Working at Primerdesign

Vacancies:


Account Manager, Mainland Europe

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 31 January 2019

Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Sales – International Markets, this role is responsible for account managing sales covering mainland Europe. The role will include managing direct customers, active distributor management and identifying new sales opportunities for the mainland Europe region.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Working with distributors in mainland Europe to deliver budgeted sales, drive the sales pipeline and ensure revenue growth
  • Ensure valid contracts are in place with partners 
  • Identify new sales opportunities within existing accounts to retain a client-account manager relationship by up-selling and cross-selling
  • Working with after-sales to ensure maximum support for customers and distributors
  • Working with Customer Services/Sales order management to ensure timely and accurate delivery
  • Actively support distributors in training events and sales meetings within the assigned mainland Europe countries
  • Provide accurate forecasting to meet/exceed budget and manage key opportunities
  • Drive for customer satisfaction and increase competitive advantage by building trust and relationships
  • Liaise with internal teams on financial, contractual, logistics and product registration matters for the assigned mainland Europe countries
  • Coordinate and provide regular revenue reports to distributors
  • Proactively communicate with Primerdesign distributors, by regular calls and email correspondence, to ensure their projected revenue targets are being fulfilled

Qualifications and experience required

  • Degree Level qualification or equivalent in Life Sciences
  • Experience of selling into the life science Research and Diagnostics Market
  • Distributor Management experience
  • Experience in the PCR marketplace
  • Proven track record of success
  • Significant experience of managing a distribution network across mainland Europe
  • Ability to build networks and positively influence sales outcomes
  • Strong negotiation skills

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.com   



Quality Systems Specialist

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 14 January 2019

Job Summary

To assist the Quality and Regulatory manager in ensuring that all activities on site are in compliance with current ISO13485 and ISO9001 in accordance with company policies to meet business requirements. To work with company departments to provide guidance and expertise in the resolution of quality issues.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To comply and ensure compliance with quality and industry regulatory requirements.
  • To conduct audits as audit lead as required, identifying good practice and risks and providing recommendations.
  • Manage the maintenance, administration and execution of the change control, observation and non-conformance system through the use of Entropy.
  • Use of professional judgement in all areas of role to make the appropriate quality decisions and to initiate and promote quality improvements to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Assist in process development to streamline and simplify quality management and associated systems.
  • Report risks and issues to the Quality Team identifying impact on the quality objectives of the company.
  • Supporting and promoting the company document management system.
  • Lead and oversee process and equipment validation in order to maintain product quality and manufacturing efficiency.
  • To identify self-development needs for future performance.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned by the QA/RA Manager.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Science.
  • Knowledge of qPCR.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Analytical problem-solving abilities, lead by example and get results through persuasion and co-operation.
  • Knowledge and experience of equipment, software and process validation. Experience of completing validation according to regulatory requirements, e.g. ISO13486:2016, would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements including IVD Directive / Regulation, ISO9001 and ISO13485. Quality System Regulation knowledge would be an advantage

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.com 


 

Account Manager

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 17 January 2019

Job Summary

Reporting into the Head of Sales: Northern Europe, you will be responsible for Southern England Primerdesign sales activities. The role will include direct sales in key accounts and some distributor management with a particular focus on the Golden Triangle.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Responsible for the creation of a sales strategy & tactics in order successfully retain, grow and acquire accounts to deliver budgeted sales, drive the sales pipeline and ensure revenue growth; 
  • Categorisation of accounts to ensure maximum & effective coverage of accounts whilst; prioritising high value, high opportunity accounts; 
  • Maintain and develop customer relationships;
  • Data mining/hunting activity to drive growth and aid delivery of budgeted sales;
  • Promoting the complete Primerdesign catalogue; • Preparing quotes and samples;
  • Planning and managing face-to-face client meetings;
  • Working with Marketing to manage conference participation;
  • Provide basic technical support;
  • Training of customers;
  • Work with all parts of the business to ensure premium customer care;
  • Supply forecasts and outlooks as and when required.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent in Life Sciences
  • Strong experience in UK sales with a proven track record in achieving profitable sales growth
  • Good understanding of Healthcare & Life Science Research markets
  • Experience of selling to and managing key accounts
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills
  • Capable of influencing people internally and externally
  • Strong team player

Other requirements

  • Willingness to travel extensively through the region
  • Cultural awareness
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Able to make decisions independently when required
  • Self-motivated and driven

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.com 


 

Production Technician (Clean Lab)

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 18 January 2019

Job Summary

Working as a Production technician you will be working within a team responsible for qPCR kit and reagent manufacture and quality control. This role will contribute to the efficient running of our production laboratories and operations department. The role will involve manufacturing products on a daily basis according to our ISO13485 quality management system and managing stock levels. The role will also involve communicating and planning manufacture priorities with other production and QC teams. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently, have attention to detail and excellent communication and organization skills.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Keep accurate laboratory notes/records
  • Contribute to the general day to day running of the laboratory; involves tidying, maintaining stock levels and cataloguing/storing stock correctly.
  • Manufacture kits according to SOPs
  • Work according to our ISO13485 quality system
  • Use relevant laboratory equipment
  • Maintain accurate manufacturing records in our Sage manufacturing system.
  • Work within a small team to ensure all tasks are completed accurately and efficiently.
  • Perform production tasks such as labelling and final product packaging.
  • Help with day to day administration tasks.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Previous production/laboratory experience would be desirable.
  • Previous experience of using Sage 200 would also be desirable.

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.com 


 

Production Technician (Part-Time)

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 18 January 2019

Job Summary

Working as a Production Technician you will be working within a team responsible for manufacture of positive control templates. The positive control templates form part of our qPCR detection kit range. This role will contribute to the efficient running of our production laboratories and operations department. The role will involve manufacturing products on a daily basis according to our ISO13485 quality management system and managing stock levels. The role will also involve communicating and planning manufacture priorities with other production and QC teams.

The ideal candidate must be able to work independently, have attention to detail and excellent communication and organization skills.

This role is a part-time role working 3 days a week (22.5 hours).

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Keep accurate laboratory notes/records
  • Contribute to the general day to day running of the laboratory; involves tidying, maintaining stock levels and cataloguing/storing stock correctly.
  • Manufacture kits according to SOPs
  • Work according to our ISO13485 quality system
  • Use relevant laboratory equipment
  • Maintain accurate manufacturing records in our Sage manufacturing system.
  • Work within a small team to ensure all tasks are completed accurately and efficiently.
  • Perform production tasks such as labelling and final product packaging.
  • Help with day to day administration tasks.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Previous production/laboratory experience would be desirable.
  • Previous experience of using Sage 200 would also be desirable.

Hours of Work

  • 22.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.com 



PCR Assay Design Associate 

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 25 January 2019

Job Summary

We are seeking an PCR Assay Design Associate to support our needs for PCR assay design within the R&D department of a fast-growing and friendly biotech business.

Primerdesign are experts in real-time PCR, a molecular biology technique for detecting the presence of DNA and quantifying it. We have customers in many different industries including academia, research, healthcare, food industry and the veterinary industry selling to over 100 countries worldwide.

An exciting new venture for the company lies with developing kits and services in collaboration with some of the industry’s largest players. There’s a chance to you the chance to make a difference to the future healthcare industry as well as build on your skills and wider network.

The candidate will apply algorithms and programs to support assay design, develop design strategies, conduct in silico validation of assays and analyse experimental data. They will also apply their design knowledge to utilise innovative chemistries across a wide range of applications; e.g. expression profiling, genotyping, multiplexing etc. with the goal to improve the design process.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • The development of assays: design PCR primers and probes for targeted assays.
  • Curate sequence data and mine public databases for sequence content periodically.
  • Work closely with internal and external collaborators to define the bioinformatics requirements for assays, set timelines and perform design reviews.
  • Assist in the data analysis and report writing of development studies, ensuring compliance with all applicable regulatory standards.
  • Participate in R&D project team meetings as needed.
  • Assist with laboratory tasks as and when asked. This may include the development and optimization of new and existing products.
  • Ensure the completion of research-related documentation (including technical summaries) in line with an ISO13485 quality management system.
  • Provide regular progress reports on assigned projects.
  • The provision of expert technical support for customers may be required.

Qualifications and experience required

Essential

  • BSc in a Life Science Subject
  • Must have experience in and understanding of primer and probe design for qPCR and/or other primer/probe based assays.
  • Must have 2+ years of relevant laboratory-based PCR work experience.
  • Proficient with bioinformatics analysis tools: multiple sequence alignment, BLAST analysis, open reading frame analysis etc.
  • Understanding of the biology behind genotyping, gene expression profiling, comparative genomics and genetic mapping
  • The ability to work well within a team and have strong written and verbal communication skills is critical.
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail are required for this role.
Desirable
  • BSc in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics or related field
  • Expertise in mining public databases for genomic sequences
  • Expertise in sequence analysis tools for mapping and comparative genomics
  • Experience of working in industry, particularly in a customer facing role and in technical support.
  • Experience of working within a quality system is highly advantageous, particularly ISO 13485.
  • Previous experience in scientific product development or creating complex study designs desired.
  • Previous statistical data analysis experience would be beneficial.

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.com 


 

QC Laboratory Technician 

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 01 February 2019

Job Summary

Working as a QC Laboratory Technician you will be working within a team responsible for quality control testing of all Primerdesign manufactured products. This role will contribute to the efficient running of our QC team and ensuring a high standard of product manufacture. The role will involve performing QC tests and recording and reporting QC results.

The ideal candidate must be able to work independently, have attention to detail and excellent communication and organization skills.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Keep accurate laboratory notes/records.
  • Execute the scheduled day to day testes performed by the QC team, ensuring excellent communication with production team to maintain efficient processing of products and shipment on time.
  • QC products & samples according to QC SOPs.
  • Work according to our ISO13485 quality system.
  • Use and maintain relevant laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain accurate batch record data & QC reports within our manufacturing systems.
  • Perform stability tests, record data and when necessary produce reports.
  • Produce any required certificate of analysis or QC data reports.
  • Help with day to day administration tasks.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Previous production/laboratory experience would be desirable.

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.com 



Speculative applications

We always enjoy meeting smart people who might like to join us.  If you have a scientific background and are interested in working for an exciting, fast-growing biotech company then send us a CV. Cake making skills desirable but not essential.

 Primerdesign HQ

Who we want

Friendly We want friendly people. We’re all friendly and our customers love that fact. We want to provide a personal friendly service to every one of them. And we want to thrive in an environment that is a relaxed and friendly place in which to work.

Dedicated We want people who love giving outstanding service. As a team we are dedicated to looking after our customers. To giving them an experience with a biotech supplier that they have never experienced the like of.

Expert Our reputation is built on expertise in real-time PCR. We want to flood our company with more and more people who are truly expert in their field. More real-time PCR experts of course, but experts in other areas of business are crucial for our success too.

Professional We want professionals. We want to ensure that all of our customers and all of our team are thoroughly looked after. It’s a fun place to work, but also one where we strive to do the useful things that bigger companies do too. We want to better ourselves, to progress our skill sets and to build successful careers.

If you would like to work for Primerdesign, but do not see a suitable role advertised above, you can still send us a speculative a CV and covering letter to: kay.campbell@novacyt.com