Senior Analyst - Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Alere Toxicology
Dry Sandford
12 Feb 2019
13 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Analyst

Abindgon, Oxfordshire, UK

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics (formerly Alere) is part of Abbott's Diagnostics family of businesses, bringing together exceptional teams of experts and industry leading technologies. Abbott's Rapid Diagnostic buiness unit in Toxicology (UK), maintains a global presence and offers a host of diagnostic-based toxicology solutions that empower individuals from all over the world.


The position of Senior Analyst is within our Analytical Services Department located in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The analysis of drugs of abuse in biological samples is conducted by either immunoassay, confirmatory techniques (such as GC/MS, LC/MS HRAM), or by a combination of both immunoassay and confirmatory techniques.

The goal of the Senior Analyst is to ensure that all laboratory based results are accurate and timely and are entered into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in order that they can be delivered to customers within agreed timeframes or, in the case of some screening results, in order that the confirmatory process can be triggered. Chain of Custody procedures should be adhered to at all times to preserve the integrity of the sample.

Undertake the day to day work programme in the laboratory to agreed deadlines and quality standards

Ensure that analysis is completed and results are ready to be reviewed within agreed deadlines

Second review of confirmatory data/review of non-conforming work

Actively assist the Screening/Confirmation Manager in organising, prioritising and planning the day-to-day work programme and longer term development projects in the laboratory to agreed deadline and quality standards

Detailed maintenance, calibration and 'trouble shooting' of analytical instruments

Investigation of analytical errors

Support the maintenance of quality standards by running the appropriate internal QA/QC samples and to trend review and monitor performance of quality standards. Acts on outcomes of reviews to ensure integrity of data produced during the analytical process

Adherence to quality systems, including review and amendment of relevant SOPS as necessary

Act as 'champion' of the importance of quality in the laboratory

Assist in the preparation of reagents, calibration standards and control materials in accordance with relevant SOPs and logged within the appropriate logs

Stock control and ordering to ensure adequate levels of 'in-date' reagents, chemicals and consumables, enabling monitoring of laboratory budgets, and to be able to explain purchases if asked to do so by accounts

Assist with the training of Analysts, Trainee Analysts and Laboratory Assistants

Continuous Improvement - to drive the improvement of existing analytical methods and the development of new methods as and when the need arises.

Laboratory cleanliness and maintenance of a safe and pleasant work environment

Carry out tasks as directed by the Screening/Confirmation Manager and to feedback any problems, working to assist in their resolution

Continue to participate in training programmes across Laboratory Operations to develop themselves and to increase their breadth of understanding of analytical techniques and drug metabolism, as well as to increase their understanding of the function of Operations as a whole. This will include training and working in both screening and confirmation labs, depending upon business need and day-to-day demands/staffing levels.

* Must have an appropriate science degree or comparable experience.
Desirable experience would be a minimum of 3 years previous experience in a laboratory environment.

* Aptitude for problem solving with a keen interest in process improvement in method development, lab
processes and quality, demonstrable experience preferred
* Shows accountability and demonstrates ownership of their world
* May hold additional responsibilities as a champion for- business, implementation, quality H&S, training
* Good team worker, both with direct peers and within the wider organisation, the individual is also able to
perform well individually to bring benefit to the business.
* Resilient manner, capable of working in a fast moving and busy environment
* Excellent attention to detail
* Self-motivated individual who is dynamic and tenacious
* Works flexibly and well under pressure
* Able to take ownership of own work, and an awareness of when to solve a problem themselves or to ask their
manager for help
* Takes pride in work
* Has a "Can do", positive and happy to help attitude

An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable adjustments to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable
adjustment, please speak to your line manager or email;

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