Part-Time Section Head Quality Assurance

LOCATION: Portsmouth   SALARY: Competitive   REF: ALS 2551

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Our client, a contract testing organisation, is looking for an experienced quality assurance professional to lead departmental and external audits, with responsibility for GMP compliance and training junior staff in GMP QA. This is a permanent role and a very exciting opportunity to work part-time in a senior role.

Currently the role would be covered across one to two days per week, with flexibility across days worked. It would suit a consultant who could commit to this time or a very experienced QA professional who is looking to considerably reduce working hours.

Essential Requirements:

  • Excellent GMP compliance with experience across multiple scientific projects.
  • Suitably qualified/experienced for this level of responsibility in scientific research.
  • Proficient in ISO 9001 with either manual or automated experience in QMS.
  • Demonstrable experience leading internal and external audits.
  • Good leadership capabilities.
  • Capable of providing sound advice on relevant quality matters.
  • Confidence in client-facing responsibilities.
  • Able to manage and prioritise own workload effectively.
  • Promotes a positive, cohesive, team-orientated environment.
  • Experience in in vivo toxicology is desirable but not essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Undertake the role of GMP Champion within the department, promoting quality management tools and coordinating best practice across the company.
  • Ensure all relevant studies are carried out in compliance with GMP.
  • Carry out quality assurance training to junior QA Officer.
  • Ensure departmental work meets internal quality assurance documentation and accepted published guidelines or sponsor protocols.
  • Provide quality assurance support to departments and clients.
  • Lead inspections of departments for compliance with GMP or other quality standards.
  • Host internal and external inspections, regulatory and clients, reporting to appropriate personnel.
  • Maintain the Company’s supplier approval procedures, inspecting vendors and sub-contract. laboratories for approved supplier status.
  • Enforce quality assurance review of change control documents, investigation reports associated with non-conformance/out of specification and any associated CAPA.
  • Conduct activities in accordance with site documents for H&S and quality systems.
  • Review regulatory updates including USP/EP and ISO.
  • Manage any DIRA reviews and process maps across the company.
  • Supervise collation of data for the preparation of reports and for compliance with Quality Procedures for work performed in the department.

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