Senior QC Analyst, Yatton

Position Overview:

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced QC Analyst to join our veterinary medicine and health & hygiene manufacturing site.

The Senior QC Analyst will work within the Pets Choice/Bob Martin Quality and Technical team.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience in a QC laboratory and using analytical equipment, especially HPLC systems. At least 2 years’ experience within a GMP environment is an advantage.


The location of the role will be based at our healthcare manufacturing site in Yatton, South West of Bristol.

Company Overview:

Pets Choice is a leading pet product manufacturer whose industry knowledge spans over 135 years. The Pets Choice portfolio of brands offers a variety of products for pets and wild animals under its brands; Webbox, TastyBone, Meatiful, Spike’s World, Goodwyns, Davies, Bob Martin, Oceanic and Vitakraft.  Each brand offers a unique insight into animals from dogs to ducks and produces high-quality products that cater to a wide variety of consumer needs. 

The sites in Yatton and Cardiff manufactures veterinary medicines, biocides and many other companion animal healthcare and hygiene products, with these being traded using the Bob Martin brand.


Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, you will be responsible for overseeing the analytical function of the QC Laboratory, with a focus in respect of veterinary pharmaceuticals, including method development and validation. The role also demands skills in HPLC troubleshooting, reviewing chromatography results, participation in regulatory and other audits, and support of the wider Quality function, as required. The Senior QC Analyst will be supported by two QC Analysts and an apprentice QC Laboratory Technician.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Facilitating and communicating the weekly Analytical Plan for the business.
  • Reviewing and reporting KPIs for the QC Laboratory, and reporting these onwards for regular review meetings (e.g. weekly SLT).
  • Organising and overseeing routine QC testing of active ingredients and preservatives, both as raw materials and in finished product formulations of samples submitted to the laboratory.
  • Trouble-shooting HPLC equipment issues; leading OOS and OOT investigations.
  • Liaising with the QMS Manager, e.g. for CAPA closure.
  • Identifying and implementing training requirements for QC Analysts and Lab Technician to ensure optimum performance of the QC Laboratory team
  • Managing the replenishment of lab consumables and analytical material, including analytical standards. Ensuring that most cost-effective supply arrangements for consumables are negotiated.
  • Ensure that analytical equipment is qualified, maintained, serviced and calibrated to current standards and that appropriate logs are maintained. Ensuring that best, and most cost-effective, maintenance contracts for laboratory equipment are negotiated.
  • Ensuring that the reporting of laboratory and other data in appropriate laboratory books and logs, is performed in accordance with GLP, that that the completion of associated test reports and certificates of analysis are correctly prepared and verified, and that all such reports are appropriately archived.
  • Organise testing by approved external laboratories when required. Pivotal in the approval process for any new contract laboratory.
  • Working with, and being a key member of, the appointed team for Qualification and Validation to facilitate functions such as method transfer, cleaning validations, equipment (e.g. mixing) qualification and validation, etc..
  • Ensure the support of the QC Laboratory for Production operatives and support the production function to achieve manufacturing objectives, e.g. issuing key batch documents, calculation of addition quantities, in-process QC testing limit values.
  • To participate in the investigation of complaints related to the quality of the product.
  • To be pivotal in ensuring that the QC Laboratory manages waste disposal in a timely fashion, and that the disposal process accords with site safety requirements.
  • Report any health and safety concerns to senior management as well as being responsible for own health and safety and that of colleagues.
  • Any other task required within reason to fulfil specific objectives.

Key attributes and skills:

Established experience in a Quality Control laboratory environment.

Significant practical experience of analytical equipment, especially HPLC systems, with the ability to troubleshoot and take corrective actions for such equipment a distinct advantage.

At least two years’ experience Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Laboratory Practices, in the context of a pharmaceutical analytical environment would be a considerable advantage.

The ideal key competencies for the role are:

  • Ability to communicate easily at any level in an appropriate and concise manner.
  • Effective team working and personnel / resource management skills.
  • Ability to meet competing deadlines and demands for work.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks.
  • Ability to set and achieve personal targets as well as achieve agreed targets.
  • Create, maintain and enhance positive and open working relationships.
  • Analytical mind for troubleshooting.
  • Open and active attitude towards required tasks.
  • High level of initiative.


Salary dependant on experience

25 days plus bank holidays per year pro rata

Hours usually 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday 

Company pension scheme after qualifying period

On site free parking and close to commuting links

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