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Supervisor, QC, Microbiology

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Baltimore County, Maryland, US
Closing date
Jul 19, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Energy, Biology
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Full time
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Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.


The Supervisor, QC Microbiology position supports the Quality Control group at Emergent BioSolutions Camden Campus to maintain process optimization and manufacturing activities. The Microbiology Supervisor is responsible for maintaining a safe and professional work environment. They will supervise the following activities in support of the Microbiology, Environmental Monitoring, and Utility testing programs, which includes microbiological product testing, monitoring of the manufacturing production space, and supporting quality initiatives. The individual may also conduct monitoring, testing, SOP generation and revision, investigation, and implementation of new microbiological programs as needed.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervise operational activities of laboratory personnel in an organized and efficient manner to prevent any delays in product release.
Assist Microbiology Manager with all day-to-day production issues as they arise.
Perform trend analysis for batch record turn around, deviations and OOS investigations.
Implement quality improvement initiatives and corrective actions.
Conduct microbiological qualitative and quantitative analyses of samples.
Investigate, suggest, validate and implement new laboratory procedures/techniques.
Provides expertise and troubleshoots microbiology related issues.
Review record keeping and documentation of laboratory equipment maintenance.
Review and update existing techniques, specifications, testing standards and SOPs or write new documents.
Supervise and provide significant contribution to the development and implementation of CGMP.
Document all procedures and results.
Represent department in meetings with Production, QA/RA, Engineering and other related departments in the absence of the Microbiology Manager.
Advise, recommend, and implement resolutions for quality issues and non-compliance.
Maintain database of laboratory data tracking and trending.
Ensure that all equipment is fully calibrated and validated.
Work with the Microbiology Manager to author Microbiology related deviations, CAPA, OOS and OOL investigations.
Assist Method Validation in validation report generation and review.
Identify and recommend equipment, supplies and vendors for microbial analyses.
Guide the professional development of supporting staff both as individual and as a group.
Participate in interviewing process for hiring supporting staff.
Participate and attend professional seminars, conferences and conventions.

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects managements assignment of essential functions.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.
Technical/Professional Knowledgehaving achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas, keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
Delegationthe individual delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations and monitors delegated activities.
Leadershipthe individual inspires and motivates others to perform well and accepts feedback from others.
Safety and Securitythe individual observes safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly. May be required to lift items that are approximately 25lbs.
Management Skillsthe individual includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; makes self-available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; and develops subordinates skills and encourages growth.
Quality Managementthe individual looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Planning/Organizingthe individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
Stress Tolerance maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
Desired Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience:
B.S. in Microbiology/Biology or related field with a minimum of 5 years experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry and 2 years experience in a supervisory/leadership role. OR an M.S. with minimum of 3 years experience including 1 year in supervisory/leadership role.
Emphasis in aseptic processing, QC microbiology, environmental monitoring, water systems, quality control, validation and manufacturing processes is essential.
Must have previous hands-on experience with microbiological methods such as Bacteriostasis and Fungistasis, Enhancement and Inhibition, LAL, Sterility, Bioburden Testing.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Competent in the use of various computer programs of MS Access and Excel.
Excellent communication, documentation and organizational skills.
General knowledge of FDA regulations pertaining to cGMPs.
Note: The responsibilities and tasks outlined in this Job Description are not exhaustive and may require other duties as determined by the needs of the company.


Successful applicants for this position that are required to be onsite at any Emergent site at any time, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to legally required exemptions.

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce. Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Information submitted will be used by Emergent BioSolutions for activities related to your prospective employment. Emergent BioSolutions respects your privacy and any use of the information submitted will be subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy .

Emergent BioSolutions does not accept non-solicited resumes or candidate submittals from search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions approved agency list. Unsolicited resumes or candidate information submitted to Emergent BioSolutions by search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions approved agency list shall become the property of Emergent BioSolutions and if the candidate is subsequently hired by Emergent BioSolutions, Emergent BioSolutions shall not owe any fee to the submitting agency.


Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actionswhether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the communitywe strive every day to achieve this shared goal.

  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
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    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Own it always
    • Every person at Emergent is engaged and accountable for delivering on our commitments.
  • Compete where it counts
    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.
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