Operations Lead in Q1 Scientific Belgium

Due to international expansion, we are hiring an Operations Lead to join our team in Belgium. This is a key hire for our new Belgium site located in Villers-le-Bouillet, Belgium. With ambitious growth targets, this is an exciting opportunity to join Q1 Scientific in Belgium, where we serve pharmaceutical and medical device companies across Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

Q1 Scientific provides environmentally controlled, stability storage services for the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Food Science industries across Ireland and Europe. Our purpose-built facilities offer walk-in rooms and reach-in cabinets for sample storage at specific temperature and humidity conditions ranging from ultra-low freezers at -80°C to storage over 50°C.

Through our support of international pharmaceutical and medical device companies, we very much see Q1 Scientific as being part of a customer’s own operational and production chain. The healthcare products provided by these companies are vital and we are privileged to perform our part in the provision of those products to the global market.

The Operations Lead role

As the Operations Lead, you will report to the General Manager while supervising, coordinating and administrating Q1 Scientific stability operations. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Operational activities

  • Supervising and coordinating the management of stability storage samples.
  • Receive and place customers’ product samples on stability organising collection and delivery of products to/from customers
  • Complete all study paperwork as per the Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Checking and documenting all monitoring equipment and completion of QMS documentation.

Quality Management System

  • In conjunction with Quality, ensure all operations specified by the company QMS are managed to the highest quality and compliance standards and in accordance with cGMP standards

Facilities Management

  • Ensure the facility is kept clean and equipment and maintenance schedules are maintained as specified by QMS
  • Assist with development, optimisation and validation of new equipment

General Office Administration

  • Answer phones and emails and respond to issues in a timely manner
  • Maintenance of administration paperwork including invoices, delivery dockets and contractor reports
  • Liaising with external consultants and contractors

Customer Care / Business Development

  • Business Development – Actively seeking new clients and giving high priority to customer satisfaction
  • Effectively develop and implement plans to achieve Company objectives
  • Constant review/improvement of operations and systems

Requirements for the Operations Lead role

  • A minimum of 3 years experience performing a similar role within a regulated industry (pharmaceutical or medical device industry experience is preferred)
  • Third level qualification
  • Experience with quality management and logistics management systems
  • Good IT skills (Word, Excel, Visio)
  • Fluent in French and English

Hours of work

  • Normal office hours are from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
  • There is some flexibility around these hours once all operations and opening hours are covered
  • The Q1 Scientific office is located in Villers-le-Bouillet, Belgium

Why join Q1 Scientific?

Now is a good time to join us as business growth has been exceptional with a 500% capacity increase in Waterford over the last 9 years, taking the total unit footprint to 30,000 sq ft. During the first half of 2023, Q1 Scientific is opening a new 20,000 sq ft cGMP facility in Belgium. As the Stability Lead, you will play a key role in growing our new Belgium site.

In 2020, Q1 Scientific won Contract Services Company of the Year at the Pharma Industry Awards and was shortlisted for the same award in 2021. Last year Q1 Scientific was awarded ‘Business of the Year‘ at the Waterford Chamber Business Awards.

Q1 Scientific was acquired by Cambrex in June 2022. Cambrex is a leading global CDMO that provides drug substance, drug product and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. Cambrex’s team of over 2,200 experts has over 40 years of experience serving global clients from sites in North America and Europe. Thanks to the range of career prospects at Cambrex, there are plenty of opportunities to develop new skills and progress your professional development.

In addition to a competitive salary, this role offers free onsite parking, benefits and training opportunities.

To apply

To apply, please send your CV to karrena.legg@cambrex.com.