Meet the team

Meet our Quality Control Chemist, James.

James works at our site in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, where we develop, formulate and manufacture all of our speciality chemical products before shipping them worldwide.

With a BSc Hons in Pharmacology, James is specially trained in procedures to evaluate and maintain our stringent quality control standards.

We sat down to ask James a few questions about his role at AGMA, and encouraged him to shed some light on the responsibilities of a Quality Control Chemist.


Job Role: Quality Control Chemist

What are your responsibilities? 

  • QC-Checking [Quality control checking] products and raw materials to check for any flaws. If there are any, then I investigate why the flaws happened and how to prevent more of them from happening in the future. 
  • Calibrating lab equipment as well as conducting performance checks to see if they are within specifications. 
  • Assisting in Quality Assurance, such as updating standard operating procedures, COSHH and maintaining AGMA’s quality management system so it is within ISO standards.
  • Assisting R&D

What is your background? 

BSc Hons Pharmacology (drugs within the body) – so I’ve got a lot of experience within the Life Sciences area.

Describe your job in three words. 

Lab, chemicals and paperwork.

If you could work in any other part of the business, where would you work? 


What is the best thing about your role / working for Agma? 

The lab work.

What challenges do you face and how do you overcome them? 

Tight deadlines and on occasion, a fast-paced work environment. I overcome this by setting up a schedule and writing what I need to do on a sticky note. Then I arrange those from most to least urgent. 

Which industry websites do you use to keep up to date? 


What do you enjoy outside of work? 

Reading, writing, playing video games, walking the dog, and hiking.


Keep an eye on our Meet the Team series for more peeks into life at AGMA.

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