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Pharmaceutical Job Descriptions: 3 Examples for Applicants


If you want to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, it may be helpful to look at some examples of pharmaceutical job descriptions.

Here are three examples from our pharmaceutical job listings - these job descriptions should give you a rough idea of what to expect when you're applying for work in this sector.


Select a job title to read the job description:

  1. Analytical Chemist
  2. QC Analyst
  3. Project Manager


Job Title: Analytical Chemist

Contract: Permanent // Salary: Depends on experience

As a senior analytical chemist, you will provide analytical support to multiple project teams. You will also work on API development.

Your duties will include:

  • Performing analysis using techniques such as GC, MS and HPLC/UPLC
  • Working on APIs, intermediates, starting materials and raw materials
  • Developing, optimising and validating analytical methods
  • Maintaining and solving problems with instruments and equipment
  • Writing and reviewing technical documents
  • Mentoring less experienced colleagues
  • Reviewing and improving existing processes

Applicants must have a chemistry-related degree, proven industry experience within a GMP environment, and a working knowledge of the relevant analytical techniques.


Job Title: QC Analyst

Contract: Permanent // Salary: £25,000 - 28,000 per annum

As a QC analyst, you will be responsible for analysing raw materials, in-process materials, finished products, packaging materials and stability batches.

Your duties will include:

  • Analysing raw materials, finished products and stability batches using HPLC, GC and other analytical techniques
  • Co-operating with the rest of your team to investigate, report and resolve abnormalities
  • Working with a variety of dosage forms (e.g. oral solid, sterile, aseptic)
  • Ensuring that health and safety best practices are observed in the lab

Applicants must have proven industry experience in a chemical, pharmaceutical or food laboratory and a working knowledge of HPLC and other analytical methods. You must also have a relevant chemistry-related degree or equivalent industry experience.


Job Title: Project Manager

Contract: Permanent // Salary: Depends on experience

As project manager, you'll be responsible for driving business progress through effective project management. You must also make sure that GMP compliance is maintained at all times.

Your duties will include:

  • Leading operational projects (new product introductions and process improvements)
  • Keeping track of project status, budgets and deadlines
  • Addressing issues and escalating them to the technical team if necessary
  • Ensuring that deadlines and expectations are met
  • Driving continuous improvement
  • Reviewing and updating active contracts where needed
  • Providing performance updates
  • Presenting to clients

The successful candidate will have a relevant life sciences degree (or similar) and proven project management experience within the pharmaceutical industry. Applicants with a formal project management qualification are preferred, but this is not a requirement.


Hopefully. these pharmaceutical job descriptions will help you decide whether a job in the pharmaceutical industry is right for you. If you're ready to take your first step towards a career in the pharmaceutical industry, feel free to browse our latest vacancies and apply online today!

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