Laboratory Team Leader, Open to flexible working

Ware, Hertfordshire
25 Nov 2021
10 Dec 2021
Contract Type

The Quality Assurance Department at the GSK Ware GMS (Global Manufacturing and Supply) site is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the manufacture of products is performed in a controlled manner and meets commitments to international regulatory bodies, as well as the requirements of current Good Manufacturing Practice.

The laboratory teams work as part of the Site Value Streams to ensure that manufactured products are compliant and fit for purpose.  This includes product analysis, laboratory investigations, and trend analysis of analytical results.

Job Purpose:

The purpose of the Lab Team Leader is to provide day to day direction to a team within the GSK Ware manufacturing site Laboratory to support the achievement of regulatory and business strategies by ensuring effective line management of people, processes and plant.  Laboratory teams can be circa 6 to 15 direct reports (depending on number of interim / outsourced staff).  The team is responsible for carrying out analysis on manufactured and procured materials using a variety of analytical or microbiological techniques.  You will be responsible for developing daily plans for team’s workload and escalating issues to the departmental managers (as required), whilst ensuring your team perform all activities in compliance with departmental, company and regulatory (safety and quality) procedures.  This will include embedding governance, standards and capability development to ensure Safety, Quality and Efficacy are built into all laboratory operations.

At least 70% of your time will be focused on GEMBA and Coaching the team (i.e., on the shop-floor, rather than in offices) via a scripted diary, carrying out key responsibilities that will include creating and confirming standards required to manage safety, quality, compliance and output.  You will also be the first point of contact for any Problem solving and Performance management items that require attention.  Throughout day-to-day delivery for your role you will develop new, efficient and compliant working standards, create supporting procedures and training packages, and enable best practice to be quickly embedded.

About You:

This role would suit a driven and motivated individual who has strong experience of working in a GMP (Quality) environment.  Strong people skills and a proven ability to work in a team (eg; flexible approach, good communication, planning and organizational skills) are a pre-requisite for the role.  You should have knowledge/experience of chemical laboratory testing techniques (within a GMP environment).  An excellent understanding and appreciation of the testing of products for release and stability is important.  You will also have a strong continuous improvement growth mindset and a willingness to work towards standardised and lean working practices.

About Ware Manufacturing Site:

Medicines at Ware are presented as either Respiratory devices or in Oral Solid Dose form. The site holds a unique position in our network as the only site responsible for launching the company’s pipeline of new medicines in these dose forms, many of which are life saving medicines. A series of investments in new state-of-the-art equipment are being made that will support the delivery of a record number of new products. This must be achieved whilst consistently delivering outstanding quality, service and value to our patients.

Closing date for applications:  Friday 10th of December 2021 (COB).

When applying for this role, please use your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role (as outlined in the job requirements above).  The information that you provide in your CV will be used to assess your application.

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.  

Basic Qualifications:

  • Relevant qualifications and / or experience (eg; relevant Scientific degree).
  • Good understanding of laboratory methodologies.
  • Required to demonstrate competence in current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), understands its impact on their own role and the implications of not following cGMP.

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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