George Gray, our Deputy Quality Manager, recently received his Alumni of the year trophy from Edge Hill University. The award was earned through George’s work with Edge Hill’s Biology department to enhance the knowledge of the industry, thus boosting employability by helping students build links with employers in the commercial sector. As the university was unable to put on an award ceremony this year due to the pandemic, we made sure we gathered everyone in the UK office together to give George a proper presentation.
I caught up with George after the presentation to find out more about his work with Edge Hill University, and his career journey to date.
Can you tell us a little about you university experience?
I studied BSc Human Biology and I graduated in 2018. During my time at Edge Hill University, I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people, and I built great connections with the biology department.
Congratulations on your recently awarded Alumni of the Year, what did you do to be considered for the award?
Thanks! I am really happy to have received the award, it has pride of place on my desk at work! I worked closely with the biology department at the University to boost employability of students. I attended a lot of careers fairs and by doing this I networked with a lot of students which we then ended up hiring at Perfectus Biomed. I also connected with students that had graduated to enrol them into the company. These individuals have proven to be brilliant employees and have progressed their career through internal promotions with us.
What has been your Perfectus Biomed journey?
I was put forward by the Head of Department for a role at Perfectus Biomed and after a successful interview, was hired as a Method Validation Scientist. Not long after I applied for the role of Deputy Quality Manager, and was successful, this is my current role.
What does a normal day look like for you?
I work alongside the Quality Manager to maintain the company’s Quality Systems. I perform internal audits, oversee external audits, chair company meetings and trend data relating to internal processes – just to name a few! There is so much more that comes with the role.
What do you love about your job/ industry?
I love that there is so much variation in the day-day job, the Biomedical sector has such a plethora of innovations that make each week different and exciting.
What have been your highlights since joining Perfectus Biomed?
I have been fortunate enough to travel a lot since joining the company which has been a highlight for me. I’ve also developed my laboratory skills as well as Quality Assurance which is a completely new subject to me.
What advice would you give to people looking to start a career in science/ microbiology?
Give 100% at university and take advantage of the opportunities that are available. A lot of funding is accessible by universities that open a lot of doors for graduates post university.