Manufacturing Jobs in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Explore the fast-paced world of pharmaceutical manufacturing and contribute to the creation of life-saving treatments, ground-breaking technology, innovative medical devices, and market-leading diagnostic tools. Your contributions can advance medical research, contribute to the treatment of complex conditions, and improve the quality of life for patients worldwide.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Opportunities

What is manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry?

Manufacturing in the life sciences industry encompasses the production of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology products, medical devices, and diagnostic tools. Manufacturing is highly regulated within this industry and requires strict quality control to ensure the safety, consistency, and quality of products. Jobs within this sector include roles across the design and development of tools and hardware, product manufacturing, and medicine production, including the initial cultivation of bio-organisms through to delivery of a specific drug. Alongside this, manufacturing roles also have a hand in the design and fabrication of product packaging, ensuring the stability and sterilisation of medication in line with its method of administration.

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What are manufacturing roles within the pharmaceutical industry?

Here are the key elements of roles within pharmaceutical manufacturing and in the wider life sciences industry:

Drug Substance Manufacturing

These roles are directly involved with the creation of new drugs and substances through processes such as chemical synthesis whereby you’re producing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) through complex chemical reactions and organic chemistry. This role can also involve biological manufacturing which uses living cells or organisms such as bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells to produce APIs through additional processes such as fermentation, cell culture, and recombinant DNA technology.

Drug Product Manufacturing

This role encompasses both the formulation and packaging of drug products and works closely with the substance manufacturing teams to ensure optimum results. For drug product formulation, APIs may be combined with other ingredients to create the final dosage form of a drug, e.g. tablets, capsules, liquids, etc. and the product team will additionally be involved in the packaging process to ensure the most suitable package type is being used, e.g. bottle, vial, blister pack, or other packaging to protect the formula.

Biotechnology Manufacturing

Professionals in these roles are involved in the creation of biopharmaceuticals, such as therapeutic proteins, antibodies, vaccines, and other products, using biotechnology methods. This can include growing cells in bioreactors to produce a desired protein, molecule, or other component; as well as removing contaminants from the biopharmaceuticals using chromatography and filtration techniques to achieve the purest and highest quality components for use in a range of drug types.

Medical Device Manufacturing

Specialists in these roles will design, engineer, prototype, and test new medical devices according to specific requirements and standards. This includes managing the fabrication and assembly processes, including materials and third-party components, as well as ensuring devices are usable for their intended purpose, e.g. ensuring watertightness where applicable. Post-production, teams will also manage the packaging of products and sterilisation methods such as radiation, steam, and chemical sterilants.

Diagnostic Tool Manufacturing

These roles involve producing and/or sourcing specialised reagents and chemicals required for diagnostic tools that identify pathogens, abnormalities, and diseases. Professionals working in these roles also oversee the device assembly process, ensuring components are fitted together effectively and to standards, as well as carrying out strict quality control (QC) processes on devices to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and consistency of diagnostic results, therefore improving efficiency and public safety.

Continuous Manufacturing

This involves the adoption of automated production lines that run on an “always on” schedule to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. Professionals in these roles are responsible for overseeing processes and recommending optimisation techniques to improve efficiency, reduce waste, and ensure product consistency. This role (and others within pharmaceutical manufacturing) requires knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (also known as “GMP” or “cGMP,” current Good Manufacturing Practices).

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Why choose a manufacturing role in the pharmaceutical industry?

Choosing a manufacturing role in the pharmaceutical industry offers the opportunity to:

  • Make a meaningful Impact: You’ll be directly involved in the production of life-saving medications, biotechnology products, and innovative medical devices.
  • Ensure Quality and Safety: You’ll play a crucial role in maintaining strict safety standards, ensuring that every product meets regulations.
  • Advance Medical Science: You’ll contribute to the development and production of treatments that address complex health conditions and improve patient outcomes.
  • Collaborate with Experts: You’ll have the opportunity to join interdisciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and quality control specialists in a highly regulated and precision-driven environment.
  • Impact Global Health: You’ll participate in projects that have a worldwide reach, enhancing healthcare and improving patients’ quality of life around the world.
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We offer a unique “bench to board” resourcing service and are actively working to bridge sector skills gaps and foster the next generation of life sciences professionals. We match clients with candidates using a personalised and human-centric approach that delivers outstanding service across temporary and permanent placements to ensure you not only find the right hire but the right fit for your business.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions about manufacturing roles in the pharmaceutical industry.


What do you do in pharmaceutical manufacturing?

In pharmaceutical manufacturing, professionals are involved in a range of tasks including the creation and optimisation of products, substances, and tools as well as the overall management of the manufacturing process, quality control, packaging, and supply chains. Alongside this, workers will oversee daily production operations to meet regulatory and safety standards.


What skills do I need to get into pharma manufacturing?

To enter pharmaceutical manufacturing, you typically need a degree in a relevant field such as chemistry, biology, engineering, or pharmaceutical sciences. Holding additional certifications in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) or related areas, as well as having hands-on experience through internships or related jobs, can also be beneficial.


What are the types of pharmaceutical manufacturing?

The key types of pharmaceutical manufacturing include drug substance manufacturing (chemical synthesis and biological manufacturing), drug product manufacturing (formulation and packaging), biopharmaceutical manufacturing (production of therapeutic proteins and antibodies), medical device manufacturing, and diagnostic tool manufacturing.


What is a manufacturer in pharmacy?

In pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, a manufacturer is a company or facility responsible for producing a wide range of pharmaceutical products, including medications, biotechnology products, medical devices, and diagnostic tools. Manufacturers must adhere to strict quality standards and regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and efficacy of their products and all outputs are audited for ongoing compliance, effectiveness, and non-conformities to ensure the safety of patients.


How can I get started in a life sciences and pharmaceutical manufacturing role?

To get started in a pharmaceutical manufacturing role and learn more about the opportunities available to you, speak to our team about current and upcoming positions.