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Senior Manufacturing Technician

Job Introduction

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

Dechra are 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

To drive towards achieving the production planned on a daily basis.

To assist and cover the supervisors in the absence of supervision.

To take responsibility for the equipment used and ensure all aspects of use (set up, production, strip down and cleaning) are carried out to a high standard, in line with associated documentation and GMP procedures.

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:

  • Manufacture product to high standard ensuring the quality of those products is in accordance with the set GMP standards and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Support a compliance culture within operations, ensuring all team members adhere to SOPs and other documents, and comply with their individual responsibilities to GMP.
  • Attend and comply with any planned in house training or on the job training.
  • Capable and willing to train others in the team.
  • To ensure the efficient and safe use of plant and equipment and supports with completion of Risk Assessments.
  • To keep strictly to documented manufacturing methods and raise any issues or errors with the Manufacturing Supervisors or Manager.
  • To ensure all equipment is clean and maintained in good working order and where deficiencies are found informing the Manufacturing Supervisors or Manager of any faults.
  • Maintain the highest standards of housekeeping, cleanliness and personal hygiene within the department.
  • Support and guide the team making routine decisions regarding safety and GMP and notify the Manufacturing Manager, Supervisor, as a matter of urgency, if there has been any serious failure of safety or GMP which could affect staff safety or product quality.
  • To identify any issues and proactively resolve these using prescribed techniques and escalating if it cannot be resolved.
  • Role Model Operational Excellence incentives to drive and improve efficiency and challenge existing processes and behaviours, raising new ideas to improve the current norm.
  • Assists with QMS items including deviations, CAPAs, Change Controls and updating SOPs.
  • Supports with system transactions such as Oracle and checking of manufacturing documentation.
  • Takes on responsibilities such as Person in Charge and Fire Marshal.
  • Adherence to production schedule.

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:



Experience of low to medium volume manufacturing/packaging, manual/semi-automated manufacturing processes.


Proven ability to lead a team and drive change and improvement in that team.

Proven industry experience from a highly regulated GMP manufacturing/packing facility, either from the Pharmaceutical or similarly regulated industry/environment.



A working knowledge and practical experience of pharmaceutical manufacture, continuous improvement activities and ability to manage time and workload effectively.



Good knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety compliance.



Ability to communicate effectively with both peers and senior members of staff.


Package Description

Competitive salary and benefits including:

36 Hour Working Week + Every other Friday Off!

5 weeks annual leave + bank holidays

Option to buy an extra week's holiday each year

8% Employer Pension Contribution

Free access to Headspace App

Option to join Sharesave scheme

Employee Assistance Programme

On-site parking

About the Company

All applications received are reviewed by our internal talent acquisition team and we will get in touch if your skills and experience match what we’re looking for. Should you not hear back from us within 28 days please don’t be too disappointed – we may keep your CV on our database for any future vacancies which may be suitable and we encourage you to keep an eye on our careers site. For any questions or queries, please contact us at

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC


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