Team Leader MicroBiology, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
14 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
Contract Type

GlaxoSmithKline is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company that combines both individual talent and technical resources to create a platform for the delivery of strong growth in a rapidly changing healthcare market. Our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

We have a vacancy within our platform operations QC team.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide specialist microbiological knowledge, expertise and troubleshooting skills for internal CGT process and processes contracted out to third parties.
  • Implement and maintain GMP compliant SOPs and instructions aligned with regulatory expectations for microbiological testing of CGT materials and facilities including rapid sterility, bioburden, mycoplasma and endotoxin testing and environmental monitoring
  • Perform trend analysis of microbiological test results and quality indicators for sterility testing, bioburden testing, mycoplasma testing, endotoxin testing and environmental monitoring and raise and investigate any quality risks.
  • Ensure microbiological test and associated equipment are validated and maintained in line with GSK QMS and regulatory expectations
  • Ensure change controls, quality deviations, atypical / out of specification results and quality / business risks associated with area of responsibility are appropriately escalated, investigated and take ownership for the delivery of any required actions.
  • Author and review standard operating procedures and analytical instructions as necessary.
  • Author or review analytical data and commentary for regulatory submissions as required.
  • Represent Quality Control during internal audits and regulatory inspections for area of responsibility.

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Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • BSc or MSc in Microbiology or similar discipline with expert knowledge of environmental monitoring and sterility testing.
  • In depth understanding of Microbiological testing.
  • Previous experience in a similar microbiology role within a GMP regulated environment.
  • Experience in supervisory is essential.
  • The ability to apply GMP principles to working in a Quality Control laboratory.
  • Designing and implementing local quality control systems and processes.
  • Performance Qualification of Analytical methods.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Strong organisational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrable ability to work independently, to plan and carry out the tasks required to manage responsibilities and complete objectives.
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with matrix teams to ensure execution of deliverable successfully.
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex and technical information and influence stakeholders and technical staff.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.

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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