EducationThe Highfield school in Letchworth Garden City, Herts. Anglia Ruskin (formaly Anglia polytechnic), Cambridge. Open University (online)
Work HistorySunday library assistant at Anglia Ruskin University - 2004-5 Assistant Analyst at RPS Mountainheath (formaly Mountainheath) - 2006-2015 QC Analyst at Eisai Manufacturing Ltd - 2015-present
Current JobQuality Control Analyst
Eisai Manufacturing Ltd.
A small Japanese pharmaceutical company.
Strong cultural identity.
Highly patient focused.
Staff development encouraged.
My Work: Quality Control Analyst
I work in the Quality Control Department of a small pharmaceutical company.
It is up to me and my team to test each batch of drugs manufactured by the company and ensure that they meet the required specifications e.g. Is it the right drug? Is it the right dosage? Does it get to where it needs to in the body?
My Typical Day: Testing manufactured drugs using a variety of lab techniques.
My day is carefully planned out by my line manager to ensure that deadlines for testing are met.
A drug product typically has 5-6 tests that need to be performed in order to ‘go for release.’
The first thing that I do, unless I start early which is unusual as I’m totally not a morning person, is attend a meeting which goes through what every member of the team is doing on a particular day and allocates equipment such as HPLC’s.
Sometimes I am working in the lab performing dissolutions or IR or preparing samples to run on the HPLC.
Sometimes I am working at my desk using software to interpret the results from the HPLC run or writing up results or updating/writing new SOP’s (standard operating procedures).
This year I have been receiving training in the microbiology department so once a week I help out with taking samples in our production area or testing drugs for microbes.
I do have to attend a lot of meetings, which can be tedious but someone usually provides sweets or biscuits so it’s not all bad. QC runs on sugar, I think 😂
Sometimes things don’t go to plan so then I have to talk to my managers and we need to work out what the issue is, sometimes this leads to an investigation to ensure that our products are safe.
One of our company policies is that the patients and their families come first, so we are encouraged to spend time with patients and appreciating what they are going through. I often help out at a local carehome that specialises in dementia care, it’s kind of hard seeing people suffering with dementia but it also makes some of the more boring tasks seem worthwhile.
Its not all work at work we do like to have fun as well. Since starting at Eisai I’ve taken part in ‘It’s a knock out’ ‘Dress Pink for Breast Cancer’ and ‘On your feet Britain’