Charles River Laboratories Licenced Technician GEMS in Manston, United Kingdom

Licenced Technician GEMS

Req ID: 34682

Location: Manston, KEN, GB

For nearly 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Overall responsibility

To assist in the day to day welfare and maintenance of customer animal colonies within a GEMS production area, to include, breeding and stock, husbandry, animal arrival and packing procedures (will include occasional weekend work on a rota system).

Main duties/responsibilities

  • Contribute to and monitor closely the welfare of the animal colonies.

  • Water and feed the animal colonies.

  • Carry out routine husbandry and housekeeping i.e. clean the cages, the area and tools thoroughly and assist in isolator recycling following strict hygiene procedures.

  • Carry out weaning, sexing and identification, genotyping procedures.

  • Monitor and report on project production levels with GEMS project co-ordinators.

  • Perform Humane Killing for welfare and colony management.

  • Preparation of orders.

  • Pack orders accordingly to customers’ request.

  • Able to follow customer colony maintenance instructions accurately.

  • Record required data as per procedures.

  • Complete forms, cage cards and any other paperwork/data timely and accurately.

  • Provide cover for other members of the team as and when necessary.

  • Participate in training sessions as and when necessary and actively identify and utilise training opportunities.

  • Contribute to continuous improvement.

  • Contribute to the maintenance of an efficient Quality Management System.

  • Ensure that all Health and Safety regulations are adhered to (including correct wearing of PPE), liaising with the H&S representative where appropriate.

  • Ensure a safe and tidy work area.

  • Carry out other reasonable duties that may or may not be related to the job as requested by Management.

  • Must at all times adhere to the Company’s Equal Opportunities Policy in the planning and execution of their duties.

Qualifications and Knowledge

  • Essential: Education to degree level or equivalent. To include; Animal technician Level 2 or other animal related qualifications (e.g. IAT or diploma in Animal management/care)

  • Desirable: .Good understanding of Home Office and accreditation (e.g. AAALAC) guidelines. Home Office personal licensee training Modules 1-3 and Personal Home Office License previously held

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.

  • Accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Ability to communicate clearly with other members of the team and GEMS project co-ordinators.

  • Good personal organisation.

  • Ability to follow detailed instructions.

  • Numeracy.

  • Basic computer literacy.

  • Ability to fill in forms/data accurately.

  • Ability to multitask.

  • Flexible attitude and willingness to acquire and learn new skills, new knowledge and new ways of working.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Commitment to excellence.

  • Patient and courteous.

  • Ability to work under strict hygiene and bio-security conditions

Other requirements

  • Must have own means of transport or a reliable means of making own way to work.

Salary: £16,000

Benefits: pension plan, life assurance, bonus, career development, training opportunities, free onsite parking, subsidised staff room, pay for participation on volunteer days, on-site team building, charity fundraising days, employee engagement programs.