Senior Sample Management Technician

This role is based at Fordham, Cambridgeshire, UK within Drug Development Solutions (DDS). 

With one of the world’s largest bioanalytical centres, recognised for leadership in science and technology, DDS has comprehensive capabilities for pharmacokinetic, immunogenicity and biomarker measurement that span LC-MS/MS, immunoassay and flow cytometry.  We routinely solve difficult method development challenges and have the capacity to support the largest, most complex protocols. Our Bioanalysis Department works together with pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in support of pre-clinical and clinical trials for a wide variety of clients and therapeutic areas. We use innovative analytical methodology and the expertise of our analytical scientists to speed up the discovery of new medicines. The Department operates a well-equipped laboratory compliant with GLP and GCP, and offers the opportunity to work with state of the art analytical instrumentation.

The Job (DDS Senior Sample Management Technician)

We are looking for an experienced technician with good understanding of Sample Management and regulatory processes.  The focus of this role is to deliver a high standard Sample Management service to our Drug Development Solutions department.  A key aspect of the role is the ability to pay close attention to detail whilst handling biological samples. This work will be performed within a regulatory (GLP/GCP) framework to deliver high quality results to our customers.

Key responsibilities include;

  • Receiving samples, performing integrity checks and logging samples into our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Sample storage, tracking in LIMS and final disposal of samples
  • Ensuring sample integrity is maintained throughout the lifetime of the sample
  • Providing updates to study teams on study samples as required, acting as a first point of contact within the Sample Management team for assigned studies
  • Documenting samples discrepancies and communicating both internally and externally to work towards resolving these
  • Operating in accordance with SOPs producing good quality documentation in compliance with GLP
  • Working closely as part of a team, supporting one another to achieve our customers goals
  • Taking an active role in planning work, managing your time within a fast-paced environment
  • Being actively involved in training and/or line managing of junior staff
  • Contributing to audits including responses to audit findings


The ideal candidate will;

  • Be enthusiastic, proactive, with a willingness to learn and a desire to develop professionally
  • Be capable of demonstrating decision making, directing the work of more junior staff
  • Focus on quality with an ability to perform tasks in a meticulous manner with close attention to detail
  • Communicate effectively and have excellent record keeping skills
  • Possess a flexible attitude to changing priorities and timelines, responding to these challenges positively
  • Have good computer skills, with experience of using Microsoft Office software
  • Have previous experience of using LIMS
  • Make suggestions for how processes can be improved

Life At Fordham

We have a state of the art purpose built facility within an open green countryside setting, with places to walk and relax outdoors, as well as a café on site.  At Fordham, we have friendly collaborative teams, dedicated to helping our customers to achieve their goals.  Every day is different; we are empowered to solve a range of scientific problems, and embrace continuous improvement.  Individually, and together, we take responsibility to progress projects, learn, and share best practice.  We help one another to progress and grow.  Together we build strong scientific teams, who celebrate success and make time to have fun.   We take care of our people, environment and community.


  • Flexible Working: we offer a flexible approach to work where you can adapt your working pattern to balance your home and work needs
  • Defined career progression, mentoring and support is offered, and personal development is encouraged
  • Excellent training and development opportunities for all employees
  • Wide range of flexible benefits, including a group personal pension plan, access to private medical care, cycle to work scheme, travel insurance and more
  • Regular organised social activities; summer fair, Christmas party, occasional food truck visits and other ad-hoc events and celebrations 

Education, experience and technical skills:

  • At least two years of previous Sample Management experience
  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths and English
  • Further education in science
  • Experience in a GXP accredited laboratory is advantageous
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