6 September 2022

Working within Quality in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Individuals working within Quality Assurance, ensure that products meet the required standards and regulations through all stages of a product life cycle, including manufacture and distribution/ supply chain. Regulations include, GCP (Good Clinical Practice); GLP (Good Laboratory Practice); GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice); GDP (Good Distribution Practice) and GxP (Good Practice covering various fields).

Qualifications required:

When recruiting, Pharma companies predominantly look for candidates with Industry experience and/or a relevant qualification. Those working in QA/QC predominantly come from a Chemistry, life science or pharmacy related background. A big advantage would be up to date knowledge of GMP regulations.

Candidate requirements

Working within QA requires a confident individual with excellent communication/ technical abilities, adaptability, team work, attention to detail & enthusiasm.

Typical job titles & career progression opportunities within Quality Assurance may look like:

  • QC Officer
  • Senior QC Officer
  • QA Officer
  • Senior QA Officer
  • QA Manager
  • Senior QA Manager
  • Responsible Person (RP) & Responsible Person Import (RPi)
  • Qualified Person (QP)
  • Head of Department
  • Director

What are salary expectations for a QA

A QA Officers salary can vary depending on the nature of the role and an individual’s experience. In the UK, the average salary for a permanent QA Officer with 2 years’ experience is around 25K – 30K. As a contractor with the same experience, you can expect to earn between £20 – £30 an hour. Of all the roles in the Pharma Industry, QA salaries have a more linear increase in retrospect to Industry Experience.

Get In Touch

Visit our website today to  look at our QA Officer vacancies and what’s being offered currently. If you do not find what you are looking for then give us a call to discuss upcoming opportunities. You can reach us on 01227 844466.


Written by Naomi Brown (Recruitment Marketing Executive)