Senior Microbiologist - Cosmetic - ISO17025 - GBP25k-GBP30k -Dorset

25000.00 - 30000.00 GBP Annual + GBP25000 - GBP30000/annum
11 Apr 2017
26 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Microbiologist - Cosmetic - ISO17025 - GBP25k-GBP30k -Dorset - GMP

A leading manufacturer of specialist cosmetics and toiletries requires a Senior Microbiologist to join its R&D headquarters in Dorset. You will be an experienced microbiologist with significant experience gained within the cosmetic, pharmaceutical or food & drink industry. As senior microbiologist you will have the confidence to work independently and supervise junior team members.


*To protect customers and the brand by ensuring all goods released for sale meet the necessary microbiological quality standards and comply with all relevant legislation
*To manage their team to ensure all members are operating as efficiently as possible, and that an ethos of continuous improvement is driven through the team

Role Responsibilities:

Quality Control:

Microbiological testing of incoming materials, manufactured bulks and finished goods.

Investigation into contamination issues.

That all testing, inspection and record analysis processes are carried out as prescribed and that regular review of processes is carried out for continuous improvement.

Advise on cleaning validation protocols.


Ensure samples are tested in a timely manner.

Ensure that all testing equipment is used and calibrated in the appropriate manner.

Advise Head of Quality on capex requirements for the laboratory to enhance and improve service and testing quality.

Train staff in sampling, swabbing and testing methodologies.


Ensure compliance with internal quality system requirements to ISO 17025 standards.

Ensure compliance with all externally audited systems including ISO 22716, MHRA, FDA, GMP and HACCP.

Assist Head of Quality with audits from external bodies and feedback reports relating to those audits.

Assist Head of Quality with corrective and preventative action plans.


Carry out GMP audits internally and at suppliers/third party manufacturers

Product development:

To carry out challenge testing for the development team in accordance with ISO 11930

Continuous Improvement and Self Development:

To assist in ensuring that continuous improvement is driven throughout the team and the organisation.

To continually develop their own and their teams skills/performance.

Health and Safety:

To carry out necessary risk assessments.

To comply with H&S procedures.

To report H&S risks and hazards to the Head of Quality/H&S Representative.


*Experience within cosmetic (Preferred), pharma or food/drink FMCG industry
*Educated to degree level or equivalent in microbiology
*Knowledge and experience of QC/QA systems including ISO 9000, ISO 17025 and ISO 11930
*Experience of GMP requirements
*At least 5years experience in a similar role
*Able to demonstrate excellent organisational and analytical skills
*Excellent communication skills and written/spoken English
*Understanding of and empathy with values
*Confidence to work under own initiative, yet take direction well
*Able to plan and manage own time effectively
*Valid UK work permit allowing full time work