Grifols Shared Services North America, Inc QC Microbiologist in Los Angeles, California
Do you want to join an international team working to improve the future of healthcare? Do you want to improve the lives of millions of people? Grifols is a global healthcare company which, since its foundation in Barcelona in 1909, has been working to improve the health and well-being of people all over the world. Our four divisions - Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital and Bio Supplies - develop, produce and market innovative medicines, solutions and services in more than 100 countries and regions.
Responsible for performing material handling functions to support all internal and external customers in an accurate and timely manner. These functions include but are not limited to shipping and receiving, material stocking, material issuance, cycle counting, inventory reconciliation, chemical/biohazardous waste handling, product handling in temperature-controlled environment, general housekeeping, and maintaining accurate clerical records in a GMP-regulated environment.
Essential Job Duties:
Perform microbiological (AML) and endotoxin (LAL) testing on water samples, in-process product samples, raw materials, and environmental monitoring (EM) samples as directed by the laboratory supervisor or Senior Microbiologist.
Perform preparation of reagents, materials, and equipment used in microbiological testing in sterile environments, such as HEPA hoods.
Count colony forming units (CFU) on Petri plates.
Perform sterility testing on final products and raw materials.
Perform Growth Promotion and Biological Indicator testing.
Isolate and maintain pure microbial cultures from test samples.
Prepare and maintain frozen cultures of microbial isolates.
Perform various microbial identification tests (microscopy, genetic, biochemical, and/or morphological).
Maintain microbial identification database.
Compile and enter data into computer database (i.e. LIMS - Laboratory Information Management Systems) to be used for reporting and trending purposes.
Review test results against specifications.
Will share general responsibilities for laboratory equipment maintenance and calibration, housekeeping, and other lab support functions (e.g., inventory of consumables and reagents).
Maintain sample logs on a daily basis to ensure timely testing and tracking of all samples.
Maintain Instrument Usage and Calibration Logs based on instrument usage during the preparation and testing of samples.
Strict adherence to procedures and practices according to FDA regulations.
Strong emphasis on documentation according to FDA regulations.
Adhere to departmental corporate safety policies.
Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biology, or closely related scientific discipline is required.
Related experience in a pharmaceutical, GMP, or FDA regulated testing laboratory is preferred.
Requires a basic understanding of the fundamentals of microbiology, aseptic techniques, isolation and identification of molds, yeasts, and bacteria, as well as basic statistical analysis.
Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills with the ability to make structured decisions on a routine basis.
Must be proactive, results oriented, and have strong attention to detail.
Self-starter with strong work ethic and the ability to exercise good judgment.
Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks to meet targeted deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with personnel at all levels in a team environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language.
Computer literacy with proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Specific experience with LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) is preferred.
Must be flexible with working hours / shifts in order to accommodate the 24 hour, 7 day plant operation.
This job description is accurate at the date of publication. It is intended to provide information essential to understanding the scope and general nature of the work performed by job holders within this position. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. Other duties may be assigned and qualifications required may change over time.
Grifols is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, genetic disposition or characteristics, disability or veteran's status or any other classification protected by applicable State/Federal laws. We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
Req ID: 284967