Higher Apprenticeship Technician Scientist - Cell and Gene Therapy

Intertek Pharmaceutical Services Manchester
Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, Manchester, M9 8GQ
Competitive salary
16 Apr 2019
20 May 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
This is an exciting opportunity for Laboratory Apprentice to join our dynamic team based in Manchester.

Do you have a good academic background in science and are eager to gain exposure of working in a laboratory setting?

Do you want to be part of a fast-growing, dynamic, successful team as part of a FTSE 100 company?

Do you want to work for a company that rewards performance?

If you answered yes to all of the above, we want to hear from you!

The role will include:
  • Commencing training in practical aspects of one or more techniques, require supervision to generate high quality data
  • Commencing external scientific training (aligned to college/training providers course)
  • Introduction to theoretical basis of the techniques
  • Introduction to some clients' products and processes
  • Problem solving through work based on established methods and well-defined problems
  • All work to be supervised and checked
  • Direct communication with clients will be supported and guided
  • Work priorities determined through Laboratory Manager and Team Leader

Intertek Pharma Services Manchester (IPSM) has an extensive range of analytical instrumentation and provides analytical services to customers in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, personal care and speciality chemical sectors in a GLP, GCP and GMP regulated laboratory.

The role will provide the opportunity to learn scientific skills within a Laboratory setting. On a daily basis you will be exposed to learning processes such as the preparation and analysis of samples using a variety of analytical techniques. You will have the opportunity to grow your skills within a closely monitored environment which offers a hand's on approach to learning. As a Technician Scientist in Cell & Gene Therapy you will carry out scientific experimentation & laboratory investigations in the testing of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs). You will use specialised technical skills and advanced scientific techniques following procedures associated with their organisations operational plans to deliver as part of a wider professional team.

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 43,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers' operations and supply chains.

Intertek's support for Chemical & Pharmaceutical industries goes beyond assurance, testing, inspection, and certification.

Their global network of sophisticated, highly regulated and advanced laboratories, coupled with their scientific expertise offers clients a broad scope of expert support, from accelerating new product research and development to helping them protect their intellectual property.

This resource, coupled with field of regulatory experts and experienced scientists and engineers from the industry, enables Intertek to ensure the safety, quality and performance of new products, while providing true problem-solving and business improvement support

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • IT literate
  • Strong numeracy skills with the knowledge of calculating and tabulating results
  • Clear written and verbal communications skills with the ability to clearly convey processes, results and key messages and able to build rapport, quickly and effectively
  • Appreciation of the importance of safety procedures, laboratory performance standards, handling chemicals, COSHH
  • Customer focused
  • Basic knowledge of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry is advantageous

Personal qualities

  • Analytical
  • Promotes company values to others and supports values in daily activities and decisions
  • Result orientated
  • Ability to demonstrate exceptional customer service
  • The ability to demonstrate respect, equity and empathy for a diverse community
  • Highly energised mindset with willingness and desire to learn and adapt individually
  • Motivated, self-starter
  • Makes timely and sound decisions based on analysis of the information presented
  • Fosters integrity and honesty
  • Ensure compliance to company, industry and regulatory standards
  • Highly organised with strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrates flexibility and resilience to meet the demands of the role

Desired qualifications

You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C / 9 - 4 including Science, maths and English

For entry to the Technician Scientist (Level 5) apprenticeship you must have a total of 80 UCAS points including preferably a B in A-Level Biology or equivalent. Alternative experience and qualifications may be considered.

Future prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, candidates will be able to apply for further positions.

Things to consider

For further information on the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW), please refer to:https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

The Manchester site operates on a flexible working basis where core hours are 37.5 hours per week. The role holder must be willing to work to a flexible schedule as the business requires.

We will provide the required training, education and mentoring that will allow you to meet the requirements of the role and develop new skills to progress in your career.

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. See the following website: http//www.transportdirect.info


Intertek has been a pioneer for 130 years.

Our rich history reaches back over 130 years to some of the world's leading pioneers in the Quality Assurance industry. Our story starts at the inception of the modern testing industry and evolved from the combined growth of a number of innovative companies.

We are a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide.

Today Intertek a global force and continues to innovate to offer superior customer service. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 43,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers' operations and supply chains.

True to the innovative spirit of our founders, we are continuing to re-define the industry with our Total Quality Assurance value proposition - going beyond physical quality control through our Testing, Inspection and Certification services to offering Total Peace of Mind, as we additionally provide Assurance services, ensuring our customers' operating procedures and systems are functioning properly.

Behind it lies our Customer Promise - Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.

It is our people that make the difference - be one of us.

Intertek is a family that is committed to working together to bring quality and safety to life in an environment which respects diverse perspectives, experiences and traditions as essential, and values each employee's contribution toward achieving their business objectives.

By joining Intertek's global team you will share our vision of becoming the world's most trusted partner for Quality Assurance. In addition you will work with some of the best, brightest, and most inspiring people in the Assurance, Testing, Inspection, and Certification industry who go above and beyond to deliver Total Quality Assurance to industries worldwide whilst exceeding customer expectations, globally 24/7.

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