Thursday, 28 December 2017

Microbiology Internship Opportunity at GSK 2018

At GSK, our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Our three world-leading businesses research and deliver innovative medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. We need a talented and motivated workforce to deliver against our strategy. To achieve this, we strive to attract the best people and to create an environment that empowers and inspires.


Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • Tests all samples for compliance to microbiological attributes as per Product Specification or as per pertinent system SOP (for facilities, personnel, etc.).
  • Prepares media and performs growth promotion testing as required.
  • Deals with testing of large variety of product types and samples..
  • Performs microbiological monitoring Non-sterile production areas, personnel and products.
  • Interacts with Value Stream Management on matters related to operational & product microbiological quality and provides advice, guidance & training as required by Manager.
  • Adheres to GLP, GPS, 5S and EHS standards..
  • Performs validation activities pertinent to Micro. Lab, systems, as directed by Manager.
  • Carries out analysis of Cleaning Validation samples.
  • Key Performance Area Key Performance Indicators
1. Compliance - analysis
Tests all product samples for compliance to microbiological attributes as per product specification.
Tests utility and environmental samples for compliance to pertinent system SOPs.
1.1 Samples and tests raw materials and products as per SOP and specifications.
1.2 Samples and tests utilities as per system SOPs and test program.
1.3 Performs environmental monitoring in all areas (Non-sterile production areas and support areas) as per SOP and test program.
1.4 Enumerates and identifies microbiological organisms as per SOP requirements.
1.5 Ensures that applicable SOPs are followed and required records are completed.
1.6 Examines samples critically.
1.7 Records results as per GLP requirements.
1.8 Reviews results for accuracy and reports any anomalies or non-conformances to Manager.
1.9 Implements OOS procedure where necessary.

2. Compliance GLP & QMS
Complies with the requirements of Good Laboratory Practice and the requirements of the applicable GSK QMS Policies..

Supports the value streams.
Supports cleaning validation and process validation activities.
2.1 Ensures cleanliness of working and surrounding area.
2.2 Ensures preparation and storage of reagents as per SOPs.
2.3 Prepares media and performs growth promotion testing as per SOP.
2.4 Ensures that reagents and supplies are ordered timeously, by notifying person ordering consumables with enough time to ensure arrival before depletion.
2.5 Ensures that SOPs in use are current and notifies the Manager of any out-of-date procedures.
2.6 Verifies the calibration status of equipment as required by the Manager.
2.7 Performs maintenance of equipment as required by the Manager.
2.8 Completes appropriate equipment logs after usage, verification and maintenance contemporaneously.
2.9 Assists with the validation of equipment and systems as required by the Manager.
2.10 Performs system monitoring (eg. Room pressures) and completion of appropriate logs as required by the Manager.
2.11 Performs area inspections (L1 audits - self inspections, 5S, EHS) as required by the Manager.
2.12 Ensures that laboratory waste is timeously removed as required by the Manager.
2.13 Interacts with value stream management on matters related to operational and product microbiological quality. 
2.14 Provides advice, guidance and training as required by Manager.
2.15 Carries out microbiological tests for cleaning validation and process validation purposes.
2.16 Participates in the Zero Defect Promotion (B2B) to promote a good quality culture.

3. EHS
3.1 Complies with EHS standards and guidelines and Site EHS SOPs.
3.2 Complies with SOPs wrt safe use of chemicals/reagents, glassware, analytical procedures and the use of PPE.
3.3 Participates in the Zero Accident Promotion (B2B) to help promote safer working conditions

4.GSK Production system
Partakes in continuous improvement activities to ensure GSK meet the organisational goal of Zero Accidents, Zero Defect and Zero Waste
4.1 Participates in projects to continually improve processes – Lean Lab, OE.
4.2 Initiates or participates in projects to continually improve processes through the application of the GPS standards to everything we do.
4.3 Assists with the delivery and achieving the GMS goal of Zero Accidents, Zero Defect and Zero Waste goal on site.
4.4 Participates in “visual factory”, incorporating 5S


Basic qualifications: 
  • Tertiary qualification required - B.Sc.
Location: Western Cape 

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