Device Technologist, Open to flexible working

Barnard Castle, Durham
16 Jun 2021
29 Jun 2021
Contract Type

GSK have a challenging and inspiring mission: to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

In the heart of rural Teesdale, the GSK site at Barnard Castle is a key member of the Pharma Supply Chain (PSC) organisation producing some of the world's leading dermatological, sterile and inhaled medicines for a wide range of diseases.

Did you know? Some of GSK's ground-breaking new medicines for conditions such as Lupus, Asthma and Rheumatoid Arthritis are designed to be self-administered, by the patient, at home? GSK Barnard Castle is a key New Product Introduction site for world-first Biopharmaceutical products supplied in auto-injector pen devices.

  • Do you want to be part of the team leading the development of the next generation of drug delivery technologies to support our existing commercial products and new product portfolio?
  • Do you want to contribute to a world class pharmaceutical manufacturing facility committed to improving the quality of life for millions of people across the world?

If the answer is yes, and you are a Technical professional who wants to make a difference, then we have a great new opportunity for a Device Technologist in the New Product Introduction and Process Technology team at our key manufacturing site at Barnard Castle in the UK.

You'll deliver the science and engineering to ensure our manufacturing processes and technologies for new and existing delivery devices are the best they can be to meet the needs of our patients.

Your output will be critical to ensuring advanced manufacturing processes are capable, controlled and continually robust.

On offer to you are exciting technical and intellectual challenges and the opportunity to develop your capabilities whilst making a difference to the lives of millions of patients within a world leading global healthcare company.

As a Device technologist you will provide technical expertise for device assembly and functionality for both existing and new products, predominantly auto injectors for syringes. You will provide first touch troubleshooting and advice, work on technical projects and generate, supply and interpret technical data. Additionally, you will lead improvement programmes and execute New Product Introductions and planned changes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for on a Device Assembly operation(s) ensuring Critical Process Parameters are identified, understood, monitored and controlled. Where applicable, work in teams to understand the relationship between measurement, impact of variability in raw materials and intermediates, environmental conditions, equipment conditions, manual operations and their integration with the control strategy.
  • Work closely with engineering, production and quality to deliver project activity and ensure that day to day technical issues are resolved.
  • Be part of the first response team in investigating device and equipment issues. Lead quality investigations, root cause analysis and lead CAPA creation associated with the unit operation.
  • Actively drive the improvement of unit operation process capability and batch yields. Specifically, be accountable for Cost of Goods and Cost of Waste improvements.
  • Work collaboratively with key equipment and component suppliers to develop improvements to processes. Be comfortable working with individuals at a variety of levels both within and external to GSK.
  • Responsible for delivering key technical activities including NPI trials and planned change implementation.
  • Lead/support design and development work in support of equipment selection, installation and validation (including business process change) and support the standardisation of manufacturing and process measurement technology (e.g. PAT) on site
  • Investigate alternative new technologies for plant/equipment efficiency improvements and use technical expertise to influence equipment strategy to meet future site goals
  • Ensure compliance with site standard operation procedures
  • Ensure that GMP, Quality, Health and Safety processes are adhered to in all aspects of role 
  • Able to perform technical coaching of operators and technicians to ensure knowledge transfer to the 'manufacturing shop floor' allowing operators and technicians to improve their accountability and timeliness of issue resolution.


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When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the online application or your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BSc or equivalent education, training and experience (e.g. HND, advanced apprenticeship) in a related scientific, engineering or technical discipline.
  • Knowledge of injection moulding and/or device/assembly manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of the structured problem-solving approaches used for all product & process issues

Must have an awareness of, and general and practical understanding of some or all of the following:

  • The materials and major differences in the manufacturing methods of moulded components e.g. polymers, pigments and the various moulding techniques
  • Procurement systems and processes used to drive activities and deliver projects, with a detailed appreciation of compliance requirements
  • Existing supply base and of the industry in general as a source of new suppliers or specialist skills
  • Pharmaceutical regulatory environment and the specific additional legislation needs for medical devices e.g., MDR, CE marking, FDA Medical Device guidance
  • Metrology and plastics testing techniques and procedures and GSK Specification and Drawing systems
  • Awareness of global packaging technologies and the interface with device technologies
  • Device-Product knowledge
  • Injection Mould Tooling Design and Process
  • Polymer Science
  • Rubber Technology
  • Springs
  • Metal Forming
  • Coating Technologies
  • Device Testing
  • Device Assembly/Automation
  • Device Design CAD/CAE
  • Device Supply Base Management
  • Medical Device Regulations


Company Details:

At GSK, we're a company with a special purpose, to help people do more feel better and live longer. Realising our purpose starts with us. When we feel at our best, we perform at our best.

When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living GSK's values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. And in return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive. Put simply, it's about you being motivated to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.

Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers

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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