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Quality & Compliance (Level 4) Apprentice


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If you are looking to start a career in the science sector, this is your opportunity to work for one of the world’s innovative pharmaceutical companies. Pfizer is looking to recruit a Quality & Compliance apprentice to help the team manage and maintain quality and compliance within their manufacturing facilities.

Qualifications required You will be required to have at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or equivalent including Maths and English.
Higher qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC or other equivalent qualification in Business Administration would be preferable.
Salary £15,740
Holiday Entitlement 25.5 days per year
Benefit Employee Assistance programme
On-site parking
Onsite canteen
Location Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9NJ
Working Hours Monday – Thursday
Start Time – 9:00am
Finish Time – 5.25pm
Lunch 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Start Time – 9:00am
Finish Time – 4:05pm
Lunch 12:00pm – 12.45pm
37 hours
Duration 24 Months
Start Date 04/09/2023
Interview Date April 2023
Closing Date for applications 26th March 2023
To apply To apply, fill in your information in the online form below. If you are having difficulty in complete this, please contact recruitment on [email protected] for assistance.
Next Steps Once the position has closed, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a one way video interview, you will have 3 days to complete it.
This will be reviewed by the Hiring Manager along with your application form to decide who is brought through to the final interview.
If you have any issues in applying, please contact us on [email protected]



You will be supporting the Compliance Lead and Compliance Team in conjunction with Quality Assurance (QA), within Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Manufacturing to manage and maintain quality, compliance and EHS requirements for the GMP manufacturing facilities.

Role Expectations:

  • Quality and Compliance
  • Support the Compliance Team and QA in managing GMP Quality documents including procedures, logbooks, and other documentation
  • Support the monitoring, maintaining, and improving of systems and processes used for Quality and EHS compliance
  • Identify problems and/or opportunities for Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives
  • Liaise with colleagues in API manufacturing and QA e.g., Technicians, Process Supervisors, Engineers, Project Leads, Facilities Managers and QA managers
  • Maintain and record data applicable to the quality management systems
  • Assist with problem solving and improvement activities
  • Contribute to readiness activities before, during and after audits and inspections
  • Complete compliance records and adhere to area GMP & EHS compliance requirements
  • Support departmental colleagues and partnering lines with guidance on documentation completion, compliance/quality issues and system support
  • Work proactively to deliver high quality, complete and on-time records to support EHS/quality investigations
  • Monitor metrics and trends and use them to improve compliance standards that will meet internal and external auditor expectations
  • Support with the management of the API Manufacturing Technical and Active libraries including management of Batch Record storage/archiving
  • Support the Training Coordinator with ensuring training documentation is completed and archived in accordance with ALCOA principles and GMP expectations
  • Teamwork
  • Has the ability to learn from their own and others’ experiences and share with the rest of the Compliance and QA teams
  • To be mentored/coached by experienced members of the team to develop the required skills and knowledge
  • Liaise with procedure authors and subject matter experts in API Manufacturing and QA
  • Execute the role with enthusiasm, diligence, and professionalism


  • High level of attention to detail and ability to document clearly and concisely is essential
  • Strong aptitude to execute tasks ‘Right First Time’
  • Identifies improvement areas and contributes within a team to implement these improvements. Can confidently contribute to CI initiatives
  • Plans, prioritises their own work, under direct supervision in the execution of compliance and quality duties
  • Demonstrates an ability to multi-task and seeks guidance when to prioritise own work
  • Ability to communicate confidently with cross-departmental interactions, collaborative teamwork and assisting colleagues with compliance/QA/EHS matters
  • Displays good networking skills to enhance learning opportunities and own development

Skills required

  • Takes a broad perspective to solve problems, sometimes choosing among less obvious approaches to identify solutions
  • Has good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Has the ability to determine own work priorities, and troubleshoot issues as they arise
  • Is self-motivated to achieve high quality results within defined timeframes
  • Demonstrates attention to detail and ability to appropriately prioritize and perform multiple tasks/projects simultaneously
  • Has a good understanding of Microsoft Office Suite skills, specifically Excel and PowerPoint
  • Completes complex assignments under broad guidelines and selects the most appropriate method or approach to do so

Personal Qualities

  • Hard-working
  • Ability to solve problems, interact with others and manage a varied workload
  • Is self-motivated to achieve high quality results within defined timeframes
  • Attention to detail
  • Can use own judgment to make decisions on complex, non-routine issues within and outside of scope of responsibilities



Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.



You’re the future. Your ambition, talents, ideas and unique way of looking at the world will help us drive innovation in every part of our business.

Our company purpose – “Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives” – guides our environmental sustainability priorities. We’re passionate about protecting human health. That’s reflected in our environmental sustainability goals: climate action & sustainable medicines.

Bringing Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives goes beyond breakthrough medicines. Climate change is impacting the health we protect and the patients we serve. It’s the challenge of our age, we need to act, and our customers and patients want us to act.

We leverage scientific innovation to reduce our environmental impact through climate impact mitigation, conservation of resources and the reduction of waste.

We will continue to work in partnership, using science to combat climate change together #ScienceWillWin

We need people with a hugely diverse range of talents. “Love Science? Want to work on the business side? Get stuck into an apprenticeship to launch a career in anything from working in the drug development labs to paralegal service”.

Pfizer’s apprenticeship scheme, run in partnership with Cogent Skills, offers the best of both worlds. You’ll work with world-leaders in your field, from researchers to business gurus. You’ll study towards a nationally recognised academic or professional qualification. And all the time, you’ll be earning a highly competitive salary.

Looking for an alternative to college or university, where you can earn while you learn, and build experience with a global leader? Find it at Pfizer.



Qualification: Level 4 Quality Practitioner

Apprenticeship standard: Quality Practitioner

Training provider: CSR

Delivery Method: Online



The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace. See the following website: http//


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Location: Sandwich, Kent
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Salary: 15740
Closing Date: 25th March 2023
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