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Technical and Quality Specialist

Req ID:  42670

Harlow, ESS, GB

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Compliance and Quality Specialist

This full-time position combines the dual role of Compliance and Quality Specialist, with the successful applicant’s time been split approximately 50:50 between compliance and quality.


We are looking for somebody with a science or regulatory background to take on this new dual role at our Harlow site.


Execution of Compliance-related tasks, including:

  • Providing compliance advice to scientists with respect to purchasing, importing, exporting, synthesising and storage of restricted substances
  • To support the Director of EHS in ensuring that the company complies with current health & safety legislation and company policies and procedures
  • Arranging for import or export licences
  • Carrying out compliance searches for client and CRL scientists
  • Assisting with ECHA submissions
  • Collation of data required for mandatory compliance returns
  • Ensuring compliant systems are in place for the storage and disposal of all waste streams


Execution of QA-related tasks, such as:

  • Updating procedures
  • Lab book administration (including writing advice)
  • Providing Quality introduction to new starters
  • SharePoint administrator
  • Supporting in harmonization processes


Effective verbal and written communication with internal colleagues. Presents/reports own work internally.

Solves routine problems following established procedures with support of more senior staff. Identifies opportunities for improvement and assures compliance with relevant company policies and procedures.

Conscious of quality and compliance issues affecting the business.


About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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