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Pharmacist Interns

The Programme

To enable the Pharmacist Intern to apply in practice his / her theoretical knowledge and also to gain practical experience within a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. 

Practical application of legal and ethical aspects of professional practice. Broad understanding of all activities within a pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities required to produce pharmaceuticals.

Works under the professional supervision of a registered pharmacist whilst rotating through various departments and value streams across the Site.

What You Will Do

GMP & Compliances:

  • Works in manner that ensures products are manufactured to the required quality and compliance standards. 
  • Performs operational activities across Site following training, in compliance with applicable Pharmacy Act and Medicines Act requirements.
  • Complies with applicable cGMP requirements.
  • Assists in assuring the "In Place" and "In Use" status of GMP systems and procedures relating to the prevention of contamination, cross-contamination, mix-ups and maintenance of good documentation practices.
  • Assists in ensuring compliance to relevant GSK policy and SOP’s.
  • Liaises with the Production Pharmacist, Quality Assurance Manager and/or the Responsible Pharmacist regarding all product quality-related issues.
  • Supports continuous quality improvement by participating in Quality-related trouble-shooting, problem solving and root cause investigations.
  • Participates or completes additional activities including L1 Self Inspections, CAPA implementation, Change Control activities, etc as required.
  • Assist with inventory management and stock control of scheduled and unscheduled pharmaceuticals.
  • Assist with the training and mentoring of production personnel.
  • Participates in ZDP (Zero Defect Promotion) Program.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS):

  • Works in a safe manner & promotes safety on Site.
  • Required to take reasonable care for their own health and safety.
  • Carries out work in accordance with prescribed practices and procedures and in a manner that will not create health and safety hazards for either the employee or others in the workplace.
  • Complies with and enforces use of EHS SOPs at operational level.
  • Complies with and enforces regulations pertaining to dress code and safety equipment at operational level.
  • Participates in ZAP (Zero Accident Promotion) Program.


  • Assists in executing Operational activities in accordance with agreed supply plan. 
  • Assists with compliance related activities in order to deliver the production schedule.
  • Assists in supervising various stages of production.
  • Assists in completing batch documentation.
  • Assists in Line Clearance checks, Line Opening checks, etc.
  • Participates and may initiate trouble-shooting, problem solving and resolution of any obstacles in achieving agreed supply plan.
  • Assists in investigating reconciliation discrepancies or other quality problems. 


  • Perform all tasks and duties within the GPS framework.
  • Carries out relevant non-specific duties across the Site as requested.
  • Performs Administrative Activities e.g. day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Assist with collection, collation and maintenance of information and data.
  • Is an active team member by working cooperatively and effectively within the team.
  • Uses various computer systems in the execution of duties e.g. BPCS, email, Track Wise, etc.
  • Communicates well with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Matric.
  • Minimum of B Pharm or BSc Pharm.
  • Registered as a Pharmacist Intern with the South African Pharmacy Council.
  • No experience required.
  • Good Interpersonal Skills.
  • Good Organizational Skills.
  • Good Communication Skills.
  • Uses Initiative and is self motivated.
  • Excellent Numeracy and Accuracy Skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems.
  • Ability to work under pressure to deadline.
  • Ability to work overtime and shift work if required.
  • An understanding and knowledge of Good Manufacturing Principles.
  • An understanding, knowledge and applicability of the Regulatory (MCC) requirements within a manufacturing environment.
  • An understanding and knowledge of the Site and Value Stream's EHS and QMS requirements.
  • A detailed knowledge and understanding of various compliance procedures e.g. Line Clearance, Line Opening, etc.
  • A good understanding of the GlaxoSmithKline Production System, the GPS standards and its integrated approach.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft packages – Excel, Powerpoint & Word.
  • Balance the demands for supply with that of Regulatory, Quality & Safety requirements - see GSK Judgment Ladder.
  • Performs a variety of tactical routines, some of which are diverse, e.g. Line Clearance, Line Opening, etc under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist.
  • Independent Thinking - This position is highly governed by policy and procedures; however opportunity exists for independent thinking relating to improvement of processes and systems.
  • The job holder must be capable of using his own initiative, be progressive in approach and understand his/her limitations in terms of the Regulatory / QMS /EHS requirements.
  • Compliance with Pharmacy Act 53 of 1974 and Medicines & Related Substances Act 101 of 1965 requirements.
  • Comply to GMP, safety (product and personal) and relevant regulatory authorities.
  • Escalates problems due to poor performance on specific lines.
  • Job type:Internships
  • Disciplines:


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  • Locations:

    Cape Town (South

  • Closing Date:15th Dec 2018, 6:00 pm


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