Senior DevOps Specialist

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Site Name: UK - Hertfordshire - Ware
Posted Date: Oct 8 2019
Job Purpose The role provides full IT/Tech systems lifecycle and continuous improvement support for the GSK Ware pharmaceuticals manufacturing site. Systems cover areas such as Manufacturing, Technical, Engineering and Quality/Labs. The role requires a balance of business process acumen and technical breadth. The ability to operate in a flexible and agile way to drive efficiency and improvements is key. Deep experience gained via an IT background or demonstrated ability to quickly adopt new technical skills is necessary. This role is site-based and work-from-home opportunities will be very limited. The role has physical / hands-on requirements that necessitate the ability to: Frequently put on manufacturing gowning and personal protective equipment. Spend extended time on the manufacturing floor during systems deployments or troubleshooting exercises. Work extended hours when business needs dictate, sometimes during evenings, weekends and holidays. Potentially part of an on-call support rota Key Responsibilities Responsibilities are split between development activities and operations activities. Development (“Dev”) Focus: Lead full systems deployments / upgrades as well as coordination of feature releases for validated systems For legacy systems owned by the Ware Tech team, provide product strategy and leadership to ensure sustained component currency Manage vendor partnerships and relationships with non-Tech teams Identify and progress opportunities to improve systems, interfaces, business processes and performance by effectively exploiting technology to meet business objectives. Operations (“Ops”) Focused: Drive service optimization for Manufacturing products at a site level Provide 1st line support for Manufacturing Excellence products, managing operational issues to conclusion Manage site product instance configuration, monitoring & backlog demand. Quickly and professionally adapt priorities in a constantly evolving environment based on demand and value Manage local partnerships with Operations, Technical, Engineering & Quality organizations, ensuring appropriate governance of risk, quality and compliance Engage with site tiered accountability process and participate in Tech Performance Management processes Lead site aspects of archiving and decommissioning activities. Why you? Basic Qualifications: We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals: Bachelor’s degree in IT, engineering, computing, science or similar discipline Experience developing or maintaining GxP applications Application functional knowledge gained by developing or supporting MES/IT systems Strong experience with VFQ (Value Flow Quality) and/or Agile Methodologies. Demonstrated success using Lean Sigma and/or GPS processes to affect continuous improvement. Familiar with the concepts, standards, technology, tools, methodologies, processes, procedures, hardware, software and services in use for delivering information services. Preferred Qualifications: If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: Extensive experience developing or maintaining GxP applications Strong conceptual thinking, modelling, analytical, problem-solving skills and learning agility Strong interpersonal, communication, relationship-building, teamwork and influencing skills Experience in a manufacturing environment with a good understanding of manufacturing principles and practices and experience supporting Manufacturing shop floor systems Knowledge of Lab execution systems Holder of ITIL Foundation certificate Experience with Validated Computer Systems Experience with information protection / cyber security tools and protocols Experience with OPC and/or Automation systems Experience leading projects or holder of project management certification Experience in hands-on application programming / trouble shooting skills with one or more of the following: SQL query, Java, C+, Python, DAX. VFQ Level 1 certified (or similar) Why GSK? Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture. These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities: Agile and distributed decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk Managing individual and team performance. Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution. Implementing change initiatives and leading change. Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams. Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally. Developing people and building a talent pipeline. Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation. Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally. Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen. As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way. We’re open to all talent – whatever your gender, disability, marital status, religion or belief, age, race, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin. We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are. 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