Careers

Porton Biopharma has approximately 400 staff in a wide range of roles from those working in our pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, through to our quality and scientific development groups.  All focused on developing & manufacturing life-saving products that make a real difference to patients’ lives.

We are always looking for people, ranging from those with a general interest in science & technology, to ones with higher qualifications and/or experience.

This currently includes various vacancies for pharmaceutical production staff and supervisors to support our continued growth.  So if you are a motivated person who is interested in working in a high-tech environment as part of a dynamic team, then there could be a role for you.

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WE OFFER…

A friendly environment working alongside committed teams of people, who will be happy to share their knowledge and experience to allow you to develop your potential, with benefits that include:

  • a competitive salary
  • the necessary training
  • a pension scheme
  • 30 days annual leave
  • life-assurance cover
  • free on-site parking

With ongoing investment into the company and plans to increase our workforce, we are committed to being a leading life-science company that really makes a difference to patients’ lives.

To see the sort of  people that we ‘re looking for, the  Staff Profiles page has short interviews with current staff giving an overview of just some of our roles.

CURRENT VACANCIES…

PBL only accept CV’s from Recruitment Agencies with whom we have agreed Terms & Conditions.

A list of our current vacancies shown below.

To apply for a specific vacancy applicants should  send a covering letter quoting the Job Reference Number, a copy of their CV, together with a supporting statement referring to both the Job Description and Person Specification.

However, we also welcome applications from people with transferable skills that are looking for that next challenge and to develop their career.  To be considered for up-and-coming roles please send a covering letter indicating why you want to join PBL and in which area your career aspirations lie (Engineering  / Production  / Quality etc.),  along with a CV detailing your skills and experience which we can keep on file for when a suitable position becomes available.

All applicants should check our Recruitment Privacy Policy and all applications should be sent to recruitment@portonbiopharma.com.

PBL is an equal opportunities employer, celebrating and encouraging diversity of applications.

Porton Biopharma Ltd is committed to the fair and transparent processing of applicant data. To enable the Company to assess suitability for advertised roles, we will collect the following data: name and contact details, previous work experience and history, qualifications, education, right to work in the UK eligibility, present salary and equal opportunities. The Company reserves the right to collect this data under article 6(1)(B) of the GDPR.

Applicants applying for roles will have their data collected and held securely, and confidentially within Company IT systems which are compliant with GDPR. Data will be shared with the HR department, recruiting managers and recruiting panel.

The Company will hold applicant data on file for 12-months post the vacancy being successfully filled. Candidates are welcome to request that their personal data is removed prior to this date, and should contact recruitment@portonbiopharma.com if they wish to exercise this right. The Company complies with all data subject rights as outlined on the ICO Website. For more information, please refer to our privacy notice: https://www.portonbiopharma.com/privacy-policy/.

PBL582 QC First Line Manager (Compliance)

Salary: Circa £36000.00 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 2nd July 2021

Reference Number: PBL582

Key responsibilities

  • To operate in compliance with cGMP, USP, EP, BP, JP, In-house, FDA and MHRA regulatory requirements, including management of one of the QC Microbiology Units facilities and equipment.
  • To manage, lead and motivate one of the QC Microbiology Units in the planning, resource management, direction and performance of specialist microbiological analyses and testing to regulatory/customer requirements to support pharmaceutical manufacture.
  • To recognise and play a lead role with internal and external customers in the development of novel microbiological techniques in support of project requirements, regulatory requirements and business needs.
  • To support PBL, Porton Down in performance of validation programmes to meet regulatory/customer requirements.
  • To take and maintain a lead role in the preparation, approval and maintenance of procedures, protocols and reports in accordance with customer requirements and regulatory needs. 

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Degree in a scientific discipline
  • GMP Experience or similar regulated environment
  • Experience and knowledge of environmental monitoring
  • Cleanroom and Lab experience
  • Experience of Aseptic Manufacture, practices, microbiology, hygiene and contamination control
  • Managerial skills

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PBL657 Calibration Technician

Salary: Circa £28,000 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 2nd July 2021

Reference Number: PBL657

Key responsibilities

  • To routinely install, maintain and calibrate instruments used within PBL’s facilities.
  • To assist with the preparation and execution of calibration and validation protocols.
  • To routinely back up data from electronic monitoring systems.
  • To routinely performance test HVAC systems, Microbiological Safety Cabinets, Laminar Flow systems and other instruments/equipment used within PBL facilities.
  • To carry out the thermal mapping of autoclaves within the PBL facilities (Potential future requirement for destruct autoclaves).
  • To ensure test data is accurately recorded and the records maintained.
  • To provide oral and written reports on activities when required.
  • To liaise with cGMP/Production staff and develop and maintain an ongoing relationship, to ensure critical calibration issues are addressed in a timely manner.
  • To raise and follow through deviation and failure investigations and generate associated reports.

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Educated to BTEC level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification/apprentice, or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area.
  • Extensive practical experience in the calibration of instrumentation.
  • Extensive Practical, pharmaceutical industry experience of GMP facilities and equipment.
  • Experience of working within a GMP Quality System, in particular, change control, Non-Conformance management, CAPA, discrepancy/deviation, and documentation management.
  • Accurate and clear record keeping.

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PBL655 CSV Specialist

Salary: £45,000.00 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 25th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL655

As a Computer Systems Validation Specialist for Porton Biopharma, the post holder will be expected to balance multiple project and QMS based CSV activities including attending project group meetings, liaise with PBL support teams, regulatory bodies and peers to establish the creation, review and execution of CSV / QMS documents in partnership with all relevant stakeholders. Please see full JD for further details.

Key responsibilities

  • Take the lead in computer system validation and compliance, manage and deliver specific validation projects according to the business priorities, including work scheduling and supervision of junior members of staff.
  • Comfortable working alone or within the matrix management system and as part of a team.
  • Continuous improvement of validation systems and procedures to ensure efficiency and best practice within the industry and to stay abreast of changing regulatory expectations.
  • Write, review and approve validation documentation including protocols and reports and manage the timely closure of any discrepancies or non-conformities.

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Degree in Science / Engineering or equivalent and recognised academic achievement.
  • Experience of validation life cycle activities for computerised systems.
  • Substantial experience of generation, execution and review of validation protocols, reports and technical documents.
  • Substantial practical experience of working within a GxP quality system.

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PBL654 Validation Document Controller

Salary: Circa £24,000.00 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 25th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL654

Key responsibilities

  • To manage and maintain the tracking system / database.
  • To liaise with internal customers both in person and electronically, to ensure efficient and effective processing of Quality Documents / Records and resolution of customer queries in a timely manner.
  • To prepare records for archive storage (accessioning) and retrieval of retained documents during their retention period.
  • To use computerised systems including inputting data that requires a high degree of accuracy.
  • To provide general office administrative support to the team.

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • 5 GCSEs or equivalent, including English, Maths and a Scientific subject.
  • Previous experience of working in an administrative environment using computerised data systems e.g. MasterControl, Sharepoint, Microsoft Access
  • Experience of working in a health care or pharmaceutical environment. Handling and processing large quality documents.
  • Established Computer Literacy especially using Microsoft software packages. (e.g Microsoft Word, Access, Excel.

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PBL653 Production Supervisor

Salary: £25,231.28 per annum

Closing Date: 18th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL653

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • To carry out duties involved in the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals to GMP and ISO 9001 requirements as directed.
  • Ensure that the facility is maintained in a compliant state and that the product/materials are manufactured to appropriate regulatory requirements.
  • Manage and support junior staff in all their activities and ensure they are adequately trained in all operational processes.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all staff adhere to, and all operations are carried out to strict GMP guidelines
  • To undertake all necessary training to enable the post holder to carry out their duties to a required standard.

 Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • GCSEs in English, Maths and Science or equivalent qualifications.
  • A NVQ level 2 in a relevant subject or equivalent, or relevant experience.
  • Successful applicants must either hold or be capable of obtaining a UK government security clearance at SC level. To obtain clearance at this level you must have been resident in the UK for the last five years and not lived abroad for more than six months in the past twelve.

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PBL652 QC Microbiologist

Salary: Circa £22,000.00 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 18th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL652

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • Perform Environmental Monitoring of clean rooms and Production areas as required
  • Undertake and perform microbiological QC analyses in support of Porton Biopharma’s licensed production, service, validation and developmental programs.
  • Carry out all work in compliance with cGMP
  • Test microbiological samples from all stages of the production processes of licensed and developmental products and to assess the results against pre-set standards and specifications
  • Undertake identification of micro-organisms isolated from microbiological tests and samples

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Experience of environmental monitoring of clean rooms
  • Knowledge and experience of microbiology gained in a laboratory or similar environment.
  • An understanding of GMP and quality systems
  • Able to work methodically and to strict deadlines
  • To perform routine testing within the microbiology laboratory, on a day to day basis, of the Bacteriology Technical Services Unit.
  • Good understanding of QC microbiological assays and QC laboratory systems
  • Confident to train junior staff in processes and procedures

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PBL649 Quality Assurance Officer

Salary: Circa £29,000.00 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 2nd July 2021

Reference Number: PBL649

Key responsibilities

  • To support the co-ordination and planning of the IPT workload, ensuring Quality matters are considered and acted upon in a compliant fashion.
  • To actively participate in Quality investigations, change controls and risk assessments associated with the IPT to ensure Quality considerations are taken into account.
  • To facilitate and lead structured investigations using recognised models such as “5 Whys” and “FMEA”.
  • To perform the review and approval of a number of key documents associated to the IPT including but not limited to: validation, SOPs, change controls, investigations, risk assessments, pre manufacturing checks, facility release.
  • To perform review of batch manufacturing records and release relevant material for the next stage of manufacture.
  • To provide appropriate QA oversight of manufacturing and testing processes within the IPT to support the business (including occasional out of hours).
  • To promote and enforce data integrity compliance within the IPT and across PBL.
  • To liaise with customers, consultants and contractors as required.

 Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Educated to degree level or HND in relevant subject (e.g. Microbiology, or a related subject) or a demonstrable equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in specialist area.
  • Experience in operating quality system(s) in a GMP QA environment with proven evidence of encountering a wide range situations.
  • Experience of preparing and providing accurate documents and reports in a timely fashion.
  • Working knowledge of ISO, GLP, GCP and other GxPs.
  • Excellent proven communication, tenacity and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision and to prioritise own work.

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PBL648 Senior Production Technician (Compliance)

Salary: £20,500.00 gross per annum

Reference Number: PBL648

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for the timely supply of GMP documentation for production of Erwinase fermentation and extraction to meet agreed production schedules.
  • Responsible for the timely supply of raw material for GMP production. Ensuring stock rotation and availability of consumables.
  • Maintain GMP databases in a timely manner.
  • Downloading and archiving of Data Monitoring Systems (DMS) throughout the GMP FPP manufacturing area.

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Be Educated to A Level in biological sciences or have significant experience
  • Have experience in reviewing documentation, databases (including word & excel)
  • Must be motivated to work on your own initiative, be organised and have good time management
  • Must have good communication skills and be able to meet deadlines
  • Successful applicants must either hold or be capable of obtaining a UK government security clearance at SC level. To obtain clearance at this level you must have been resident in the UK for the last five years, and not have lived abroad for more than six months out of the last twelve.

 

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PBL644 Process Validation Specialist

Salary: Circa £29335.00 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 25th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL644

Please see job description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • To coordinate the execution of the Validation Master Plan with respect to Process Validation activities.
  • Assess Change control documentation to determine change impact with respect to the validation requirements and report appropriately.
  • To support operational areas in the implementation of change.
  • Support Process Validation activities.
  • Define Process Validation Strategies in conjunction with the Process Validation Lead.

 Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Degree in Science or Engineering or equivalent and recognised academic achievement.
  • Understanding of the Validation Life Cycle.
  • Project Management experience.

 

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PBL638 Senior Production Technician (B20 Seed + shift)

Salary: Cira £20,500.00 per annum plus 30% shift allowance, dependant on experience

Reference Number: PBL638

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • To carry out duties involved in the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals to GMP and ISO 9001 requirements as directed.
  • Ensure that the facility is maintained in a compliant state and that the product/materials are manufactured to appropriate regulatory requirements.
  • To undertake all necessary training to enable the post holder to carry out their duties to a required standard.
  • To undertake work in accordance with PBL Health and Safety Policies and procedures and to work within any Quality systems that are appropriate to the site.
  • To comply with all PBL policies and procedures.
  • In line with any other responsibilities, to perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager.

 Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • GCSEs in English, Maths and Science or equivalent qualifications.
  • A NVQ level 2 in a relevant subject or equivalent, or relevant experience.
  • Successful applicants must either hold or be capable of obtaining a UK government security clearance at SC level. To obtain clearance at this level you must have been resident in the UK for the last five years and not lived abroad for more than six months in the past twelve.

 

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PBL636 Senior Microbiologist

Salary: Circa £27,000 per annum, dependant on experience

Closing Date: 18th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL636

Key responsibilities

  • Operate in compliance in GMP and quality systems
  • Knowledge and experience of Quality Management Systems including non-conformances, change management and quality risk management
  • Undertake and perform environmental monitoring in the facilities that manufacture Erwinase and the Anthrax Vaccine.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision and to strict deadlines
  • Supervise and organise the workload, on a day to day basis, of yourself and junior members of staff.
  • Strong understanding of environmental monitoring techniques and gowning processes. Understanding of bioburden, endotoxin, water testing, disinfectant efficacy and environmental monitoring as well as microbial identification is beneficial.
  • Confident to train junior staff in processes and procedures
  • Perform data verification of test data and results

Person Specification

·Have current right to work in the UK;

·We are looking for a candidate who has a high level of knowledge, understanding and practical experience of pharmaceutical microbiology. The applicant will be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or significant experience of working in a laboratory at a similar level or in a similar role. Applicant will need to demonstrate excellent communication and computer skills in addition to working with a team of microbiologists.

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PBL621 Senior Production Technician (B20 - 37.5 hours per week)

Salary: Circa £20,500 per annum, dependant on experience

Reference Number: PBL621

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • Manufacture of Erwinase working seed cultures
  • Preparation of media and equipment for use in manufacturing
  • Completion of GMP records to a high standard
  • Monitoring and maintaining the facility
  • Following company standard operating procedures (SOPs) and codes of practice

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Be able to achieve UK government security clearance at SC level
  • GCSE in Maths, English and Science
  • Have an interest in working in within a GMP manufacturing environment
  • Strong communication and written skills

 

 

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PBL618 QC First Line Manager

Salary: Circa £36000.00 per annum plus 7% shift allowance

Closing Date: 18th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL618

The post holder will be required to work a shift rotation to support the manufacturing department. This shift rotation includes working late 2 weeks out of 8 weeks and with the potential of some weekend working. This shift rotation is inclusive of a 7% shift allowance.

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

    • Ensure the QC Analytical Services Laboratory operates in compliance with Porton Biopharma’s safety policy and cGMP.
    • Manage and lead the QC Analytical Services Laboratory to ensure the manufacturing deadlines are met.
    • Responsible for staff recruitment, appraisals and management to ‘Policies and Procedures’ documents. Planning of QC staff work schedules, resource management and costing work programmes.
    • Train QC staff within the QC Analytical Services Department in Procedures and Quality Management Systems to GMP requirements. Assist QC staff within QC Analytical Services Department with their ongoing development to aid their career and personal progression.
    • Manage and Track Compliance records for the QC Analytical Services Department, identify weaknesses, develop and implement improvements.

 Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Must have experience of managing and leading a team and extensive knowledge of analytical/biochemical techniques within a cGMP laboratory environment.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of developing analytical methods, method transfer, equipment introduction and validation lifecycle.
  • Must have experience of the out of specification process and carrying out laboratory investigations.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of compliance records and quality management systems within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Clear communicator with excellent report writing and presentation skills
  • Be able to work to tight deadlines and the changing priorities to suit the needs of the business

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PBL616 QMS & Compliance Lead

Salary: Circa £65,000.00 per annum, dependant on experience

Reference Number: PBL616

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the QMS & Compliance teams to deliver compliant Quality systems, and develop a world-class QMS;
  • Provide operational direction and leadership to a large team of GMP Quality professionals, Documentation control, & Archivist staff;
  • Develop and manage the QA, GMP, & QMS programmes, policies, standards, and procedures to ensure conformance to the highest standards and regulatory agency requirements (MHRA, EU, FDA etc.);
  • Establish processes and systems that support collaboration, compliance and are simple and effective;
  • Lead and support where required with regulatory inspections;

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Proven Leadership and Management skills in a matrix management environment;
  • Practical understanding and working knowledge of GMP regulations and Compliance requirements, with the ability to provide applicable guidance;
  • Extensive experience in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry, with extensive GMP QA experience within the FDA and/or EMA regulated environment;
  • Demonstrable experience of GMP QA management of a team of QA Professionals;
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of local, state, federal and international cGMP regulations; FDA/EU/ICH guidelines; validation standards, QMS and quality risk management principles;
  • Proven experience with leading and hosting successful regulatory audits;
  • Ability to resolve complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors;
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritize projects in a fast-paced environment.

 

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PBL588 Senior Production Technician (PPC)

Salary: Circa £20,500.00 per annum dependant on experience

Reference Number: PBL588

See Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • Be responsible to the Unit Supervisor for your day to day activities.
  • Undertake all work in accordance with Code of Safety Practice, Quality System and all other regulatory requirements.
  • Follow all Procedures, Policies, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines for all activities to ensure products meet the required standard.
  • Always take care and pay detailed attention to all tasks. Complete documentation and records accurately and to a high standard.
  • Work to cGMP ensuring the unit is maintained in a compliant state following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and codes of practice. Keep updated on new rules and regulations.

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • GCSE in Maths, English and Science or equivalent qualifications. In addition, applicants should be educated to a minimum of NVQ level 2 in a relevant subject or have significant equivalent proven experience
  • Have an interest in working within a manufacturing environment and with the Quality systems associated with cGMP manufacture
  • be able to communicate clearly, possessing good writing and data entry skills.
  • a flexible approach to work, be able to work effectively as part of a team, and be proactive and able to work on their own initiative when required

 

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PBL485 QC Microbiologist (Environmental Monitoring)

Salary: Circa £23,735 per annum, negotiable dependant on experience

Closing Date: 18th June 2021

Reference Number: PBL485

Please refer to the Job Description for full details;

Key responsibilities

  • Carry out and record microbiological environmental monitoring for critical manufacturing operations, and routine monitoring where required.
  • Train and qualify all Production and other staff, as necessary, in the techniques and procedures for microbiological environmental monitoring, water sampling and gowning.
  • Oversee, supervise and observe Production and other staff undertaking environmental monitoring and water sampling to ensure continued compliance.
  • Input microbiological environmental monitoring and water sampling data into appropriate databases and spreadsheets. 

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK
  • Have previous experience of working in cleanrooms, performing environmental monitoring and training of other members of staff.
  • A degree in a relevant scientific discipline is desirable but not essential.
  • The candidate should also have a good understanding of QC Microbiology laboratory testing.
  • Have a flexible approach to working and be able to comply with SAPO regulations.

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