Senior QA Specialist, Filling

Location:West Chester, Ohio, United States
Job reference: R-005345
Posted date: Apr. 06, 2017

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We're focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Senior Quality Assurance Specialist in West Chester, OH, you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives.

As the Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist you are responsible for all QA activities that directly support execution of the process both within the Process Execution Team (PET) and in assigned areas outside of the PETs. These activities may include, but are not limited to, batch release, change control and documentation, equipment and process validation, deviation investigations, SOPs, supplier management, distribution center management, and regulatory interactions.

Essential Job Functions:

At the senior level the incumbent will be trained and demonstrate some level of proficiency in all of the Essential Job Functions of the role. The incumbent must demonstrate a strong understanding of the technology area to which the individual is aligned. The incumbent will act as execution lead/process owner for one or more processes.

  • Maintains a high level of understanding of relevant production processes and quality systems
  • Performs the QA review and approval of the following GMP documentation that has direct impact on the activities performed by, and facilities utilized in their corresponding areas as applicable:

Change Requests

Batch Records and associated documentation

Product and Component Release transactions in SAP

Quality Investigations (Deviations, Product Complaints)

Validation Plans, Protocols and Reports

Standard Operating Procedures

  • Collaborates with and influences other Quality professionals across the organization to ensure consistent application and execution of key quality systems
  • Executes QA processes including batch record review, product disposition and quality issue resolution to maintain the flow of products and documents to meet site objectives
  • Interfaces with applicable site support groups on projects (capital and non-capital) that impact the PET/assigned area, and proactively ensures GMP compliance during the planning, execution and closeout phases of these projects
  • Collaborates with, and influences, other PET/assigned area members to facilitate process improvements and risk assessments; benchmarks internal and external QA practices to identify innovative efficient and effective practices
  • Stays abreast of evolving regulatory compliance practices and recommends implementation strategies to site leaders
  • Collaborates in data analysis and report creation on quality metrics and key performance indicators
  • Strong collaboration between other areas to ensure consistent application of quality systems / processes across the site
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance from management
  • Influence in team and project meetings, advising project teams with respect to quality solutions and potential new approaches for consideration
  • Demonstrate Leadership Capabilities with consistent strong demonstration of the target Skills and Competencies listed below
  • Training and mentoring of junior members of the QA organization and providing QA coaching to other non-QA employees within the area supported
  • Strong performance history of consistently meeting or exceeding expectations
  • Holds Others Accountable: Holds other accountable for high standards and clarifies what needs to be accomplished, why, and the consequences for the

A large proportion of the work will be performed in the production environment where appropriate gowning standards need to be followed

The shift for position is Monday-Friday, 6p-230a

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong ability and motivation to learn
  • 5 years' experience in either the pharmaceutical industry, an operations environment or Quality Assurance
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of cGMPs and Quality Systems and the pharmaceutical supply chain environment
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to coach and mentor peers

Desirable Requirements:

  • Previous experience in a Lean, process-centric organization with emphasis on continuous improvement
  • Multi-site / multi-functional experience
  • 5+ years experience in Quality Assurance
  • Master's Degree in Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs
Next Steps - Apply today!

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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