Pharmora Limited - Trainee Medical Scientist

Job Title:
Trainee Medical Scientist
Closing Date:

Company description

Pharmora provides specialist pharmacovigilance, drug safety, risk management and other pharmaceutical medical and regulatory expertise to clients around the world including the UK, US, EU, Australasia and China. Established in 2010, we have grown every year since then, and currently have new offices in central Macclesfield where our trainees are based. More senior staff are based globally.

Pharmora is a family owned and run SME. Post-pandemic, in 2021, we began an ambitious programme to grow Pharmora by developing our own home grown talent, under the guidance and direction of our hugely experienced CMO, Dr Stephanie Jones (MBChB MRCP MRCGP BClinSci MFPM DFSRH).

This is our fifth significant recruitment drive since 2021, during which we have hired many Trainee Medical Scientists, as well as a number of Trainee Pharmaceutical Physicians. These team members have developed and progressed, so we now have capacity for further trainees within our programme.

Due to this ongoing growth, in June 2023 we moved our team to local, larger bespoke offices in central Macclesfield, a Cheshire market town with many local amenities.

We offer competitive progressive salaries, paid leave, a pension scheme, a personal wellbeing budget and great, well-defined, progression opportunities e.g. we currently offer electric company cars to our more experienced client facing staff.

We support global Clinical Development trials and undertake pharmacovigilance work. The word pharmacovigilance originates from the Greek word “Pharmakon”, meaning drug, and the Latin “vigilare”, meaning “to be awake or alert, to keep watch”. Pharmacovigilance was defined by the World Health Organisation as “The science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem.” The aim is therefore to identify potential new hazards and prevent harm to patients, but there are many other ways we can add value for the brand and the company, and this continues right through a product's life cycle.

Pharmora helps its Pharmaceutical clients to plan, monitor and report safety data from the first clinical trial all the way to marketing authorisation of the product and beyond. We help with licence-to-operate activities including routine submissions and ad hoc regulatory interactions.

Job description


Our company provides medical and scientific expertise across key stages of medicinal product development, from early clinical trials to post-marketing safety reporting. Due to ongoing growth, we are planning another intake of recent graduates as Trainee Medical Scientists. You will support the development of new medicines and improve understanding of existing ones by reviewing clinical trial data and contributing towards critical recommendations. These activities are key to ensuring that the outputs of clinical research are meaningful and their conclusions sound.

You will have the following skills:

· Communication (excellent written and spoken English)

· Critical thinking

· Data analysis

· Decision making

A recent or imminent bioscience MSc graduate, you will thrive on using analysis to determine the progress of clinical trials and must aspire to supporting clinical research.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

· Analyse and interpret complex data sets from clinical trials

· Become familiar with new data visualisation tools and systems to access data sets

· Adhere to data and information security standards for all communications and all data handling activities

· Identify inconsistencies and patterns in data that suggest error or fraud

· Generate suitable queries to improve accuracy of data

· Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team across different regions and time zones

· Deliver high quality outputs within target timelines

· Clarify scope (including specific tasks, responsibilities and timelines) for any new piece of work

· Communicate progress with key deliverables in a timely manner

· Assist production of performance dashboards and reports

· Summarise and present the results of data analysis to relevant stakeholders

· Be prepared to make recommendations based on your analysis

· Support the drafting and/or review of Standard Operating Procedures (e.g. for Pharmora processes for working with specific clients etc)

· Track client deliverables, highlighting any risks to delivery as early as possible

· Follow Pharmora SOPs or client-specific SOPs/process documents and ensure regulatory compliance ready for inspection at any time

· Identify out-of-scope activities that are requested by clients and flag to senior members of the team

· Follow recommended guidelines (e.g. from senior members of the team) to avoid error and to maintain data integrity

· Be prepared to support several teams with overlapping deliverables

Typical Skills & Capabilities

· A high level of concentration and attention to detail to work within complex systems

· Excellent proactive communication skills in order to interpret client requirements and present data clearly

· Logical, analytical and problem-solving skills

· The highest level of integrity

· A strong desire to support the global development of life changing therapies

· A desire to learn new skills and develop scientific expertise

· The ability to work independently and to take responsibility to make decisions to determine how best to interrogate the data

· A thorough and organised approach

· The ability to accept direction from other members of the team and propose alternative solutions for discussion where appropriate.

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


· Biological Science degree, 2:1 or 1st Class Honours

· MSc, ideally in a relevant discipline

· Ability to work collaboratively in a cross functional setting

· Well-developed communication skills

· Proficient in computer literacy including MS Office Outlook, Excel, Word


· Experience of leading and managing a team

· Project management experience

· An understanding of MedDRA

· An understanding of clinical trial processes

· Proficient in computer literacy including MS Office PowerPoint

Key Relationships

· Pharmora Medical Scientists, wider team and Physicians

· Chief Medical Officer

· Marketing and Business development

· Staff across the group of organisations

· Regulatory agencies

· External service providers

· Client project team members

Expected start date range: Q2 2024 (May/June)

You must currently have the right to work in the UK. You must be based within Macclesfield to undertake this role or willing to move to Macclesfield. Post-pandemic, the role is now fully office based. Previous applicants need not apply.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £23,800.00 per year


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Gym membership
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Referral programme


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme

Application question(s):

  • Please confirm that you understand that this role requires requires you to currently live in or to relocate to Macclesfield.
  • Please explain why you are interested in this role in max. 300 words, using full sentences.
  • Please complete the skills tests, including the recorded answers section to be considered for this role. Typed answers to the 'Phone Screen Questions' are not accepted.


  • Master's (required)


  • English to a fully fluent standard, level C2 (required)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Macclesfield, SK11 6DU: Relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person


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