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Vice President Quality Assurance

Reference Number: 3721
Location: MA

Our client is a clinical research company. They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Vice President, Quality Assurance

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Leads Quality Assurance function. 
  • Builds overarching quality strategy for the company.
  • Represents Quality Assurance in company project meetings to ensure adherence to regulatory and compliance requirements.
  • Recommends solutions to complex quality issues and works closely with senior management to resolve significant compliance trends and issues.
  • Develops and implements processes, procedures, and systems to perform critical activities in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Manages audit program against GxP standards, FDA/EMA/ICH requirements, and other regulatory standards and ensures timely resolution of any identified issues.
  • Implements GCP Quality Assurance programs for clinical trials execution and reporting.
  • Quality management of CMOs, contract test laboratories and other vendor services to ensure compliance of manufacture and testing of product.
  • Establishes and maintains phase appropriate GMP compliance for product manufacture, testing, and stability; ensures appropriate review and assessment of production records, in-process and release testing methods, specifications, validations, reference materials and test results.
  • Manages Quality Assurance relationships with GMP service providers; work with CMO QA and technical teams to assess and resolve discrepancies, and noncompliance events to ensure the quality of the product through performance of thorough investigations and risk assessments. 
  • Reviews and edits Quality Agreements.
  • Provides quality input to project plans, master service agreements and statements of work.   
  • Reviews technical and study reports, CMC sections of regulatory submissions, pharmacy manuals, investigator brochures, study protocols and reports, as requested, for compliance with established standards, and regulations.
  • Ensures robust planning and execution of documentation for product release.
We seek candidates with the following qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in science, pharmaceutical sciences or related field, is required. Master’s degree or PhD, preferred.
  • A minimum 15 years of Quality Assurance experience is required.
  • A minimum 10 years of experience in GMP pharmaceutical development, manufacturing and testing is required.
  • Must have the ability to manage priorities, track progress of key projects, and provide updates to leadership.
  • Requires thorough knowledge of Phase 1 through Phase 3 product development.  Commercial manufacturing and/or large pharma experience a plus.
  • Must have technical knowledge of analytical method qualification, process validation and establishing product specifications.
  • Experience with personalized medicines and/or gene therapy preferred
  • Experience with outsourced manufacturing and testing operations with solid understanding of how to onboard new CMOs capable of producing complex therapies preferred
  • Must have experience working in compliance with US, EU and ICH GMP requirements.
  • Requires experience reviewing submission documentation, and responses to regulatory inquiries and inspections.
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate with teams, peers, management and external contacts.
  • Proven organizational and leadership skills.

If interested, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 3721.  No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.

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