Sterile Production Operators, Open to flexible working

Barnard Castle, Durham
08 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020

Permanent & FTC opportunities

There are a number of exciting opportunities for operators within the Steriles Business Unit at GSK's manufacturing site, Barnard Castle. Both permanent and fixed term contracts available .

We proudly manufacture 38 different medicines in over 1500 pack variations to treat HIV, cancer, infectious diseases, migraines, psoriasis, dermatitis, asthma, cold sores and acne, to name just a few. We supply to over 130 markets around the world. We are preparing to support COVID-19 pandemic response.

About the job

Successful applicants will work as part of the Sterile production team which manufacture, fill, inspect, assemble and pack sterile liquid products.

The team currently supports:

  • Manufacture of products via fixed route mobile vessel or disposable technology
  • Filling of aseptic and terminally sterilised products
  • Manual or automated visual inspection
  • High speed assembly of syringe products
  • Manual and automated packing of sterile products

Responsibilities may include but will not be limited to:

  • Setting up and operating a range of filling machines and equipment within both Aseptic and Class 10,000 environments . This includes performing critical device challenges,
  • Running and servicing the Aseptic Filling Isolators, working with disposable technologies and sanitisation process such as Vapourised Hydrogen Peroxide and Low Pressure Plasma ,
  • Sterile manufacture of buffers and products,
  • Loading and unloading service and terminal sterilisation autoclaves,
  • Performing Filter Integrity Testing ,
  • Perform BQG activities ( eg ; MD8 monitoring, Finger Dabs, Garment Monitoring, Settle Plate Monitoring, Glove Monitoring),
  • To set up and operate a range of semi automatic and fully automatic Packaging and Inspection machines including Critical Device and Guard Check challenges.
  • Stage required materials in line with production requirements
  • Order consumables from the Warehouse./ External suppliers
  • Completing documentation in an accurate and timely manner ,
  • Working on a variety of computer and automation systems

PLEASE NOTE: The Barnard Castle site runs a 7 day per week manufacturing operation. This role is within the site's negotiated roles and is a shift-based position . The shift pattern s are subject to change according to business requirements.

About You:

We are looking for highly motivated and performance driven individuals with previous pharmaceutical manufacturing / production experience , preferably within a clean room environment .

You will need to:

  • Have a minimum of 5 GCSE's including Maths and English ,
  • Demonstrate the GSK Values : Transparency, respect, integrity, patient focus,
  • Meet the GSK Expectation s of : Teamwork, courage, development and accountability
  • Learn fast and have a desire to develop new skills both for yourself and the team,
  • Be able to apply current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), explaining its fundamental importance to pharmaceutical manufacture.
  • Operate complex, technical processes, both manual and automatic, adhering to safety and GMP standards,
  • Be computer literate with experience or ability to learn quickly a number of different systems such as MERP, Dispense/Weigh Systems, Siemens PCS7, PIMMS, Microsoft Office, document management systems
  • Be able to troubleshoot problems and drive continuous improvement
  • Have flexibility to work the defined shift patterns

Help us to know more about you by using the 'cover letter' of the on-line application to clearly describe how you meet the competencies for the role, as outlined in the 'about you ' section. The information that you provide in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.
For GSK employees, approval for application must be sought from your existing line manager before applying for this role.

CLOSING DATE for applications: Monday 23rd November

About Barnard Castle:

Our Barnard Castle facility is a key secondary manufacturing site within the GSK network, and one of GSKs flagship New Product Introduction sites . It bring s ground-breaking medicines to people all over the world at the right quality and the right price.

About GSK:

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. Employing over 100,000 people globally, we have 71 manufacturing sites around the world. For more information on GSK please refer to our website:

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

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We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

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