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Bio-Process Technician (FTC)

Location: Athlone, Ireland Job reference: R-180114 Date posted: 09/15/2023

This is what you will do:

At Alexion Athlone, a new state of the art biomanufacturing facility has been constructed and added to our existing site.  We are building our team to create a manufacturing culture of excellence in everything we do. We will deliver on time for our patients with the highest quality product.

The Bio-Process Technician is a member of a high performing, empowered 24/7 shift team, responsible for executing  production according to schedule using MCS automation, completing paper batch records, SAP materials consumption, routine maintenance checks and continuous improvement of the work processes and environment.

You will be responsible for:

  • Bioprocess technicians will be trained and competent to independently perform all core production tasks in the areas of cell culture, media preparation, purification, buffer preparation and all ancillary tasks such as equipment preparation.
  • Bioprocess technicians will also develop and demonstrate individual specialisms as subject matter experts and are required to display technical leadership by acting as ‘Champion’ to drive improvements and excellence within specific aspects of the manufacturing operation within the shift team.
  • Responsible for execution of all tasks according to SOPs and batch records associated with the preparation for and production of Alexion products in cGMP environment ensuring full attention to detail and excellent documentation skills.
  • Assist with the investigation of and operations deviations through the QTS system, engaging with all relevant personnel and functions as appropriate.
  • Assist where necessary with the training of colleagues in SOPs, process execution and equipment operation.
  • Provide input into the creation and maintenance of area SOPs and batch records.
  • Where necessary assist in any Facility and Equipment start up and Validation activities. Provide input on equipment installation, start-up, operation and troubleshooting to support introduction of new products into sustaining operations.
  • Shift working is required.  The shift pattern may be varied according to business requirements and will typically require weekend working and periodic rotation between day and night shifts.

You will need to have:

  • Must  be able to work within and adapt to complex electronic systems such as process automation, SAP and Trackwise investigation system.
  • Must have in-depth knowledge of biotech manufacturing processes and their translation into documentation such as batch records and SOPs
  • Must be familiar with biopharmaceutical equipment and systems such as bioreactors, glass washers, media/buffer systems, and purification systems.
  • Knowledgeable of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and regulatory requirements.
  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Level 1 Entry level BSc. or diploma in a relevant vocational, science or engineering subject.
  • Level 2 Core Bioprocess Technician role.   Requires 3+ years’ external experience in a cGMP biotech or closely allied pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, or 1.5 - 2 years at Level 1 and demonstration of appropriate competencies.

We would prefer for you to have:

  • BA/BS in a scientific discipline or equivalent experience


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