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Quality Control Scientist (1 year duration contract)

Apply Now Email Me Job ID SR0032653 Date posted 02/06/2019 Location:Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Takeda is an industry-leading, global pharmaceutical company with an unwavering dedication to putting patients at the center of everything we do. We live our values of Takeda-ism – Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance – and are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

Here, everyone matters, and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own.

An exciting and challenging opportunity has become available at Takeda Neuchâtel Plant (approx. 650 employees) for a Quality Control Scientist (1 year duration contract).

This is an exciting career opportunity for a dynamic, autonomous, continuous improvement minded and change agile professional to embrace a team-based culture and more specifically within the Quality Control teams within a world-class Biotech GMP manufacturing environment.

Job summary

The job holder is accountable for life cycle management activities of analytical assays performed in the QC laboratories of Neuchâtel - Switzerland with a focus on laboratory investigations. In addition, the job holder also leads critical material qualification (reference standards, assays controls and critical reagents).

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Comply with GMP and Data Integrity requirements through applicable guidelines and procedures
  • Identify and facilitate/lead problem-solving and improvement projects using DMAIC approach
  • Investigation owner and coordinator (out-of-specification, out-of-limit, and out-of-trend analytical results, and other types of investigations)
  • Responsible for writing qualification plans and reports for critical reagents and reference standards
  • Write assignment plans and reports for method controls, establish and perform evaluation of control charts
  • Support and preparation of audits, audit responses and regulatory submissions
  • Participate in multi-site projects as local project lead, working in collaboration with other scientists from Quality Control and Analytical Development groups

Education & Experience

  • University or engineering degree in analytical chemistry, biochemistry or biotechnology
  • Min 3 years of experience in GMP pharmaceutical business activities
  • Experience in GMP laboratory activities with good knowledge of analytical methods
  • Good knowledge of regulatory requirements concerning analytical test methods and licenses
  • Fluent in French and English (C1 written and spoken)


  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, Minitab)
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical tools (i.e. hypothesis/relationship testing, sample size determination, control charting, capability, and design of experiments)
  • Experience in problem solving (facilitation and application of DMAIC tools)
  • Able to set his/her own priorities and tight timelines
  • Good interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Ability to synthesize information and defend conclusions publically

Living our leadership behaviors is a basic expectation for all Takeda employees. Takeda expects all employees to embody the following:

  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance

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