must be able to able to work in a fast pace environment, have good problem solving skills, and be able to show initiative, flexibility and drive.

Quality Control North West is part of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and is an NHS regional specialty department responsible for providing pharmaceutical quality control services to NHS and non-NHS clients. The laboratories at Stockport arewell equipped and advanced in analytical instrumentation and are regulated by the MHRA and accredited to ISO 17025:2017 by UKAS.

Main duties of the job

  • Supported to work at all times in accordance with the requirements of the Quality Manual, Good Laboratory Practice and UKAS. All testing must be performed in accordance with established procedures to assess compliance with approved specifications.
  • Developed to perform routine chemical testing on raw materials, in-process samples, finished pharmaceutical products and environmental samples.
  • Developed to perform quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical clean down wipes from a range of pharmaceutical and environmental origins using the LC/MS.
  • Developed to perform method validation work, and prepare validation reports for all analytical techniques as directed by senior staff and laboratory procedures.
  • Developed to undertake validation studies and research projects under the direction of the Section Head.
  • Supported to perform equipment calibration checks and maintenance as directed by laboratory procedures.
  • Developed to perform routine microbiological testing on raw materials, in-process samples and finished pharmaceutical products, including the enumeration and identification of micro-organisms isolated.

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

Our mission is to make a difference every day. Our values are that we care, we respect, and we listen

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

The salary for the role is only one part of the excellent package of benefits we offer to you:

  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
  • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

Date posted

29 November 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 2


£22,383 a year Per Annum




4 years

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Quality Control North West, Stepping Hill Hospital

Poplar Grove




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