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Head of Advanced Therapy Quality, Advanced Therapy Manufacturing (GMP) Unit

Band 8a

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Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Guy's Hospital
£46,897 - £54,983 p.a inclusive of HCA
19/11/2018 23:59

Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the second year running.

You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 79% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.

Biomedical Research Centre – Head of Advanced Therapy Quality, Advanced Therapy Manufacturing (GMP) Unit

The NIHR Guy's and St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a focal points for innovative research into investigational gene and cell therapies through its nationally recognised research portfolio and research infrastructure.

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced scientist to fill the role of Head of Advanced Therapy Quality in the BRC’s cell and gene therapy GMP unit at Guy’s Hospital. The unit is licensed to manufacture somatic cell and gene therapy Investigational Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATIMPs) and the position offers the post holder a unique opportunity to expand their career in ATIMP quality management within a unit developing and producing a range of experimental therapies for first in human clinical trials.


The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of quality within the Unit and will be named as Quality Controller on the unit’s Manufacturing Authorisation. You will lead the unit’s quality team and work with the unit’s Head of Production and visiting scientists to ensure the unit complies fully with all relevant regulatory standards.


It is expected that the post holder will be working to achieve Qualified Person (QP) status and support will be provided (course fees and dedicated development time) to achieve this over the first three years in post.


To deliver success in this role you will need:

  • Scientific expertise in quality control including development and validation of QC tests/assays;
  • A thorough knowledge and experience of the regulatory environment with a track record of successful interactions with the regulatory authorities;
  • proven team leadership expertise, with a focus on developing confident self-driven individuals operating effectively within a highly regulated environment;
  • excellent communication skills, excellent facilitation, influencing and presentation skills with a proven ability to communicate with key customers and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds;
  • an enterprising mindset with proven ability to make decisions, set priorities and optimise resource sharing;
  • a strong customer-service orientation and proven experience in partnership working with customers and a proven ability to collaborate in a highly matrixed environment.

For more information please contact Dr Stephen Barnett –

Closing Date: 19 November 2018 at Midnight

Interviews Date: 28 November 2018

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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For more information please contact Dr Stephen Barnett –

If you have problems applying, contact

020 7188 7897

The main telephone number for recruitment is 0207 188 1700.

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