Senior Specialist, Quality Assurance
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PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF POSITION:
The Quality Assurance Senior Specialist position plays a key role in supporting the cGMP quality operations for the Bothell Manufacturing Plant (Jump). Primary Responsibilities include the review of cGMP Controlled Documents such as SOPs, specifications, completed batch records, material disposition, and manages implementation of required changes to meet cGMP and internal standards. This role directly supports Jump’s release for infusion (RFI) timeline from the date of manufacture and will support all activities for routine clinical and commercial product release at Jump with an emphasis on supporting Manufacturing with a Quality perspective within a regulated cGMP environment.
This is a shift position. Current shifts available are:
Sunday - Wednesday 6:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday - Saturday 6:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday - Saturday 1:30pm - 12:00am
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Bachelor’s degree in relevant science or engineering discipline is preferred. Minimum of Associates degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- 5-8 years of relevant cGMP experience. Experience in FDA/EMA regulations in biopharmaceuticals or cell therapy manufacturing is preferred.
- Experience with use of complex research techniques and methodologies like six sigma and Kaizen to improve process/product quality is a plus.
- Hands-on experience with batch record review and product disposition.
- Knowledge of cGMP regulations and FDA guidance applicable to biologics and cell therapy manufacturing.
- Strong computer skills with Word and Excel and other electronic manufacturing systems.
- Detail oriented team player with effective planning, organization, time-management, and execution skills.
- Proven experience working on teams where combined contribution, collaboration, and results were expected.
- Must exercise accurate judgment and be able to evaluate information critically and decide upon appropriate course of action.
- Must be able to correlate events and determine the action plan required to avoid incidents recurrence and apply them.
- Extensive experience in Quality Assurance processes.
- Ability to work in a high paced team environment.
- Strong written and verbal skills.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Review executed batch records to ensure compliance with approved procedures and communicate and resolve discrepancies with manufacturing operators or supervisors.
- Conduct Quality on the Floor activities including quality walk-throughs of the production, testing and warehouse locations.
- Provide Quality support to Manufacturing personnel on the floor; provide guidance during GMP events and initiation of deviation investigations.
- Review deviations, product non-conformities, and GMP investigations to ensure adequate resolution and compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
- Act as QA Subject Matter Expert (SME) and support cross functional groups on root cause analysis and development of corresponding corrective and preventive actions.
- Support the batch disposition process by ensuring that all required documents are accurately and properly completed, including all batch related deviations.
- Oversee manufacturing operations during patient material receipt and drug product pack out.
- Own department events and minor deviations
- May support internal and external audits, including documenting observations and oversee implementation of corresponding CAPAs (Corrective and Preventative Action).
- Perform quality review and approval of standard operating procedures
- Train and mentor junior associates.
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WORKING CONDITIONS (US Only):
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; bend; stretch; use hands and fingers, with various manipulations; reach with hands and arms; and effectively communicate with others in the workplace, including the ability to make and promptly respond to audible cues and warnings.
- May Work in areas that may have strong magnets.
- May work in areas with exposure to vapor phase liquid nitrogen and other chemicals.
- Must be able to gown per requirements to enter manufacturing space.
- Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and other clean room garments daily. This may include, but not limited to safety shoes, safety glasses, aprons, face shields, lab coats, full body gowns, hairnets, gloves, and hearing protection.
The starting compensation for this job is a range from $75,000 - $95,000, plus incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility).
The starting pay takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and where the job is performed. Final, individual compensation is decided based on demonstrated experience.
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This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. The primary duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job. This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. There are other duties and responsibilities that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management.
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