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
  • a canteen, gym and an active sports & social club
  • 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 applications should be sent to recruitment@portonbiopharma.com.

WORK EXPERIENCE

As a business, we recognise the value that offering work-experience placements can bring and typically offer up to 4  one-week placements each year, usually in June.   All applicants must be over 16 years of age at the time of the placement, and will be chosen following a selection process.

If you are interested in applying, then send an email and covering letter stating your interest and giving reasons why we should choose you to business@portonbiopharma.com  Applications must be received by the end of November in order to be considered for the following summer’s places.

PBL593 Fermentation Development Lead

Salary: Competitive salary dependant on experience

Closing Date: 13th November 2020

Reference Number: PBL593

Job Purpose / Summary

Development is a directorate of PBL and is a development and technology transfer Group playing a key role in the translational research activities of the company. Its role is to develop manufacturing processes and associated analytical methods for use in the cGMP production of bio-therapeutics and healthcare interventions. Development projects may comprise the development of research designs and/or the improvement of existing commercial processes. The post is part of the Fermentation Development Team.

 The post holder will…

The post holder will take the lead in the activities relating to the development of fermentation processes, those related to the culturing and processing of pathogenic microorganisms. The post holder will also be responsible for supporting the head of the Fermentation Development in operational activities. This includes, but not solely limited to, recruitment, line management, staff performance, appraisals, supervision and training of the staff.

The post holder will be responsible for the preparation of project proposals for customers, and implementation of same, preparation and review of reports and presentation for both internal and external customers. Additionally, the post-holder will be required to maintain an interest in and investigate potential new products/ processes which may be of interest to the development of the directorate.

The post holder will provide a scientific and technical specialism in the area of Fermentation to projects involved in the development of processes for the manufacture of biopharmaceutical products. They will be required to work in multi-disciplinary teams, leading as required to deliver key objectives. They will lead in the generation of experimental designs, presentation of work to internal and external customers and the preparation of scientific publications, technical reports and project proposals. They will play a key role in the technology transfer activities relating to the development and/or manufacture of biopharmaceutical products internally or between Porton Biopharma and its collaborators/customers.

 We are looking for

The successful candidate will hold a higher degree (MSc or PhD) in biology/ biochemistry/ microbiology/ biotechnology or a related field. Experience of working in commercial biopharmaceutical environment and preparing technical documentation such as SLPs, SOPs, protocols, reports etc. is essential. They should be highly knowledgeable in microbial fermentation process development and scale-up, handling of pathogenic/non-pathogenic microorganisms, molecular techniques, in-vitro testing of vaccines, microbial assay development, Design of Experiment methodology. Demonstrable experience of managing staff, teams and leading projects is essential. Understanding of process validation, working in regulated areas and awareness of Health & Safety regulations would be beneficial. Equally important requirements are a conscientious approach to work, precise attention to detail and excellent communication skills.

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact: Gurjot Deepika (gurjot.deepika@portonbiopharma.com).

To apply for this position please submit a CV and cover letter using the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings to identify how you meet each of the selection criteria and outline why you would like a career at Porton Biopharma Ltd.

Porton Biopharma Ltd promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

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PBL603 Unit Manager PPC

Salary: Competitive salary dependant on experience

Closing Date: 9th November 2020

Reference Number: PBL603

Job  Summary…

To lead the production team and provide production expertise and guidance to the group responsible for the delivery of production activities.

 The post holder will…

  • Implement and utilise a range of production methods and procedures in support of all activities associated with manufacturing.
  • To ensure the facilities are maintained and fit for purpose.
  • Ensure all support activities including Engineering and Validation, required to ensure GMP compliance are scheduled and executed.
  • Supervision and training of staff
  • Responsible for the generation of Non Conformances, CAPAs, Risk Assessments and Change Controls
  • Ensure the unit is ready at all times for audit by any regulatory organisation
  • Responsible for the provision of all consumables and, supplies required for day to day activity.
  • Identify, evaluate and adapt new technologies where appropriate and ensure that the production area operates to a high standard and complies with GMP and other regulatory standards.
  • Provide reports on all aspects of manufacturing as requested.

 We are looking for…

 Someone with a degree in a biological sciences or relevant discipline, or significant relevant experience.

 Experience working in a clean room environment including a management/supervisory role in GMP manufacturing environment

 Writing and reviewing batch documentation and SOPs

 Downstream processing experience

 Batch and facility planning to support schedules including monitoring, adjusting and ensuring compliance with schedules

 Experience of managing teams of technical staff

 Comprehensive understanding of critical utilities, calibration, Validation, and maintenance activity associated with a GMP environment

 To apply for this position please submit a CV and cover letter using the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings to identify how you meet each of the selection criteria and outline why you would like a career at Porton Biopharma Ltd.

Porton Biopharma Ltd promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

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PBL606 QC Compliance Officer

Salary: Competitive salary dependant on experience

Closing Date: 6th November 2020

Reference Number: PBL606

Job Summary

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Quality Compliance Officer to join our Audit and Supplier Management team.

The position is based in the Quality Department where several key activities are undertaken to deliver compliance and continuous improvement across PBL.

The role will report to the Senior Compliance Officer and support the audit team by completing internal and supplier audits. In addition, the post holder will review monographs and TSE statements for the approval of suppliers, produce and review technical agreements and initiate and progress supplier complaints.

 The post holder will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensuring all work complies with guidance set forth in EU and US FDA GMP regulations governing the manufacture, storage and distribution of medicinal products;
  • Internal and external (supplier) audits including organising, planning, performing, reporting and review of evidence;
  • Raising, investigating and closing out CAPAs;
  • Ensuring supplier questionnaires are satisfactorily completed on time by key manufacturers and suppliers;
  • Liaising with suppliers to obtain relevant information for their approval to provide key materials and services to PBL;
  • Approval of GMP monographs;
  • Producing technical agreements for the supply of goods and services from critical suppliers;
  • Initiate and progress supplier complaints;
  • Maintain the supplier monitoring database and associated spreadsheets for tracking;
  • Assisting QA overview of manufacturing and testing areas;
  • Providing input to KPI reports for the team;
  • Undertaking relevant training
  • Undertaking work in accordance with PBL health and safety policies and procedures.

 We are looking for someone with the following skills, knowledge and experience:

 Essential

  • Educated to degree level or HND in a relevant subject or equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in specialist area
  • Experience in operating quality systems in a GMP environment
  • Proven experience in auditing to GMP
  • Competent preparing and providing accurate and timely documentation.
  • Working knowledge of GMP, GCP, GLP, GDP and/or ISO
  • Comfortable working with multiple tasks and prioritising workload
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of people
  • Strong documentation skills

Desirable

  • Membership of IQA, RQA or equivalent
  • Practical experience in GMP manufacture, QC testing, validation or engineering.
  • Experience in training/troubleshooting within teams
  • Experience of using an eQMS or LIMS
  • Ability to deliver challenging messages in a constructive manner

 

To apply for this position please submit a CV and cover letter using the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings to identify how you meet each of the selection criteria and outline why you would like a career at Porton Biopharma Ltd.

Porton Biopharma Ltd promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

To download the job description please click here

PBL599 QC Analyst

Salary: Competitive salary dependant on experience & 7% shift allowance

Closing Date: 6th November 2020

Reference Number: PBL599

Job Summary…

A crucial part of the pharmaceutical production process is undertaken by the Quality Control Department, which performs chemical and biochemical testing to ensure that the manufactured product is safe, efficacious and fit for patient use as a pharmaceutical material. The QC Analyst is primarily responsible for testing of in process and finished product samples, to defined specifications, while ensuring that work performed within the laboratories is carried out in accordance with the statutory requirements of current GMP and corporate statutory health and safety requirements. The QC Analyst is also responsible for the authoring of technical documentation and liaising with external laboratories to arrange contract testing of products.

The post holder will be required to work shift rotation. This rotation includes 2 weeks out of 8 weeks where the shift is 2-10pm and potential weekend working (schedule dependent).

We are looking for…

A full time, permanent QC Analyst to perform analyses within the QC department of our pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. The ideal candidate will have a degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related subject. The successful candidate will have working knowledge or experience within a regulated or cGMP environment. Experience in biopharmaceutical analysis and analytical chemistry is desirable in one of the following areas; enzyme analysis, physical testing, UV-Vis or pharmacopoeia testing within a GMP compliant QC laboratory. Other key skills include the ability to work to deadlines, technical report writing, problem solving, the ability to work as part of a project team and good computer literacy.

 The post holder will…

  • Ensure analysis and recording of QC and stability testing is performed in compliance with the statutory requirements of cGMP.
  • Be responsible for testing in process and finished product samples to ensure that they meet the specifications established in the product licence and internal Porton Biopharma specification documents.
  • Be responsible for writing Standard Operating Procedures and their associated risk assessments to ensure that those tasks are performed safely and other quality documents e.g. change controls, validation reports, non-conformances and CAPAs where appropriate.
  • Organise and liaise with external testing laboratories to arrange correct and on time testing to meet production deadlines or suppliers of equipment or chemicals.
  • Organise and liaise with internal departments such as validation, pharms stores and QA where required.
  • Maintain an up-to-date awareness of regulatory and scientific developments via courses, meetings and literature.
  • Undertake work in accordance with Porton Biopharma’s Code of Safety Practice and Quality Systems.
  • Maintain training records.
  • Cleaning of laboratories.
  • Performing maintenance and calibration of equipment.

For further information about the post, please contact: recruitment@portonbiopharma.com

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.

Porton Biopharma Ltd promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

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PBL607 QC Microbiologist (Technical)

Salary: Competitive salary dependant on experience

Closing Date: 6th November 2020

Reference Number: PBL607

Job Summary...…...

The post holder will be part of the QC Bacteriology Technical Services team and assist with activities which include the following:

To undertake and perform microbiological QC analyses in the Quality Control Bacteriology Technical Services Unit, which provides specialist microbiological testing services in support of licensed pharmaceutical manufacture at PBL, Porton Down, in compliance with cGMP.

 The post holder will…………

  • 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
  • Record all information and data clearly and accurately
  • Pre-test media used within QC and Production against pre-set specifications
  • Maintain the Bacteriology Technical Services Culture Collection, media stocks, and necessary consumables to ensure the efficient running of the group
  • Safely operate, clean and maintain laboratory equipment to the required levels of cleanliness and operating standards
  • Provide cover for and assist the Environmental Monitoring team when required

 We are looking for……………….

An applicant who has good interpersonal skills and able to work as part of a team and is methodical and reliable with the ability to think clearly, the ability to learn and able to respond to changes in schedule and demands. The applicant will need to have knowledge and experience of microbiology gained in a laboratory or similar environment and ideally have experience of working in a Good Manufacturing Practice GMP or similarly regulated environment.

Key skills are:

  • 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

To apply for this position please submit a CV and cover letter using the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings to identify how you meet each of the selection criteria and outline why you would like a career at Porton Biopharma Ltd.

Porton Biopharma Ltd promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

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PBL608 Manufacturing Supervisor

Salary: Competitive salary dependant on experience

Closing Date: 6th November 2020

Reference Number: PBL608

Job Summary…

To supervise the manufacturing team.

 The post holder will…

  • be responsible for supervising the manufacturing unit where the fermentation and filtration of Bacillus anthracis takes place and will be responsible for ensuring that the unit is kept to GMP compliant standards and all daily housekeeping tasks are carried out.
  • ensure the facilities are maintained and fit for purpose.
  • ensure all support activities including Engineering and Validation, required to ensure GMP compliance are scheduled and executed.
  • supervise and train staff
  • be responsible for the generation of Non Conformances, CAPAs, Risk Assessments and Change Controls
  • ensure the unit is ready at all times for audit by any regulatory organisation
  • be responsible for the provision of all consumables and, supplies required for day to day activity.
  • provide reports on all aspects of manufacturing as requested.

We are looking for…

  • a well organised person with previous GMP and supervision experience. You will be responsible for 4 members of staff and will report to the Unit Manager.
  • a person with experience of working in a clean room environment.
  • Writing batch documentation and SOPs

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact: recruitment@portonbiopharma.com

To apply for this position please submit a CV and cover letter using the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings to identify how you meet each of the selection criteria and outline why you would like a career at Porton Biopharma Ltd.

Porton Biopharma Ltd promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

To download the job description please click here