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QC Laboratory Apprentice

Wicklow, Ireland


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QC Laboratory Apprentice

Job ID R0069533 Date posted Jun. 14, 2022 Location Wicklow, Ireland

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Job Description


JOB TITLE:                            QC Apprentice

REPORTS TO:                       QC Team Leader


This brief demands a commitment to the quality effort, i.e., the application of sound practices and good technical skills.

Personal Qualities:

The QC Apprentice will be trained to possess the following skills:

  • Demonstrate the ability to operate equipment and instruments effectively and according to standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a safe manner within the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge of relevant sciences and technology.
  • Handle materials and equipment correctly paying due regard to safety and environmental protection regulations.
  • Capability to perform basic chemistry techniques to include but not limited to the use of:
    • Pipettes, Auto-Titrators, pH, Weighing, Diluting to Volume, Volumetric Calculations, Karl Fischer, Thin Layer Chromatography and Physical Testing.
  • Ability to identify and note equipment (foe sampling, testing and control) malfunction if it occurs, and informing the QC Team Leader.

Soft Skills:

  • Communicate effectively using a full range of skills:
    • Speaking, listening, listening, writing, body language, presentation.
  • Work and interact effectively within a team.
  • Good technical writing skills.
  • Work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks.
  • Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
  • Time management and ability to complete work to schedule.
  • Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes.

Core Competencies and Behaviours:

  • Health, Safety and Environmental awareness.
  • Ability to share knowledge and expertise with others.
  • Engage in teamwork.
  • Complete integrity and compliance programmes.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Reading comprehension.
  • Problem solving.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Time management.
  • Microsoft Office (Word/Excel).
  • Mathematics and statistics.
  • Continuous professional development.


  • Understand the fundamentals of Science.
  • Understand the principles of cGMP.
  • Understand the quality systems that are in place and their importance.
  • Ability to work safely in the laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.
  • Understanding of basic chemistry and microbiological techniques.
  • Knowledge of pharmacopeias.
  • Understand safe laboratory and safe work practices and methods.
  • Knowledge of methods of receiving and logging samples into a QC laboratory.
  • Knowledge of the variety of methods involved in water testing, raw material, in-process and finished product.
  • Understanding the importance of data integrity, recording results in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Understanding the correct labelling of laboratory reagents and samples.
  • Knowledge of “out of specification” investigations and laboratory investigation processes.
  • Knowledge of the purchase systems of QC consumables and liaising with approved suppliers.
  • Understanding the various steps in the production processes – upstream and downstream.
  • Knowledge of calibrating laboratory equipment as required.
  • Knowledge of reporting processes and current deficiencies in GLP/GMP.
  • Ensure that Accident Reports / Near Miss Forms are completed in a timely manner after an event.
  • Participate fully in any cross functional training initiatives.
  • Drive and promote the corporate values of Takeda-ism within the workplace.
  • Ensure timely completion of all SOP, reading, training and assessment.
  • Other duties as required and directed by the relevant Manager or other Officer appointed by the Board of Directors


For entry into year 1 of Level 6 QC Apprenticeship Programme: 

  • Pass (Grade O6 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects, one of which must be maths and one science related subject.
  • 250 CAO points.


  • Relevant FETAC Level 5 or Level 6 Graduate.
  • Current employee with relevant experience and qualifications.


Bray, Ireland

Worker Type


Worker Sub-Type

Apprentice / Trainee (Trainee)

Time Type

Full time

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