Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Scientist 2

1 month ago(21/12/2017 12:13 PM)
United Kingdom

The Company

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (Ortho) is a global leader of in vitro diagnostics.  Ortho serves two primary industries in the medical field: clinical laboratories, by producing platforms and assays that test for a variety of diseases, conditions, and substances; and immunohematology, by providing the means to ensure blood transfusion recipients receive appropriate and compatible blood.


With a history of more than 75 years, Ortho is a pioneer in life-impacting advances in diagnostics. Worldwide across hospitals, hospital networks, blood banks and labs, Ortho’s high-quality products and services enable health care professionals to make better-informed treatment decisions. Headquartered in Raritan, NJ, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has approximately 4,300 employees serving customers in more than 120 countries.


Ortho is recruiting and retaining the best and brightest around the world. People, who are performance driven, want to make a difference and who help Ortho grow their leadership position in a changing marketplace. The power to reimagine starts with empowered people, who are empowered to grow and given the chance to succeed in ways they hadn’t thought possible before.


Ortho’s purpose is simple: to improve and save lives with diagnostics. They do that by reimagining what’s possible. It’s what defines them. It’s the Ortho difference.


Ortho is an independent company, sponsored by The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms. The company's executive leadership team has extensive diagnostic experience and a strong heritage of driving market change and innovation. Ortho is a strong brand with solid positions in attractive, growing segments and regions.

The Career Potential

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics is committed to improving and saving lives with diagnostics. To do this we hire people who share this dream and are ready for new adventures. As a valued team member, you will carve your own career path and be part of building this company stronger and better than ever before. There is no limit to the experiences, opportunities and new directions you will have access to here at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. More importantly, you will be driving the surge of a whole new direction in important medicine. That’s something we can all take pride in as we take this journey together.


Ortho is known in the industry as a leader in customer service and support.  Deeply understanding and exceeding the needs of our clinical lab, hospital and blood bank customers is what we do.  It’s who we are.  If you join Ortho, no matter what your role, you will be expected to keep that Customer Excellence focus in your work.

The Opportunity


As the company continues to grow, we are seeking to appoint a Scientist II based in our manufacturing site in Pencoed, South Wales.


Working within the Project Portfolio Group, the successful candidate will be responsible for improvement projects to be deployed within routine production in manufacturing areas.

The Responsibilities

  • Using your scientific knowledge (minimum undergraduate degree in a scientific subject); you are responsible for leading the early stages of the project; either through conducting laboratory work independently or submitting requests for lab work completion. You will be responsible for analysing outputs of your experiments and providing routes for investigation; with the overall aim to deliver adequate information on which to base key decisions about the project implementation.
  • The position will be to serve as overall project manager for various projects which are taking place across the manufacturing site in Pencoed. As project manager you are responsible for the cost, quality and delivery of the project. This includes identifying risks on the project (both technical and non-technical); tracking spend and delivery of activities throughout the entire project lifecycle which spans early stage feasibility testing through to final implementation.


  • Within the specified project, the scientist will be responsible for generating and executing project timelines and the project plan. The project plan is to include experimental design, performing feasibility laboratory work, analysis of results, report writing; communication of results and validation and implementation of the change via control of batch manufacture. Responsibilities also include chairing project and supporting meetings.
  • The role is a mix between laboratory work and desk based activities which include planning, coordinating and results analysis and reporting. The mix between practical and non-practical work shifts significantly between project stages


  • In addition, the job will require the candidate to support other projects within the group by means of writing protocols, sending work requests, ordering materials and executing any part of the project plan. Other projects in the group can include changes to raw materials, conjugation methods or manufacturing protocols.
  • This is a rare opportunity to use technical skills as the core of your activities; but to also have interaction with other areas of our business; including but not limited to; quality engineers, validation specialists, supplier quality teams, procurement and production planning.

The Individual

The role is very dependent on your ability to work with representatives from all areas of the business so we are looking for a good team player who can motive and energise project teams.


Key Competencies required for this role:

  • Demonstrate excellent cross – functional working skills
  • Manage work and time effectively to maximise business results
  • Demonstrate effective planning and problem solving skills
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to communicate within and across functions at all levels
  • Show an understanding of validation, regulatory submissions and compliance in a highly regulated cGMP business

The ideal candidate will have:


  • minimum BSc in Chemistry, Biochemistry or other scientific field  (PhD strongly preferred)
  • Goal driven. Can deliver the project to timelines set out in the project plan
  • A quick learner
  • Excellent cross functional team-working skills
  • An understanding of the principles of immunoassay and the factors affecting performance
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft office tools for communication and reporting
  • Strongly desirable skills also include:   

                 Experience in the use of Microsoft project and statistical software packages, Six Sigma Process Excellence certification to Green Belt

                 level, Familiarity with GxP, validation processes, risk assessment application (e.g. FMEA) and Experiencing in leading technical

                 projects within a highly regulated manufacturing environment


Equal Opportunity

At Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, we are proud of the empowering, inclusive and innovative culture we are growing. Our team is passionate about our work, and brings deep knowledge, industry experience and diverse thinking that drive results, making Ortho a place to grow your career. 


Ortho Clinical Diagnostics is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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