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QC Microbiologist

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Thanks for checking out our vacancy, we’re delighted you want to learn more about Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Dechra is a growing, global specialist within the world of veterinary pharmaceuticals. Our expertise is in the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of high quality products exclusively for veterinarians worldwide.

Here at Dechra, our values are embedded within our culture and thrive within our family of almost 2000 colleagues globally. From manufacturing to marketing, (D)edication, (E)njoyment, (C)ourage, (H)onesty, (R)elationships and (A)mbition are at the heart of our everyday operations and the way we do business.

The Opportunity 

  • Reporting to the QC Manager, you shall enhance practices and promote a culture which is consistent with cGMP, cGLP and Health & Safety within a pharmaceutical laboratory environment.


  • To undertake microbiological analysis and provide technical knowledge for the Quality Control department at Dechra Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing, Fort Worth, Texas.

Role Responsibility

So, what will you be doing? This role has a broad and varied scope and the successful candidate will have responsibility for duties including:

The QC Microbiologist functions includes but are not limited to:

  • Undertake the microbiological analysis of raw materials, intermediate bulks, finished products, stability samples, water samples and environmental monitoring within a fast-paced Quality Control environment.
  • Review the analysis completed by others, facilitate corrections / amendments, as necessary.
  • Identify and facilitate the update of methodologies and best practices.
  • Perform weekly water sampling and testing. Testing to include description, specific conductivity, TOC, total coliforms, and aerobic plate count.
  • Prepare media, keep track of microbiological inventory and organisms, use autoclave.
  • Initiate Anomalous reports, OOS forms, Deviations, Change Controls, and Effectiveness Reviews for related work.
  • Contribute to the development of the department and individuals through coaching, mentoring and formal training, as necessary.
  • Write, review and revise SOPs, as required.
  • Perform physical testing on QC samples.
  • Support the QC Manager and Chemists, as directed in the execution of their duties.
  • Abide by and champion the company’s values (Dedication, Enjoyment, Courage, Honesty, Ambition) in all aspects of the role, including interaction with co-workers and third parties.
  • In addition to the core responsibilities listed above, the jobholder may be required to perform other duties on an ad-hoc basis.


Key Performance Indicators


  • Local and departmental metrics are effectively managed and in control.
  • Responsibilities and accountabilities are fulfilled.
  • Behaviours are in line with the Dechra Values.
  • Delivery of personal and departmental objectives





  • Motivated
  • Coaching skills
  • Quality Conscious, customer-oriented
  • Proactive, result-oriented
  • Champion of GLP & GMP
  • Accurate, precise, and independent
  • Teamwork
  • Communicative
  • Awareness and compliant with regulations
  • Problem Solving with Analytical Expertise

The Ideal Candidate

Here at Dechra we pride ourselves on being an inclusive employer and we embrace candidates from all walks of life. We’re particularly excited to hear from those who have/are:

Behaviours & Values:

(D) Committed to delivering excellence

(E) Enthusiastic and results driven

(C) Able to take calculated risks

(H) Honesty and integrity

(R) Team player

(A) Willing and able to go the extra mile




  • Precision and focus
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Effective and tailored communication
  • Problem solving
  • Pragmatism
  • Attention to detail
  • Sterile & Aseptic Technique




  • Educated to minimum BS level in a relevant scientific subject or possesses significant job-specific experience.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Ideally >1 years’ experience working with microbiological techniques (inc. TAMC, TYMC, membrane filtration, microscopy) in a pharmaceutical GMP environment.
  • Awareness of GMP regulations for products produced, tested and marketed within the UK, EU and US.
  • Familiar with environmental, health & safety, regulatory and company standards
  • Computer literate, with an attention to detail (inc. formatting) and clarity


About the Company

As a people first values-based culture, we provide free weekly wellness sessions focused on our employee's physical and mental wellbeing, and flexible work arrangements. We offer a generous employer 401k match and an employee stock purchase plan for long-term financial wellness. Our full array of health, financial and voluntary benefit programs are what you would expect from a recognized Best Place to Work.

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

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