Quality Assurance Specialist
Responsibility for carrying out tasks pertaining to compliance and product quality. The QA specialist will to partner with relevant departments to ensure that key quality systems/metrics are operated and maintained in a compliant manner.
The QA specialist should partner with site functions and their customers on related Quality activities including regulatory compliance, technical, systems and reporting. This can include but is not limited to material /component/batch disposition, documentation management and approval of product record reviews, investigations, complaints, change controls, audits, quality agreements, stability, validation , supplier management and regulatory documentation.
This job description is designed as a combined list of the general tasks expected of a QA specialist. Personnel may be asked to perform some or all of the tasks listed as required by their functional area. The contents of this document are not intended to be exhaustive and additional duties as may be directed by the QA Lead.
• Ensure compliance with cGMP, corporate standards/Pfizer Quality System (PQS), site policies/procedures, regulatory requirements and industry standards.
• Partner closely with customers and stake-holders to understand and deliver on all records within timelines and escalate when necessary.
• Participate in cross functional teams as required to provide consultative support on quality related issues. Provides support with investigations and resolution of discrepancies e.g. Method 1 etc. Assures completeness in terms of root cause, action taken, and CAPA.
• Authors, tracks, review for adequacy: procedures, investigations, commitments (Regulatory Agency, investigation, audit, etc), change controls, forms, logbooks, protocols and reports etc.
Annual Product Record Reviews (APQRs).
• Facilitate creating and maintaining the schedule for completion of APQRs
• Work with areas / subject matter experts to ensure timely evaluation, review and approval of PRR chapters and compilation of final report.
• Review, compile and maintain all procedures and supporting documentation associated with the PRR process
• Ensure that operational instructional documentation (SOPs and batch records) are up to date, compliant, and supports efficient production.
• Perform completion of batch disposition packs including review of batch records and event/investigation reporting within required timelines. This includes identification of discrepancies and ensuring all steps have been performed and verified, that all limits and specifications have been met.
• Generate and provide Board of Health protocols and support related market release activities
• Work with site QPs to ensure timely issue resolution to final disposition.
Changes/New Projects/Periodic Evaluations
• Support the introduction of new products.
• Provide guidance to cross-functional, multi-departmental project teams on quality regulations for Commissioning/Qualification/Verification strategy and approach.
• To review and approve qualification/verification protocols/reports, procedures, specifications, validation deviations and project validation/plans as required.
• Review/approval of technology documentation including cleaning and process validation plans, protocols and reports.
• Support the timely release of equipment, utilities, facilities and computer systems following execution of test protocols.
• Key member of Quality Risk Management and Operational Excellence to improve efficiencies and to promote continuous improvement. Identify and Implement Continuous Improvement opportunities.
• Ensure that change controls and automation change requests are compliant with applicable procedures and maintain the validated state.
• Co-ordinate and Assist with the analysis and investigation of customer complaints
• Utilize both Corporate and local systems for management, investigation and reporting of customer complaints
• Ensure all complaints are closed within specified timeframes
• Facilitate creating and maintaining the schedule for completion of Annual Stability Program.
• Initiates, authors or assists in out of specification investigations
• Key role in participating in Stability Review Board (SRB) process.
• Manage the Reserve/Retain samples management program
Raw Material/Component/CPA Compliance
• Ensure site BSE/TSE status is maintained current
• Oversight of vendor investigations.
• Approval of GMP documentation in support of raw material testing
• Provide oversight to ’use of material at risk’ process.
• Packaging Component Quality
• Quality oversight on vendor performance management and vendor certification program for packaging component suppliers
Supplier Quality Management
• Preparation of Supplier Quality Agreements in conjunction with supplier quality management teams.
• Liaising with business and purchasing as part of the supplier sourcing and assessment process
• Preparation / approval of supplier qualification packs
• Maintenance of supplier status on SMS
• Monitoring / reporting on supplier qualification metrics to meet re-evaluation requirements, including escalation of supplier quality issues / adverse audit findings
• Liaising with corporate to meet all requirements for Legacy plans / ongoing system maintenance
• Assist in the generation of the Supplier Audit schedule
• Review Supplier audit reports
• Act in an advisory capacity for all supplier audit related queries.
• Ensure inspection readiness in work completed.
• Carryout cGMP compliance area walk-throughs of Manufacturing Operations as required ensuring site is always audit ready.
• Support and participate in site self-inspections, internal audits, board of health audits and third party audits.
• Review and approve internal audit reports
• Conduct audits as per internal audit schedule
• Conduct Supplier audits as required.
• Liaise with MSQA to ensure all suppliers are audited as per the defined frequency
• Manage and maintain the Documentation System. Management of site archive, storage, retrieval and destruction processes.
• Act in an advisory capacity on Documentation issues to site personnel.
• Assist in the development of training curricula and records for the QA Operations Group.
• Assist in the creation and maintenance of up to date QA policies, SOP’s and reports.
• Provide training on Quality Assurance SOP’s as required.
• To stay current with all personal training requirements.
• Relevant Third Level Qualification or Equivalent (Exceptions may be considered where relevant skills/experience and correct attitude and behaviors exist (this may be supplemented by further education in parallel).
• Previous relevant Quality experience as detailed above in the job responsibilities section, within a QA GMP environment in a Pharma/Biotech company.
This is an initial 11-month contract