Job description Posted 15 February 2024

Microbiological Technologist

Barnard Castle

8-9 months

£14 per hour

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

Who Are We - GSK?

We are a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. GlaxoSmithKline plc was formed in 2000 as a result of a merger between Glaxo Wellcome plc and SmithKline Beecham plc, although our history can be traced back more than 300 years to London’s Plough Court Pharmacy in the 1700s.

Our goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. Our strategy is to bring differentiated, high-quality and needed healthcare products to as many people as possible, with our three global businesses, scientific and technical know-how and talented people. Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture:

• Our values are Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity

• Our expectations are Courage, Accountability, Development, Teamwork


• 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.

Required Experience

• 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

• IT Skills

All profiles will be reviewed against the required skills and experience. Due to the high number of applications, we will only be able to respond to successful applicants in the first instance. We thank you for your interest and the time taken to apply!

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