- What we do
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Production Operator 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 Production Operator will be in receipt of a competitive benefits package, including:
This post is part of the team responsible for the fermentation, extraction and downstream processing of Erwinase as well as the manufacture of Anthrax Vaccine (AV).
As part of the manufacturing activities, the team is responsible for the preparation of required materials, solutions and equipment and the operation of a variety of production equipment. The team will work within an MHRA licensed manufacturing facility, consisting of several cleanrooms.
Day to day tasks also include maintaining the manufacturing cleanroom areas via specialist cleaning and disinfection procedures and monitoring the environmental conditions.
All activities are performed in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).
The team works across the manufacturing facilities based at the Fermentation Process Plant (FPP) and the Therapeutic Proteins Unit (TPU) or on the main site manufacturing the Anthrax Vaccine (AV).
This role is a flexible role working unsociable hours and on occasions night working as part of the contract during the production campaigns. Shift working during campaigns consists of Monday-Friday, on a rota of early, mid and late shifts and the expectation of the Production Operator role is to cover this shift pattern.
The role holder will need to be vaccinated against anthrax to allow them to perform their duties where required within areas where anthrax vaccine is manufactured and tested.
The above is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. You will carry out any other duties as may reasonably be required by the manager.
|Current, valid Right to Work in UK||☒||☐|
|A good standard of written and spoken English||☒||☐|
|Equality and Diversity|
|An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day-to-day working practices, but also in relation to management systems||☒||☐|
|GCSE Mathematics, English and Science||☒||☐|
|Educated to minimum of NVQ 2 level in a relevant subject, or equivalent level of qualification, or significant equivalent previous proven experience||☒||☐|
|Knowledge and Experience
Experience as defined by type/level (not length)
|Experience of working in a manufacturing environment, cleanroom or related industry||☐||☒|
|Experience of working to deadlines or schedules||☐||☒|
|Experience of following written procedures||☐||☒|
|Experience of keeping clear and accurate records||☒||☐|
|Knowledge/understanding of GMP||☐||☒|
|Experience of operating specialised equipment||☐||☒|
|Experience of training staff||☐||☒|
|Skills and Capabilities|
|Good communication and interpersonal skills||☒||☐|
|Ability to work effectively as part of a team||☒||☐|
|Accurate and clear record keeping skills||☒||☐|
|Flexible approach to work||☒||☐|
|Ability to work on own initiative and organise own workload with minimal supervision, working to tight and often changing timescales||☒||☐|