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Drug Product Production Manager

Drug Product Production Manager

Hours: 40 hours per week

Salary: TBC

Ref No: HRJOB4474

Business Unit: Sciences

Location: Edinburgh Technopole, Nr Penicuik

Open To: Internal and external candidates may apply

The Company

Almac Sciences (Scotland) manufactures high quality peptides for the pharmaceutical industry. The company historically supplied non GMP custom synthesis peptides for non-clinical use, but we have recently extended our service offering and have established a GMP Drug Substance peptide manufacturing facility on our Edinburgh Technopole site. The new facility focuses exclusively on the manufacture of high throughput antigenic GMP peptides for use in individualised cancer vaccines.

The field of individualised cancer vaccines is rapidly growing and incredibly exciting. The treatment strategy harnesses a patient’s immune system to fight their cancer. In the case of antigenic peptides, the Drug Substances produced are completely personalised – ie they are each manufactured on a one-off basis and only used to treat one individual patient.

Demand for Almac individualised peptides is growing strongly and we have now taken the decision to augment our services by adding a sterile Drug Product manufacturing facility to the site. Sterile Drug Product manufacturing is a new service offering for Almac and we are seeking an individual who can help to establish this facility and service offering.

This is an exciting new venture for Almac and will be an extremely challenging and rewarding role for the successful candidate. We are seeking an individual who has the experience to guide us in establishing the facility and has the drive to grow our DP business offering. 

The Almac Group is an exceptional, award winning, drug development solutions provider at the forefront of the pharmaceutical industry.  We are a privately owned organisation that has organically grown over 50 years and now employs in excess of 5,000 highly skilled personnel worldwide.  Our Global headquarters is located in Craigavon, Northern Ireland with additional operations throughout Europe (UK, Ireland), across the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and in Asia (Singapore and Japan). 

Our drive and passion for the values championed by our Founder, and enshrined in the ethos of Almac, ensures that ‘Partnering to Advance Human Health’ is more than just a strapline – it is our way of life.

Advancing human health requires exceptional people – your talent, experience and passion will be a perfect match for our culture. Together we will make an exceptional difference to the health of countless patients all over the world… this is just the beginning. 

Let’s be exceptional together

The role

Working alongside the High Throughput GMP DS manufacturing team, based in our newly opened GMP Edinburgh Technopole facility, you will be responsible for, amongst other things:

  • DP batch manufacturing
  • Establishment of quality and manufacturing systems
  • Line management of manufacturing staff
  • Continuous improvement of the Almac offering

Essential Criteria

  • Qualified to A Levels or equivalent standard
  • Has held a formal supervisory / line management position
  • Working experience of sterile Drug Product Manufacturing
  • Experience of working in a GMP environment

Desirable Criteria

(The following criteria may be applied if a large pool of applicants exist)

  • Third Level Qualification which can include HND, HNC, BSc
  • API manufacturing experience
  • Experience within a chemical processing environment
  • Experience of installing GMP systems
  • Experience of training members of a team in areas of expertise


  • Competitive salary
  • Family friendly flexible working
  • Learning and development opportunities and support
  • Health promotions
  • Enhanced pension contribution
  • Long service awards
  • 34 days annual leave allowance
  • Marriage leave
  • Free car parking
  • Moving house leave
  • Westfield healthcare benefit
  • Paid medical appointments
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Enhanced maternity pay
  • Death in service benefit
  • Critical illness policy
  • Perks discount scheme

(Full detail including eligibility criteria is outlined in the company handbook)

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Closing Date

19th November 2018 at 09.00 hours

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