Sterility Assurance Lead

£40k per year + +bens
03 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019
Client Recruitment Team
Contract Type
Full Time

“Do you want to work for an organisation that makes life-changing pharmaceuticals? 

If yes then read on…”

Our client is recruiting for a Sterility Assurance Lead to join their established QA team.  This is an exciting new position to support their company strategy and ensure that they continue to deliver an exceptional service to the business and their customers.

About you

They are looking for a self-motivated, energetic individual with a proven track record of working as a Sterility Assurance Lead within a fast-paced environment.  You should have 5 years + experience of working in a quality role such as Sterility Assurance or Microbiology. Thorough knowledge and experience of the principles of sterility assurance, quality system design, development and successful registration of GMP facilities, with excellent communication and organisation skills are essential for this role.

To undertake this role, you should have practical manufacturing experience and be able to demonstrate technical knowledge of aseptic manufacturing.  You should be able to work independently or as part of a team according to the demands of the job. The successful candidate must have good PQS system knowledge (deviations, CAPAs, change control, complaints handling) and awareness of current best practice and opportunities for improvement.

They are looking for someone who is a member or eligible to be a member of Royal Society of Biology.

What will be expected of you

As Sterility Assurance Lead deliver a safe quality aseptic manufacturing service to meet cGMP requirements and the needs of the business.

The Sterility Assurance Lead is responsible for leading the trending and review of environmental monitoring data; for coordinating and producing investigation reports and assessing CAPA action items.

The role will involve liaising with departments including QA, QC, Production and Warehouse, as well as visits to the aseptic processing facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To provide daily communication with Production Management and QA Management
  • To operate a system for trending all microbiology investigations and deviations and to report out this information on a weekly basis
  • To oversee investigations pertaining to sterility assurance and to support the closure of items.
  • To oversee CAPAs pertaining to sterility assurance and to support the closure of items.
  • To update documents and SOPs as required.
  • To input into continuous improvement initiatives.
  • To ensure that a timely and effective communication and escalation process exists to raise quality issues to the appropriate levels of management.
  • To participate in management reviews of process performance, product quality and of the pharmaceutical quality system.
  • To be part of the on-call rota

Secondary Duties

  • To undertake continuing professional development and attend any suitable training and update courses as deemed necessary and ensure a high level of competency is achieved.
  • To be responsible for the Approval for Use (release) of all products manufactured or repackaged within the group according to licensing requirements, GMP and professional discretion.
  • To support the training and development of Production and Quality staff.
  • To ensure that staff comply with COSHH and Health and Safety Regulations and appropriate departmental procedures.
  • To support the development of activities and policies aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the service and improvement of the quality management system.
  • To identify and implement best practice.
  • Other duties as required by the Head of Quality.


In return they offer rewards and benefits including:

  • Salary circa £40k per annum (dependent on experience, knowledge & skills)
  • 29 days paid holiday, increasing with service up to 34 days (including bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme (enhanced company contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Additional non-contractual benefits including free breakfast and outside gym

Nestled in the heart of the West Country with easy access to the World Heritage City of Bath, and with great transport links to London and private education you can experience an unparalleled quality of life in a company that also has a zero-carbon status. 

About the company

The Group operates within the pharmaceutical aseptic compounding, clinical homecare and laboratory services sectors, it includes over 300 people with a leading edge turnover greater than £190 million.

They have invested in a new, multi-million pound manufacturing facility and offices in Corsham, Wiltshire – offering an unrivalled opportunity in a successful and expanding company with a great team spirit.

How to apply

Please apply with a covering letter and CV detailing what experience, knowledge and skills you could bring to this role.

Closing date for completed applications is 21st October 2019. If you have been successful at shortlisting, you will hear back by 23rd October and interviews will take place w/c 28th October 2019.

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