Andrew F.

Chemistry Operations Director
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About me

Andrew F.
Research Postgraduate
United Kingdom

My employment

Chemistry Operations Director
Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira
United Kingdom
Science and research
Medium-size business (50-249 employees)

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A day in the life of a Chemistry Operations Director in the United Kingdom

What I do

Lead a group of chemists at a contract testing organisation. We specilaise in testing materials for the pharmaceutical as well as the consumer markets (e.g. food contact).

Skills I use and how I developed them

I use a whole raft of skills, much more now away from the lab bench than in front of it. I see technical aspects around equipment, I deal with finance, quality and HR. I work with accounts to make sure my group is profitable.

What I like most

Interacting with staff and seeing them develop.

How I found out about the job

Speculative application

The recruitment process

Telephone interview and then a face to face interview with a presentation.

My career history

Started at a contract research organisation, moved to big Pharma and moved back to contract research organisation.

What has helped my career to progress

Taking an opportunity that has come along and making the most of it

My advice to students considering work

Try and get as much experience as possible - which is easy saying but can be difficult to achieve.

Other advice

Prepare for the interview, be enthusiastic

Next steps...

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