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Senior Quality Assurance Specialist

Senior Quality Assurance Specialist

Job Title: Senior Quality Assurance Specialist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Stevenage
Industry:
Salary: up to £43,000 plus bonus and excellent benefits package
Start Date: 2020-02-17 00:00:00
Reference: 46085 - JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email: james.hume@nextphaserecruitment.com
Job Published: February 17, 2020 11:47

Job Description


Exciting 12-month fixed term contract for a Senior Quality Assurance professional to join a genuinely exciting and unique organisation involved in the manufacture of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products and Gene Therapies to treat cancer.
 
As a Senior QA Specialist, you will have leadership responsibilities within a growing QA team and have significant input into developing and maintaining a QMS for GMP facility that manufactures cell and gene therapies for clinical trials.  You will be leading a wide range of responsibilities such as the review and qualification (or disqualification) of starting material and critical raw material suppliers, including audits and desk-based reviews.  As well as continuous improvement, training, process and equipment validation, GMP license variations, Clinical Trial Authorisations, Drug product release and review of Batch Manufacturing Records.  As part of your day to day work, working autonomously with ownership of these functions.  In a leadership capacity where you will have the responsibility for more junior members of the team conducting self-assessment, deviation management including change controls, out of trend and out of spec, audits, raw material assessment, risk assessments and equipment and facilities validation.
 
The responsibilities listed here are some examples but not the full remit, with the Senior QA specialist being involved in the majority of day to day QA functions along with additional strategic responsibilities.
 
Experience: The successful candidate will have a PhD, MSc or BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Immunology or similar, combined with significant QA management experience gained in a commercial GMP / sterile Bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. A strong understanding of sterile operations and practices would be a strong advantage. You will need to have excellent people skills, the communication to communicate with colleagues and external partners at all levels, and first-rate organisational skills. Experience with MHRA and HTA inspections (either as a host or involved contract giver to a manufacturing site) is essential, as is having expertise in the manufacturing and testing procedures for advanced therapies.
 
The Company: A pioneering and ambitious Bio-pharmaceutical company who develop next-generation, programmed T-cell therapies to treat cancer. The organisation has existed for 4 years and is very well funded, with a clear strategy and expansion plan for the next 3 years and beyond. Scientifically, the company has extremely exciting technologies, using a broad suite of proprietary and modular T-cell programming to engineer precisely targeted, controlled and highly active T cells. Commercially, they have a pipeline of product candidates in development (for the treatment of haematological malignancies and solid tumours) and is increasing its GMP / sterile production capacity. Based in a state-of-the-art facility in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, you will join a team that is doing something genuinely meaningful.