Job description Posted 23 October 2023

Microbiology Technologist

12 Months

£14 - £15p/h

Barnard Castle

Microbiological Technologist reporting to the Team Manager of the relevant unit and responsible for performing a wide range of biologically related activities.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibilities applicable to all roles at Barnard Castle PSC site:


•       To work as a flexible and motivated member of the team.

•       To follow all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and/or Standards of Work (SW) applicable and in which the individual has been trained.

•       To act at all times in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and to report any quality issues.

•       To act in a safe manner, always (in compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act, and all other relevant legislation) and to use GSK safety reporting systems to highlight potential hazards.

•       To remain up to date with all training requirements (both ‘classroom’ courses and computer- based training through the

‘My Learning’ internal platform).

•       To take part in Continuous Improvement (CI) activities to highlight improvements to equipment and processes.

•       To take part in Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA) processes.


Job Specific Responsibilities:


•       To be multi skilled and demonstrate a level of specialism in a minimum of the disciplines listed above, employing high standards of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

•       To be knowledgeable in regulatory requirements associated with their specialism area.

•       To be able to work without direct supervision in their area of specialism on the Barnard Castle site or other sites as required.

•       To develop methodology for new or modified techniques and prepare written SOPs/Methods.

•       To train junior staff in any aspects of their work as specified by the Team Manager.

•       Create documentation, methods, procedures, protocols and reports to agreed targets.

•       To support investigations/projects within their specialism within the department. 

•       To participate/represent the department on major site projects.

•       To prepare and publish reports/analyse monitoring data as directed by the Team Manager.

•       To liaise efficiently and effectively with Production/Quality Assurance (QA) and other corporate groups as required.

•       Support audit readiness activities.

•       To support routine monitoring programmes within their areas of specialism.

•       To provide active support to Team Manager during regulatory inspection.


Preferred Level of Education:

•       Demonstrate knowledge in at least one area of Pharmaceutical Microbiology i.e. Environmental Control, Finished Product Testing (Endotoxin, Sterility or Microbial Limit testing) Sterilisation, Biological Indicators, Microbial Identification. 

•       Detailed understanding of the GSK Quality Management System and relevant legislation

•       Effective organisation, communication, presentation and influencing skills