Mechanical Technician

UK - Cramlington

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Job Specification

We offer:

  • Vibrant and dynamic employment – we are a highly specialised, growth company operating in a critical sector of the economy – our future is strong and exciting!
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and yourself – our rapid growth brings greater opportunities for you to learn and grow faster!
  • A great team where we all support each other – enjoy your work – after all you spend about a third of your time here!


Our Company: “We are a dynamic, fast-growing company, with an enviable reputation for leading edge science, offering contract research services to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, solving some of the most difficult scientific challenges”. We believe in our ability to relentlessly push forward the boundaries of scientific excellence, delivering solutions for our clients, always operating ethically and with integrity. We take pride in our professionalism and commitment to always deliver our very best work.

The Cramlington Site near Newcastle has an established history of cGMP manufacturing services for an array of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), ranging from pilot scale to commercial metric ton scale. The Cramlington Site has more than 100 cubic meter reactor commercial capacity and has been inspected and approved by the MHRA, FDA and other regulatory authorities.

The site operates from small scale in the laboratory through to very large manufacturing scale. It also offers chemistry and analytical development services.

  • We offer a competitive salary and a progressive and comprehensive suite of employee benefits.
  • We offer state of the art working environment in our newly upgraded site.
  • We offer the opportunity for growth and development and will support funding for relevant training and development programmes.


The Pharmaron Cramlington Team is looking to expand and recruit a Mechanical Technician to support safe cGMP process and plant operations, on two large scale automated plants, while ensuring site standards for quality and regulatory compliance requirements are met.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to required documentation in accordance with GMP guidelines. This includes manufacture documentation, (e.g., Batch Records Sheets, Cleaning Protocols, Standard Operating Procedures, Campaign Reports, Process Descriptions and Technical notes), qualification and validation protocols & procedures.
  • Inspection, testing and maintenance of mechanical assets.
  • Working on planned preventative maintenance, statutory inspections, breakdown/reactive work within a hazardous area environment.
  • Maintaining the efficiency of all processes by minimising downtime due to breakdowns, initiate and implement remedial action where required.
  • Ensuring good communications between process, engineering, commercial and technical teams to ensure that business objectives are met; written & verbal.
  • Participating in a continuous improvement environment in all areas of the process team operations. Identify and implement opportunities for improvement in all engineering aspects.
  • Installation and commissioning of new mechanical systems in conjunction with the assigned Project Engineer.
  • Working on and understanding of engineering line drawings.
  • Knowledge of Health, Safety & Environmental assessments particularly, caution sheets, risk assessments, manual handling assessments and COSHH.
  • Mentoring and training of apprentices and help with knowledge transfers promoting GMP.
  • Providing comprehensive handovers between shifts.
  • Any other duties as required by the Business Unit Manager that commensurate with the role.


  • Educated – Minimum NVQ Level 3 in mechanical engineering qualification or equivalent.



  • Experience as a time served mechanical fitter/technician.
  • Knowledge and experience of mechanical seals, valves and pipework, PTFE lined, glass, carbon, pumps, mag drive, vacuum, metering etc
  • Good communication skills, a results driven team player with a logical approach to challenges.
  • Use initiative to make routine decisions without requiring escalation.



  • Experience of safe working within chemical/pharmaceutical manufacture.
  • Knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Awareness of requirements for Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Lab Practice and Good Documentation Practice.
  • Experience of API manufacturing – Quality requirements for chemical handling, cGMP requirements for pharma manufacturing and efficiency.
  • Experience of safe working practices in a pharmaceutical production facility with an understanding of safety reviews, HAZOP’s and COSHH assessments.


Why Should You Apply?

  • This is an opportunity for you as a Mechanical Technician to demonstrate your ability to make a real impact in a fast-growing and highly respected CRO striving to become the world leader in contract research services.
  • Build and shape your career in an environment that sets and commits to the highest standards.
  • To be part of a team who support each other, embrace, and solve technical challenges and put excellence at the heart of all that we do.


Founded in 2004, Pharmaron is a cutting-edge, fully integrated pharmaceutical R&D service platform supporting the life science industry. The company has invested in its people and facilities and established its comprehensive service offerings throughout the pharmaceutical R&D lifecycle. With operations in China, the US and the UK staffed by more than 15,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in delivering end-to-end R&D solutions to its partners globally and enabling them to accelerate their novel drug discovery and development process. 

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