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QC Microbiology Analyst I

Job Introduction

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

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 

The ideal candidate for this position will have previous experience in the Quality department of a pharmaceutical or medical device company. The QC Microbiology Analyst I conducts qualitative and quantitative microbial analyses in support of product release, stability programs, and incoming raw material release.

Role Responsibility

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

  • Perform antibiotic microbial assays, USP <81> Microbial Assays – Antibiotics, cylinder-plate and turbidimetric test methods.
  • Perform Microbial Limit Testing such as Total Aerobic Microbial Counts, Total Yeast and Mold, and Objectional Organisms.
  • Perform microbiological testing procedures in support of routine testing, stability protocols, raw material qualification and other studies as needed.
  • May perform environmental monitoring which includes continuous monitoring of air quality and environment integrity.
  • May perform sampling and bioburden testing of in-process, Purified Water, and City Water samples.
  • Perform review of test data by applying Good Documentation Practices (GDP).
  • Participate in validation troubleshooting microbial assays or equipment including proactive resolution of instrument issues.
  • Documentation of results in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Ensure laboratory area is maintained in a cGMP state at all times while following all EHS and 5S guidelines.
  • Maintain data integrity and ensure compliance with company SOPs and specifications, FDA, GLP, QSR, and cGMP regulations.
  • May revise SOPs and assist in the creation and editing of protocols.
  • Assist with completion of Corrective and Preventative action plans.
  • Assist with conducting training of Analysts.
  • Assist with deviation investigations, utilizing applicable problem-solving tools.
  • Assist with execution of validations for lab equipment, lab methods, or facility projects.
  • Participate in maintaining laboratory material inventory.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

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 keen to hear from those who have/are:

  • BS in Microbiology, Biochemistry or a related discipline is preferred
  • One year experience in pharmaceuticals or biotech is preferred
  • cGMP/cGDP experience
  • Microbial Limit Testing experience
  • Aseptic Techniques experience
  • Pipetting Techniques experience
  • Media Preparation experience

Candidates for this role must be able to:

  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Lift up to 25 lbs.

This is a full-time on-site position. The candidate must be available to work extended hours as needed to meet deadlines, including weekends from time to time.


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 competitive salary packages for 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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