Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on prevention of infectious diseases with significant unmet medical need. The Company has several vaccines in development, including unique vaccines against Lyme disease, COVID-19 and chikungunya. Valneva’s portfolio also includes two commercial vaccines for travelers. Valneva has operations in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the U.S. with approximately 580 employees.

An opportunity has arisen at Valneva Scotland for a QC Technician – Micro.

Job Summary

To undertake microbiological tasks and analysis for the release and monitoring of facilities, raw materials, intermediate and final product samples according to defined procedures and protocols, in accordance with regulatory requirements

Responsibilities

  • Execute microbiological procedures for testing of raw materials, intermediate products and final product samples, according to defined SOPs and protocols
  • Perform environmental monitoring of cleanroom areas as required, to support manufacturing processes and Facility Contamination Control (FCC)
  • Conduct all activities in a careful and safe manner and in full compliance with HSE requirements
  • Ensure that equipment, facilities and materials used in the QC laboratories comply with defined standards
  • Adhere to 5S working practices. Identify and implement areas for continuous improvement and escalate to Lab Manager
  • Immediately escalate and report any deviations to materials, facilities, processes or procedures to line manager
  • Maintain all QC systems, databases, logs and support the generation of QC trend data
  • Be accountable for QC areas being clean, tidy and well-organised and in a state of continuous inspection readiness
  • Ensure that all required training is complete in procedures performed and operate in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Actively contribute to the development and maintenance of an enthusiastic, supportive and collaborative environment within the team setting
  • Undertake any other duties in accordance with company requirements

Experience

  • Degree in biological sciences or relevant experience
  • Knowledge of GMP guidelines and regulatory body requirements
  • Experience of microbiological methods in a production-focused environment including but not limited to; Total Viable Count, Bacterial Endotoxin, Environmental monitoring, microbial identification and Growth Promotion
  • Experience in cell culture and virology assays desirable
  • Biologics / vaccine background ideal
  • Experience managing external relationships for effective delivery, e.g. vendors, test houses
  • Experience of Quality Management Systems
  • Experience of working to deadlines and managing conflicting priorities

Required Skills

  • Ability to organise, deliver planned schedules and work across QC, Process Development and QA
  • Experience of writing QMS documentation, e.g. SOPs, Deviations, Change Controls, CAPA desired
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to communicate at all levels within and outside QC
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