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Trainee Quality Officer – Nottingham


Sygnature Discovery is a leading independent integrated drug discovery and non-clinical services company. Private equity-backed since 2017, the company operates fully enabled research facilities in Nottingham and Alderley Park, UK, housing nearly 400 research scientists (over 80% of whom hold a PhD), and has an office presence in Cambridge, MA, and South San Francisco, CA, in the USA.

Since 2011, 34 compounds discovered by Sygnature for customers have entered pre-clinical development and, so far, 17 of these have progressed to clinical trials (Phases I, II and III). In 2017, Sygnature Discovery received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, and in the last year has won both the Medilink Outstanding Achievement Award and the Bionow Company of the Year Award.

About the role

We are currently seeking a trainee Quality Officer to join the In Vivo Pharmacology department in Nottingham.

The enthusiastic individual we seek will have a relevant life science qualification ideally combined with laboratory-based research experience, ideally within the CRO, pharmaceutical or biotechnology sector. Experience in a Quality Control and/ or Quality Assurance role is preferable and a working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice will be a distinct advantage.

The successful candidate must be able to manage multiple tasks effectively in order to meet deadlines and must also have meticulous attention to detail.

Principal responsibilities

This position has a dual focus, on Quality Control and Quality Assurance:

Quality Control:

The successful candidate would be expected to build and maintain an understanding of all study types performed by the In Vivo Pharmacology department in order to be able to effectively fulfil this role, which will involve:

  • Performing QC checking of primarily non-GLP studies, as allocated by Management


Quality Assurance:

In this aspect of the role the objective is to provide independent assurance to management on matters of GLP compliance whilst also having a proactive approach to regulatory compliance. This aspect of the role will involve:

  • Assisting the QA Manager in maintaining the GLP QA programme. This will involve performing audits and inspections on GLP abuse liability studies.


To succeed in the role, you will have the following capabilities and experience;

  • Life Science graduate and/or equivalent quality management qualification / certification
  • Preferable experience in a laboratory environment operating under GLP
  • Previous experience of GLP is desirable
  • Able to deliver deadlines under pressure
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Diplomatic, polite, and professional
  • Contribute positively to the team
  • Organised with excellent attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and Self-motivated



This is a permanent position and offering an excellent training and benefits package, including a highly competitive salary which is reviewed annually, a bonus scheme, a well-regarded pension scheme, and private medical insurance. All our benefits are tailored to enhancing your experience at Sygnature as it is important to us that you share in our success.

We also recognise that the environment you work in is a priority, so we have built a collaborative and supportive culture with plenty of opportunities to grow and succeed, tailored to individual and business needs. This includes an excellent set of bespoke training and development courses to accelerate both your scientific and personal career growth.

If you are interested in joining a successful and engaged company that places its people at the heart of its business, please apply through the link including the following:

Apply here

1) Your CV,

2) a covering letter that briefly outlines your suitability for the role and your current notice period (if applicable), and

3) confirmation of your status of eligibility to work in the UK (we are able to consider sponsoring potential employees with relevant levels of qualifications and experience under a Skilled Worker visa).

Your application will be submitted through our trusted partners, LogicMelon, although only employees of Sygnature Discovery will review your application and personal data.

We will be interviewing on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Careers team at Please do not submit your application to this email address.


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