Senior Scientist & Project Manager - Chromatography

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is a cutting-edge Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.

In 2019, we’ve been recognised as Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists and in 2018 one of our family earned the Food & Drink Federation’s Scientist of the Year. Enriched by our parent company Mondelēz International, our diverse team includes 23 nationalities from 300 members, creating a family feel as we strive towards our mission of “Science Enhancing Lives”.

Purpose of the Role

In RSSL we are customer focused, science led and results driven. The RSSL Functional Ingredients laboratory performs a wide range of analytical analyses for a variety of food, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and supports Mondelez research and innovation.

The role at Senior Scientist I is to provide technical direction and managerial responsibilities within the Functional Ingredients laboratory. Play a key role in ensuring that projects are performed and supervised effectively and accurately within agreed timescales and to appropriate quality standards. This role focuses on routine and investigative analyses of products and method development and validations using chromatography techniques. Manage and train junior members of the team as required. Client contact and administrative support for laboratory management.

Main Responsibilities


- Provide high quality customer service at all times by ensuring effective organisation of assigned workload, integrity of analytical data generated and timely/accurate provision of results.
- Provide Technical direction within own area of expertise within the team.
- Perform a range of analysis using liquid chromatography techniques independently.
- Design and perform complex method development and validation protocols.
- Perform maintenance and troubleshooting of lab equipment.
- Provide Technical direction within own area of expertise within the team.
- Perform data checking and provide interpretation of results for routine testing.
- Generate certificate analysis or external interpretive reports.
- Expert user of generic and specific software packages require for the role.
- Provide training and supervise junior staff in routine activities and methods and interpretation.
- Take responsibility for elements of specific projects and/or specific areas of general laboratory/sample administration and assign housekeeping tasks as required.
- Will be expected to work in different laboratories if the demand is required.

Communication & Influence

- To liaise with clients, business development and line management to ensure effective communication of project proposals and results.
- Participate in client and stake holders meetings as required.
- Deliver internal presentations across groups and to technical stakeholders.
- Manage small projects or defined areas of larger projects.
- Work as part of an efficient analytical team.

Leadership and supervision

- Supervise a team of Scientists and Technicians.
- Plan own workload and plan routine projects for junior staff.
- Train junior members of the team as required.


- Work to the highest standards of safety and quality by ensuring that appropriate COSHHs, risk assessments and SOPs are understood and followed.
- To complete assigned quality actions on a timely manner, including review and approval.
- Write and approve SOPs and Test Methods.
- Generation and approval of Risk Assessments and COSHH.
- Understand and provide technical regulatory leadership in client audits.
- To maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment.
- To understand and work to the requirements of GMP and UKAS.
- Ensure training records are accurate.

Candidate Requirements

Knowledge: including education, qualifications and training

- Educated to Degree or PhD in a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent relevant experience in a laboratory.
- Excellent understanding of chromatography.
- Scientific understanding and ability to independently conduct chemical analysis in relevant area.
- Good knowledge of laboratory quality systems and accreditation systems (GMP/UKAS) (Preferred).

Skills/Leadership Competencies

- Ability to problem solve and plan resources to maintain workflow in delivery of projects.


- Extended experience of working in LC-MS.
- Experience of working for or with a CRO (Preferred).
- Analytical Project management.
- People Management (Preferred).


- English fluency (written and spoken).

We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.

Please be aware that this role may require handling of materials that may contain chemicals, solvents and allergens, and the appropriate protective wear will be supplied.

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Application Closing Date: 
24 September