(ATA) Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship - Pfizer

Recruiter
Cogent Ssc
Location
Discovery Park House, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, CT13 9ND
Salary
£15,760.00 annually
Posted
03 Apr 2019
Closes
12 May 2019
Ref
VAC001520683
Specialism
Science / Research
Sector
Unspecified
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
September
Duration
Permanent
Working within the Innovative Parenteral Product Development department, the Laboratory Scientist Apprentice will carry out both routine and complex scientific experiments and perform a variety of technical and operational 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
  • Support the continuous 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


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Sound knowledge of life sciences and mathematics
  • Application of theoretical knowledge in the laboratory
  • Rational, innovative and creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to learn and work with new technologies
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively within high performing teams as well as independently
  • Good report writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to apply learning from prior experience to new situations and problems
  • Ability to evaluate information from a broad range of sources
  • Communicates with clarity, purpose and efficiently


Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic attitude and approach to team work with positive influencing and listening skills
  • High energy level; hard working; makes things happen
  • Demonstrates sound judgement when making decisions
  • Self-driven and able to set personal goals which are realistic and challenging
  • Change agile, flexible and resilient


Desired qualifications

  • 5 GCSE's at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including mathematics and English
  • Will have, or are predicted, A-Levels equalling 80 new UCAS points, including either Chemistry or Biology at grade C or above plus an additional Science or Mathematics
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC) will also be considered (with a minimum requirement of 80 new UCAS points)


Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.

In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy the following company benefits including;
  • 25.5 Days Holiday entitlement (+ Bank Holidays)
  • Opt in pension scheme
  • Student discount card (NUS)
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Dedicated mentor for the duration of your apprenticeship


Things to consider

The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace.