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Merck Associate Director, Clinical Quality Assurance in North Wales, Pennsylvania

Job Description

In partnership with the Quality Assurance Lead (QAL), the Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS) will support the implementation and management of the Quality assurance strategy across multiple studies, and/or countries. The QAS will utilize audit and inspection intelligence and risk mitigation plans to assure adherence to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in conduct of clinical trials, the quality and integrity of generated data, and the rights and welfare of subjects/patients.

The QAS position is responsible for the execution of the global Quality Assurance (QA) audit activities on assigned studies/products/vendors/Country Offices (CO). This role is responsible for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and/or Pharmacovigilance (PV) oversight, and for assuring the compliance of studies with our Company's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), policies, and all applicable worldwide regulations and guidelines (e.g., United States FDA, European Union Directives, ICH, and National regulations).

This position is a remote working position, but if located near our Company’s office, there is opportunity to work both remotely and from our local office.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepares, conducts Quality Assurance (QA) audits, generates audit reports, communicates results to the relevant QA management and external relevant stakeholders (e.g., Clinical Operations), and interacts with various teams to ensure corrective and preventative actions are taken to bring QA observations to closure as applicable.

  • Activities may include GCP and PV routine and directed audits of investigator sites, country offices, vendors, regulatory documents and marketing applications, third-party collaborations and due diligence activities.

  • Will represent QA as single point of contact and provides QA guidance for oncology studies.

  • Serves as a member of project team with participation in the applicable forums, providing GCP compliance advice and guidance to customers, to achieve continuous quality improvement and effective quality controls.

  • Interfaces with relevant stakeholders, including regulatory, clinical and development sub-teams, as appropriate to provide Good Clinical Practice, Pharmacovigilance and QA expertise.

  • Contributes to the QA strategy and support s QA goals for the aligned studies/countries in a given Therapeutic Area (TA)/Region.

  • Proactively identifies analyses and leverages quality indicators and data to identify potential trends and risks to address and complete risk-based QA assessments and to support the implementation of associated risk mitigation strategies.

  • In alignment with risk assessments, supports the identification of audit substrate for scheduling, as appropriate.

  • In collaboration with the QAL, actively contributes to the quality management oversight, in the development of clinical risk assessments and quality oversight initiatives (quality plan, quality agreements).

  • Be able to analyze and leverage quality indicators and data to identify potential trends and risks and perform root cause analyses to enable principles of knowledge-based auditing within respective TA and/or region.

  • Support Significant Quality Issues management for assigned studies, including assessment of potential root causes and remediation (corrective and preventative actions. Ensures appropriate and timely escalation of quality issues, including potential misconduct or issues of significant deviation with projects/products, to the QAL and TA Head.

  • Interfaces and provides day-to-day support to applicable QA functional line to ensure appropriate quality oversight of assigned studies.

  • Participates in the development/enhancement of QA procedures, guidance documents and audit tools to ensure QA consistency globally.

  • Provide inspection management support as appropriate.

  • Assesses compliance of clinical investigator sites, vendors, study activities, clinical study reports and submission documents, and Country Offices (COs) processes against ICH (International Conference of Harmonization), applicable government agency regulations/guidelines, as well as our Company's policies, procedures and industry standards. The QAS should have a comprehensive working knowledge of Quality Assurance, regulations and auditing. Develops and delivers awareness sessions with minimal supervision on various GCP and PV topics internally and externally.

  • Acts as a strong technical resource and is called upon to resolve GCP/PV issues based on knowledge of relevant SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), GCP, PV regulations and guidelines as well as local regulations.

  • Promotes standardization of auditing approach within QA.

  • Routinely suggests new audit techniques/aids in areas of technical expertise.

  • Design and actively participate in special assignments on various project teams and work streams as determined by QA management.

  • Provides training and mentorship to less experienced members of QA staff.

  • Ensures the work climate/culture within QA, exemplifies our Company's Leadership behaviors.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • BS/BA degree in relevant area with 5+ years of experience working in pharmaceutical clinical trials.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • GCP QA investigator site audit experience and/or extensive experience working with investigator sites on clinical trials.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .

INVENT.

IMPACT.

INSPIRE.

NOTICE FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS

In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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We are an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Regular

Relocation:

No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:

Yes

Travel Requirements:

25%

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Remote Work

Shift:

Not Indicated

Valid Driving License:

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:

1

Requisition ID: R71638

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