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QC Laboratory Apprentice

Wicklow, Leinster
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At Takeda, Quality has always been a priority for us, throughout our long history. Today, what we do in Global Quality touches every part of our diverse organization. It’s reflected in our end-to-end Quality Management System that encompasses R&D, Manufacturing & Distribution, Commercial, Vaccines and our BioLife Plasma collection network. When you’re a part of our team, you’ll do meaningful work that makes an impact on the lives of patients. Learn more about us and explore the opportunities to build a remarkable career.

Job ID R0121837 Date posted 04/29/2024 Location Wicklow, Leinster

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Job Description

JOB TITLE:                          QC Laboratory Apprentice

REPORTS TO:                     QC Team Leader


This brief demands a commitment to the quality effort, i.e., the application of sound practices and good technical skills.


The QC Apprentice will be trained to possess the following skills:

  • Demonstrate the ability to operate equipment and instruments effectively and according to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a safe manner within the laboratory.

  • Demonstratethe theoretical knowledge of relevant sciences and technology.

  • Handle materials and equipment correctly paying due regard to safety and environmental protection regulations.

  • Capability to perform basic chemistry techniques to include but not limited to the use of:

Pipettes, Auto-Titrators, pH, Weighing, Diluting to Volume, Volumetric Calculations, Karl Fischer, Thin Layer Chromatography and Physical Testing.

  • Ability to identify and note equipment (foe sampling, testing and control) malfunction if it occurs, and informing the QC Team Leader.


  • Understand the fundamentals of Science.

  • Understand the principles of cGMP.

  • Understand the quality systems that are in place and their importance.

  • Ability to work safely in the laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.

  • Understanding of basic chemistry and microbiological techniques.

  • Knowledge of pharmacopeias.

  • Understand safe laboratory and safe work practices and methods.

  • Knowledge of methods of receiving and logging samples into a QC laboratory.

  • Knowledge of the variety of methods involved in water testing, raw material, in-process and finished product.

  • Understanding the importance of data integrity, recording results in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Understanding the correct labelling of laboratory reagents and samples.

  • Knowledge of “out of specification” investigations and laboratory investigation processes.

  • Knowledge of the purchase systems of QC consumables and liaising with approved suppliers.

  • Understanding the various steps in the production processes – upstream and downstream.

  • Knowledge of calibrating laboratory equipment as required.

  • Knowledge of reporting processes and current deficiencies in GLP/GMP.

  • Ensure that Accident Reports / Near Miss Forms are completed in a timely manner after an event.

  • Participate fully in any cross functional training initiatives.

  • Drive and promote the corporate values of Takeda-ism within the workplace.

  • Ensure timely completion of all SOP, reading, training and assessment.

  • Other duties as required and directed by the relevant Manager or other Officer appointed by the Board of Directors


  • Communicate effectively using a full range of skills:

  • Speaking, listening, listening, writing, body language, presentation.

  • Work and interact effectively within a team.

  • Good technical writing skills.

  • Work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks.

  • Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.

  • Time management and ability to complete work to schedule.

  • Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes.


For entry into year 1 of Level 6 QC Apprenticeship Programme:

  • Pass (Grade O6 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects, one of which must be maths and one science related subject.

  • 250 CAO points.


  • Relevant FETAC Level 5 or Level 6 Graduate.

  • Current employee with relevant experience and qualifications.


Administration experience desirable with a good understanding of general Administrative Skills.


  • Health, Safety and Environmental awareness.

  • Ability to share knowledge and expertise with others.

  • Engage in teamwork.

  • Complete integrity and compliance programmes.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Reading comprehension.

  • Problem solving.

  • Critical thinking.

  • Time management.

  • Microsoft Office (Word/Excel).

  • Mathematics and statistics.

  • Continuous professional development.


Bray, Ireland

Worker Type


Worker Sub-Type

Apprentice / Trainee (Fixed Term) (Trainee)

Time Type

Full time
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