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Conjugate Chemistry Manufacturing Manager

Who we are

We are Vatic, a dynamic company aiming to make healthcare more proactive, enabling people to make informed decisions about their health. Our ambition is to become a leading digital health business, helping people to diagnose all acute diseases. We have already developed a diagnostics tool using the lateral flow platform for COVID-19. Significantly, this test is less invasive, highly accurate and focuses on live cases of transmissible virus.

Job overview

We are looking for a Conjugate Chemistry Manufacturing Manager. Reporting into our Chief Technology Officer. You will help to shape and support manufacturing of ‘wet chemistry’ components, including buffers and conjugates that are included in our healthcare devices to help us achieve our business mission: to empower patients with healthcare data and develop diagnostics for all acute diseases. The role will provide Vatic Health management with the required capacity planning, both of people and physical infrastructure, and leadership to the Conjugate Chemistry Manufacturing team. Working closely with Vatic’s wider manufacturing team you will ensure that the required manpower, machinery and materials are planned and in place to manufacture to agreed delivery schedules with our manufacturing partners. This position requires a strong track record of managing in a batch manufacturing environment, preferably of biologics or chemical solutions, strong organisational and people leadership skills. If you are highly motivated, passionate and want to make a real impact to public health worldwide, we would love to hear from you!


  • Support the scale up and production of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) component materials.
  • Act as the manager of the conjugate chemistry manufacturing team.
  • Work with Research & Development (R&D) and manufacturing team to transfer new technologies into large scale routine in-house manufacture.
  • Work closely with selected contract manufacturers to ensure seamless production through the timely delivery of materials to our partner manufacturers.
  • Take overall responsibility for team manufacturing output quality, including an element of hand’s on quality control.
  • Ensure that standard operating procedures are followed by the manufacturing team.
  • Release of materials to outside partners in consultation with Vatic’s Quality Assurance team.
  • Helping to build out the manufacturing team and ensure that the team has the requisite competence and abilities.
  • Manage the assignment of people across multi-shift manufacturing.
  • Oversee materials management.
  • Overall management of equipment installation, maintenance and calibration.
  • Work closely with wider Vatic Programme Management to create and manage overall work plans.
  • Evaluate risks, plan and implement contingencies to mitigate.
  • Develop a data driven management system to manage, and continuously improve, in service levels across forecast and demand planning, inventory and conjugate manufacture.
  • Develop operational metrics to meet business requirements.
  • Use analytical skills to report on, and work with, key partners to improve performance and external forecasting & demand structure, engaging directly with suppliers where this makes sense to deliver an even better e2e experience.
  • Continuously seek opportunities to improve tools and processes to more efficiently and securely manage the manufacturing process, capacity and inventory control and cost reduction initiatives.


  • Manufacturing background with a degree in chemistry, biological sciences or a related field.
  • Experience with supporting scale up of production from R&D through to large scale manufacturing for IVD or Medical Devices.
  • Experience with managing a team of manufacturing technicians.
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practice and ideally competence with lean manufacturing solutions such as Six Sigma.
  • Understanding of the regulatory requirements for IVDs, particularly ISO 13485 from a manufacturing perspective and any knowledge around biochemistry.
  • Track record of driving efficiencies in manufacturing.
  • Detail and results-orientated, taking on additional responsibilities when required to meet the goal.
  • Strong problem solving abilities.

Plus (but not essential):

  • Project Management certifications.
  • Manufacturing Planning
  • IATA Dangerous Goods Category 1 and 2.

Desired skills and qualities


Competitive Salary
Flexible Schedule
Company Pension
Casual Dress
Company Events
Sick Pay


Location: The laboratory is based in Oxford.

COVID 19 Precuations

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitisation, disinfection or cleaning procedures in place

Why is this a great opportunity?

This opportunity will allow you to play a key role in delivering the most accurate COVID-19 test to market.This opening offers significant potential to make a real difference, not only to company success but also to the global science and technology landscape. Applications are encouraged from highly motivated individuals who enjoy taking on new challenges, are quickly adaptable in an exciting and fast-paced environment, and who perform well under pressure. In return, you will get to play a key role in the growth of a business that is making a real positive change in healthcare whilst developing your career at an accelerated rate.

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