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Title:  Lab Associate, Kinston

Requisition ID:  52171
Date:  Jul 23, 2022
Location: 

Kinston, North Carolina, US

Department:  Laboratory
Description: 

 

 

Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.

 

At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.

 

Job Summary:
In this role you will perform all required routine testing (Bioburden Silicone, Particle, Endotoxin) to support product release, including water testing, environmental monitoring. Support other laboratory functions as needed

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1.    Perform product release routine testing including, but not limited to, bacterial endotoxin, bioburden, particulate and silicone testing, etc.
2.    Perform routine testing to support the plant functions including but not limited to environmental monitoring in Clean Rooms, water testing etc. 
3.    Perform incoming testing for materials, including growth promotion testing in culture media and incoming test for Biological indicators.
4.    Experience with working in ISO Cleanrooms (Gowning and Monitoring)
5.    Prepare and update controlled forms, SOI’s and general lab documentation
6.    Prepare trends and technical reports based on data with guidance from Lab Management
7.    Participate in lab projects such as Method transfers, verifications, validations and equipment qualification
8.    Isolate and maintain cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms for future study and perform Microbial Identification.
9.    Support the Lab Supervisor and Lab Manager in internal, corporate and customer audits 
10.    Be willing and able to work as a team member to ensure continuous improvement relative to laboratory functions
11.    Participate (or assist) in identification, investigation (OOS’s) and resolution of problems in the lab
12.    Develop ability and competence with analytical techniques
13.    Act in accordance with the company’s Guiding Principles and adherence to the corporate Code of Conduct
14.    Compliance to all local site Environmental Health and Safety regulations and contribution to Improvement of Safety in the Laboratory
15.    Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
16.    Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Education and Experience:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology or Science related discipline.
•    1-3 years of professional experience in a lab environment or similar role 


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•    Background in Microbiology/ Particulate testing 
•    Proficiency in English, additional languages are a plus
•    Background in cGMP related industry  
•    Strong competence in IT
•    Good verbal and written communications skills
•    Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description 
•    Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target 
•    Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
•    Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times. 

 

Physical and Mental Requirements 

 

Physical requirements:
o    Use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms (repetitive motions for long durations of time).  
o    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 
o    Employee may be required to lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) without assistance

 

Mental Requirements:
o    Ability to learn, understand, and remember normal tasks.
o    Ability to hear, speak, and understand conversation in English in a normal tone of voice.
o    Ability to see and read letters, numbers, characters, or symbols and identify colors.
o    Must maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations. 
o    Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize. 
o    Must also be able to maintain confidentiality and resolve conflicts. 
o    Ability to make independent and sound judgments.
o    Use written and oral communication skills
o    Read and interpret data, information and documents
o    Analyze and solve problems
o    Complex arithmetic reasoning
o    Observe and interpret situations
o    Learn and apply new information or new skills
o    Work under deadlines with constant interruptions
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to Apply.Accommodation@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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