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 applicants should check our Recruitment Privacy Policy and 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: 11th December 2020

Reference Number: PBL593

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Fermentation Development Lead to join Porton Biopharma, a leading biopharmaceuticals company located on the historic Porton Down site, in the picturesque countryside of Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Porton Biopharma Limited (PBL) is a limited liability company, established in 2015, to commercialise pharmaceutical development and manufacturing capabilities. Our mission is to protect patients’ health through the quality-assured development and production of biopharmaceuticals.  We develop new vaccines, therapeutic proteins and enzyme products, and manufacture our own licensed biopharmaceutical products, Erwinase® and the UK’s Anthrax Vaccine.

We offer specialist expertise in the development of both manufacturing and analytical processes for use with biological pharmaceutical products. Particularly in taking concepts from the research laboratory and progressing them through the various stages of scale-up and process development to manufactured product for licensed supply or clinical trial.

Our employees join us safe in the knowledge that their skills and experience are contributing to a valuable purpose. This is an excellent environment for the right person to build their biopharmaceutical career.

The Fermentation Development Lead will be in receipt of a competitive benefits package, including:

  • 30 days of holiday, plus 8 bank holidays;
  • On the job training, and genuine opportunities for growth and advancement;
  • Generous pension scheme;
  • Access to online discounts;
  • A work environment based in the beautiful Salisbury countryside, with free on-site parking; easy access to London and the south coast
  • Onsite canteen.
  • Onsite nursery

The successful candidate will be joining the Development group, who are responsible for developing manufacturing processes and associated analytical methods for use in the cGMP production of bio-therapeutics. Projects may comprise the development of new as well as the improvement of existing commercial processes. As a Fermentation Development Lead for Porton Biopharma, the post holder will provide scientific and technical specialism to projects involved in the development of microbial fermentation processes as well as be responsible for line management and training of staff.

Key responsibilities

  • Be accountable to the Head of Fermentation Development for leading key fermentation development projects.
  • Provide expert scientific and technical specialism to fermentation/ upstream process development projects involved in the improvement of existing and development and manufacture of new biopharmaceutical products.
  • Develop improved strategies for microbial fermentation processes using scale down models, media development, strain development and scale-up.
  • Plan and conduct lab scale up to pilot scale fermentation experiments employing DOE strategies.
  • Take responsibility for the initiation and implementation of research and development activities for new projects within the area of expertise.
  • Provide reports, project proposals, presentations, publications, monitor and report progress against agreed timelines.
  • Critically review technical documents.
  • Play a key role in the technology transfer activities.
  • Be responsible for the line management of junior staff including scientific management, performance management, supervision and training.

Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK;
  • Hold a higher degree in a relevant scientific discipline - MSc or equivalent.
  • Several years of relevant laboratory experience: fermentation processes and media development (small scale to pilot scale), strain development, scale-up, DOE.
  • Experience of working within a commercial bio-pharmaceutical environment.
  • Experience in line management of staff and proven ability to lead teams and projects.
  • Technical writing of project plans, protocols, scientific publications, project reports etc.
  • Working to a Quality/safety system (i.e. ISO)
  • Proven oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in project teams and to plan own and others work and delivery of project milestones to agreed timescales.

For this unique opportunity to join our team and develop your biopharmaceutical career experience, please submit your CV and a covering letter. You should outline the skills and experience you have, which are relevant to the post for which you are applying. For more guidance on role requirements, please visit our website, portonbiopharma.com/careers, to download the Job Description.

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 this role 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/.

To download the job description please click here

PBL612 Senior QC Analyst (Raw Materials)

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

Closing Date: 4th December 2020

Reference Number: PBL612

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior QC Analyst (Raw Materials) to join Porton Biopharma, a leading biopharmaceuticals company located on the historic Porton Down site, in the picturesque countryside of Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Porton Biopharma Limited (PBL) is a limited liability company, established in 2015, to commercialise pharmaceutical development and manufacturing capabilities. Our mission is to protect patients’ health through the quality-assured development and production of biopharmaceuticals.  We develop new vaccines, therapeutic proteins and enzyme products, and manufacture our own licensed biopharmaceutical products, Erwinase® and the UK’s Anthrax Vaccine.

We offer specialist expertise in the development of both manufacturing and analytical processes for use with biological pharmaceutical products. Particularly in taking concepts from the research laboratory and progressing them through the various stages of scale-up and process development to manufactured product for licensed supply or clinical trial.

Our employees join us safe in the knowledge that their skills and experience are contributing to a valuable purpose. This is an excellent environment for the right person to build their biopharmaceutical career.

The Senior QC Analyst (Raw Materials) will be in receipt of a competitive benefits package, including:

  • 30 days of holiday, plus 8 bank holidays;
  • On the job training, and genuine opportunities for growth and advancement;
  • Generous pension scheme;
  • Access to online discounts;
  • A work environment based in the beautiful Salisbury countryside, with free on-site parking; easy access to London and the south coast
  • Onsite canteen.
  • Onsite nursery

The successful candidate will be joining the Analytical Quality Control, who are responsible for performing chemical and biochemical testing to ensure that the manufactured product is safe, efficacious and fit for patient use as a pharmaceutical material. As a Senior QC Analyst (Raw Materials) for Porton Biopharma, the post holder will undertake and supervise chemical and biochemical analyses to support the manufacture of Porton Biopharma’s licensed pharmaceutical products. Furthermore, will be responsible for supervising, scheduling and verifying work for QC Analysts primarily Raw Materials based, writing quality documentation relating to Raw Materials release and ensure that work performed within the laboratories is carried out in compliance with corporate statutory health and safety requirements.

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).

Key responsibilities

  • Supervise and run day to day activities of the Raw Materials Testing Team within Quality Control Analytical
  • Runa Biochemical assays, enzyme kinetics and analysis as per the EP/USP.
  • Complete investigations and laboratory improvements.
  • Training members of the team will also be a crucial part of thee role.

 Person Specification

  • Have current right to work in the UK.
  • Self-motivated, with attention to details and good time management.
  • Experience in supervising a team of QC Analysts and Technicians.
  • Must have working knowledge / experience of cGMP in a laboratory environment.
  • Must have experience of standard laboratory equipment and methods.
  • Knowledge and experience in chemical analysis is desirable.

For this unique opportunity to join our team and develop your biopharmaceutical career experience, please submit your CV and a covering letter. You should outline the skills and experience you have, which are relevant to the post for which you are applying. For more guidance on role requirements, please visit our website, portonbiopharma.com/careers, to download the Job Description.

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 this role 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/.

To download the job description please click here

PBL465 QC Microbiology Manager

Salary: Competitive salary dependant on experience

Closing Date: 27th November 2020

Reference Number: PBL465

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a QC Microbiology Manager to join Porton Biopharma, a leading biopharmaceuticals company located on the historic Porton Down site, in the picturesque countryside of Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Porton Biopharma Limited (PBL) is a limited liability company, established in 2015, to commercialise pharmaceutical development and manufacturing capabilities. Our mission is to protect patients’ health through the quality-assured development and production of biopharmaceuticals. We develop new vaccines, therapeutic proteins and enzyme products, and manufacture our own licensed biopharmaceutical products, Erwinase® and the UK’s Anthrax Vaccine.

We offer specialist expertise in the development of both manufacturing and analytical processes for use with biological pharmaceutical products. Particularly in taking concepts from the research laboratory and progressing them through the various stages of scale-up and process development to manufactured product for licensed supply or clinical trial.

Our employees join us safe in the knowledge that their skills and experience are contributing to a valuable purpose. This is an excellent environment for the right person to build their biopharmaceutical career.

The QC Microbiology Manager will be in receipt of a competitive benefits package, including:

  • 30 days of holiday, plus 8 bank holidays;
  • On the job training, and genuine opportunities for growth and advancement;
  • Generous pension scheme;
  • Access to online discounts;
  • A work environment based in the beautiful Salisbury countryside, with free on-site parking; easy access to London and the south coast;
  • Onsite canteen;
  • Onsite nursery.

The successful candidate will be joining the Quality Division, who are responsible for ensuring that the manufactured product is safe, efficacious, and fit for patient use as a pharmaceutical material.

As a QC Microbiology Manager for Porton Biopharma, the post holder will lead the Microbiology Department to successfully deliver quality products on time in full. This role will provide Line Management for 4 area managers supervising established teams within the microbiology department. The overall team equates to approximately 30 quality professionals.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the QC Microbiology Group and ensure all quality activities are performed in compliance with regulations and other requirements including: The Rules & Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' and Distributors, cGMP guidance, and other regulations governing PBL activities;
  • Lead projects and deliver required outcomes in their own specialist area;
  • Lead, motivate, coach, mentor and manage the performance and output of the Microbiology Team (including direct managerial reports) and ensure that all team objectives are met in agreed timescales;
  • Maintain and develop the local standard operating procedures to secure effective working practices as well as compliance with relevant national, European and US legislation;
  • Monitor the performance of the systems under area of responsibility using KPIs and report to management;
  • Develop and implement an ongoing Quality Improvement Plan related to the systems under area of responsibility;
  • Lead the development and implementation of an ongoing Health & Safety Plan for the team to secure the right level of performance, highlight failures and make recommendations for solutions;
  • In line with overall responsibilities, perform additional tasks assigned by the line manager.

Person Specification

  • Have current, established right to work in the UK;
  • Have a degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate scientific discipline;
  • Trained in Microbiology;
  • Demonstrable experience with managing and leading trained industry professionals;
  • Experience of managing and operating quality systems for compliance, to regulatory requirements;
  • Experience with dealing with internal customers, negotiating and agreeing work programmes, reporting progress and dealing with issues to ensure delivery and customer satisfaction;
  • Substantial practical experience within a GMP environment, particularly in the context of biologics and steriles manufacture;
  • Knowledge and experience of aseptic manufacture;
  • Knowledge of EU/US pharmaceutical regulatory requirements for biologics and sterile products.

For this unique opportunity to join our team and develop your biopharmaceutical career experience, please submit your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@portonbiopharma.com. You should outline the skills and experience you have, which are relevant to the post for which you are applying. For more guidance on role requirements, please visit our website, portonbiopharma.com/careers, to download the Job Description.

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 this role 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 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/. 

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.

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 this role 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 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/.

To download the job description please click here

PBL611 QC First Line Manager

Salary: Competitive DOE

Closing Date: 11th December 2020

Reference Number: PBL611

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a QC First Line Manager to join Porton Biopharma, a leading biopharmaceuticals company located on the historic Porton Down site, in the picturesque countryside of Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Porton Biopharma Limited (PBL) is a limited liability company, established in 2015, to commercialise pharmaceutical development and manufacturing capabilities. Our mission is to protect patients’ health through the quality-assured development and production of biopharmaceuticals. We develop new vaccines, therapeutic proteins and enzyme products, and manufacture our own licensed biopharmaceutical products, Erwinase® and the UK’s Anthrax Vaccine.

We offer specialist expertise in the development of both manufacturing and analytical processes for use with biological pharmaceutical products. Particularly in taking concepts from the research laboratory and progressing them through the various stages of scale-up and process development to manufactured product for licensed supply or clinical trial.

Our employees join us safe in the knowledge that their skills and experience are contributing to a valuable purpose. This is an excellent environment for the right person to build their biopharmaceutical career.

The QC First Line Manager will be in receipt of a competitive benefits package, including:

  • 30 days of holiday, plus 8 bank holidays;
  • On the job training, and genuine opportunities for growth and advancement;
  • Generous pension scheme;
  • Access to online discounts;
  • A work environment based in the beautiful Salisbury countryside, with free on-site parking; easy access to London and the south coast
  • Onsite canteen.
  • Onsite nurseryAs a QC First Line Manager for Porton Biopharma, the post holder will lead and manage a specialist GMP analytical chemistry/biochemistry laboratory to provide compliant testing of licensed pharmaceutical products; plus validation of analytical methods and expert support and advice to GMP product teams. This position will lead approximately 10 staff consisting of a Senior QC Analyst, QC Analysts, and QC Technicians performing essential analysis on Biopharmaceutical products including raw materials, in-process, product release and stability testing. This position will also require the post holder to support a QC shift Rota (2 weeks late shift, 6 weeks normal shift) for QC in-process testing, and is inclusive of a 7% shift allowance.
  • Key responsibilities
  • The successful candidate will be joining the Quality Division, who are responsible for performing chemical and biochemical testing to ensure that the manufactured product is safe, efficacious and fit for patient use as a pharmaceutical material.
  • To operate the QC Analytical Services Laboratory in compliance with Porton Biopharma’s safety policy and cGMP;
  • To manage and lead the QC Analytical Services Laboratory and to meet manufacturing deadlines;
  • Responsible for staff recruitment, appraisals and management to ‘Policies and Procedures’ documents. Planning of staff work schedules, resource management and costing work programmes;
  • Utilising technical skills to validate specialised chemical and biochemical tests procedures to internationally recognised regulatory guidelines. Conduct problem solving investigations to resolve issues affecting Pharmaceutical manufacture;
  • Train staff within the QC Analytical Services Department in laboratory techniques and Quality Management Systems to GMP requirements. Assist staff within QC Analytical Services Department with their ongoing development to aid their career and personal progression;
  • To ensure that clinical pharmaceutical products are tested from raw materials and in-process samples to finished products to demonstrate that they meet the specification prior to each batch release for administration to patients;
  • Sign off authority for Pharmaceutical batch release tests;
  • Review and approval of SOPs, Protocols and Risk Assessments;
  • Host audits both from internal and external parties;
  • Write and review OOS investigations and deviation reports.
  • Person Specification
  • Must have current, established right to work in the UK;
  • Degree, or equivalent, in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline;
  • Extensive experience in a relevant industry, and significant experience of working to GMP, or other similar quality standard;
  • Extensive practical knowledge of a broad range of analytical and/or biochemical techniques within a laboratory environment;
  • Significant management experience;
  • Significant experience of writing/reviewing controlled documents;
  • Knowledge of ICH Q3, Q5, Q6 & Q10;
  • Validation of analytical methods and stability studies to ICH Q1and Q2;
  •  Ability to manage a large team in an effective manner, prioritise workload and demonstrate progress;
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information, pre-empt and evaluate issues, and recommend an appropriate course of action to address the issues including statistical analysis and trending;
  • Experience using Quality Management Systems in the Pharmaceutical industry. PBL is an equal opportunities employer, celebrating and encouraging diversity of applications.Applicants applying for this role 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 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/.
  • 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.
  • For this unique opportunity to join our team and develop your biopharmaceutical career experience, please submit your CV and a covering letter. You should outline the skills and experience you have, which are relevant to the post for which you are applying. For more guidance on role requirements, please visit our website, portonbiopharma.com/careers, to download the Job Description.

 

To download the job description please click here