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Biochemical Technical Specialist

Department: SC&M Leadership

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Biochemical Technical Specialist 

Job purpose:

This role is based in our Cambridge, UK office and reports into the Team Leader (In-House Manufacturing QC Team) . The Biochemical Technical Specialist will support the Abcam biochemical product inventory ensuring quality and continued supply in collaboration with the supplier management and supply chain teams.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the procurement team to source products economically for the biochemical inventory, as directed by demand planning.

  • Provide technical procurement services for bespoke chemicals as required within Abcam (such as small molecule antigens and biochemicals).

  • Liaise with outsourced suppliers and appropriately source products within the product inventory ensuring compliance with import regulations.

  • Manage the quality of the inventory by reviewing QC data.

  • Work closely with Abcam’s Supply Chain team to ensure optimal stock availability in Abcam’s global offices.

  • Provide support for technical enquiries relating to products within the inventory.

  • Support the sales teams with LVO or specific product requests.

  • Provide technical input such as tariff codes for the publication of new biochemical products.

  • Liaise with logistics teams to manage the switching of product suppliers as appropriate.

  • Scientific support for R&D research projects.

  • Interpretation of NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy) Data.


Summary of Requirements:

  • Degree level education or equivalent in chemical sciences.

  • Familiarity with chemical structures and nomenclature.

  • Understanding of analytical chemistry techniques.

  • Familiar with basic chemical laboratory techniques.

  • Basic knowledge of Excel

  • Confident team player.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills.



  • PhD in chemistry or related subject.

  • Experience of sourcing products.

  • Previous experience in importation of chemicals and logistics.

  • Familiarity with ERP systems, preferably Oracle


About Us:

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster.  We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.


It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.


In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (which includes shares for eligible employees), a culture focussed on wellbeing and opportunities for growth and development.