Principal Analytical Chemist

Industry Sector Pharmaceutical
Location UK, South East
Salary 27,000 - 32,000


Principal Analytical Chemist


£27,000 - £32,000

This role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Analytical Chemist with management experience to join a large life science-based company in the UK in their Drug Research Lab at their site in Kent.

I am currently recruiting for a Principal Analytical Chemist to manage the day to day running of the analytical equipment and support all analytical projects where help is required. In this role you will be reporting directly to the Analytical Department’s Section Head. As the Principal Analytical Chemist you will be the main port of the call for Analysts within the department and so you will be expected to lead the analytical work on projects by example. You will also be working as part of the quality control team to provide testing to support with manufacture of licenced products.

Other Duties of the Role:

  • Manage the analytical laboratory
  • Ensure all instrumentation is in working order for the R&D activities
  • Liaise with service providers
  • Prepare reports
  • Carry out Analytical Chemist related tasks
  • Give expert advice on various analytical instruments
  • Perform challenging analysis
  • Expert in method development and optimisation
  • Ensure all activities performed in compliance with customer and ICH procedures
  • Lead the analytical team by example
  • Provide guidance to more junior members of the team
  • Demonstrate strong technical competence



  • BSc/MSc/PhD in Analytical Chemistry – industry experience is essential
  • Vast experience working in a Pharmaceutical Analytical Laboratory
  • Experience leading analytical teams
  • Excellent knowledge and experience with HPLC, GCMS, and LCMS including method development, maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Knowledge and exposure to GMP
  • Experience in project management and customer interaction


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