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Quality Assurance jobs in Guildford

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Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance (QA) is a vital function within all Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies.  Job titles within the QA area can vary a great deal across different companies, with titles including QA Associate, QA Officer, QA Specialist and QA Scientist, then progressing to QA Manager, QA Lead etc. The QA terms, especially at junior-to-intermediate level, are often quite interchangeable.

The QA team is typically responsible for ensuring that the quality standards and systems followed in the manufacture of drugs is in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and meets the specific quality standards laid out in the company’s Quality Management System (QMS). A QMS will include quality standards for internal audits, deviations, change controls, corrective actions, quality review reports, clean room monitoring, batch record review, and external documentation reviews.  

A pharmaceutical QA professional’s responsibilities will include analysing the production process of pharmaceuticals, identifying areas where errors prevail, root cause analysis, observing every activity,  monitoring the drugs being manufactured or packed for visible defects, testing the drugs (or at least interpreting the data from lab-based QC analysis), noting down observations gathered from the quality control process, and accepting or rejecting batches of drugs on the basis of samples (Batch Release). Quality Assurance teams will often be divided into different QA groups, with some more focused on batch record review while others are more involved in non conformance investigations and SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) updates.

Skills and Experience required for a career in Quality Assurance

  • Science degree (this is not always essential)
  • Experience gained in a GMP / ISO environment
  • QA processes and systems
  • Diplomacy
  • Batch record processing
  • Ability to multi-task

Salary Levels

QA salaries can vary enormously depending on what specific duties the person will be undertaking. If the role is a relatively entry-level or administrative one, focused on batch review or entry and processing of QA documents / data, salaries could be in the £18k - £24k range. Salaries can then increase steadily once you start to specialise in a particular area, especially if this means getting involved in hosting / conducting internal or external audits, continuous improvement initiatives, team leadership, or training. QA offers a varied and interesting career path and you could earn up to £40k in a non-management role and significantly more than this once you are in a management-level position.

Guildford

Guildford is a large and attractive town located in Surrey in South East England, approximately 30 miles south west of London, 12 miles from Farnham, 10 miles from Woking and 22 miles from Horsham.  Guildford is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, has excellent rail links to London and easy access to the M25, M3 and A3, making it a very desirable place to live and work.  The Royal Grammar School, founded in 1509, was attended by John Derrick who, in 1597, made the first written reference to cricket being played anywhere in the world.  On Guy Fawkes Nights from 1820 – 1865 gangs of local men wearing masks and disguises would run riot, breaking into the houses of people who had annoyed them during the year, stealing their possessions and throwing them onto a bonfire.  These days Guildford is rather more peaceful and offers a wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs as well as the renowned Yvonne Arnaud theatre, several cinemas and riverside walks.

Famous people born in Guildford: Piers Morgan, journalist & TV personality and Tony Blackburn, DJ