Lilly Associate Director, QA Laboratory Operations in Branchburg, New Jersey
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Position Brand Description:
This position will provide guidance and direction for day-to-day quality activities ensuring GMP compliance supporting the laboratories. Examples of day-to-day activities include partnering with the business to resolve critical and/or complex compliance issues, ensuring procedures are aligned with global quality standards and regulatory expectations and are consistent across multiple business areas, assuring data integrity with paper based and electronic processes, oversees implementation of risk-based strategies, leading operational excellence initiatives including productivity and process improvements with significant impact to the quality organization and across the site, ensuring site is inspection ready at all times, interact with FDA and other regulatory/health agencies when necessary. This position represents QA in Laboratory forums, Quality Lead Team and other forums per the Lilly Manufacturing Standards for Operational Excellence. Additionally, this position develops staff, organizational plans, and defines yearly departmental objectives.
Manage for Results /Strategic Planning :
The following responsibilities apply to Quality Assurance respective to the specific area of oversight:
Promote a positive quality culture and oversee on-the-floor quality presence in the laboratories
Provide quality direction for complex business and operational issues or technical challenges. Remove barriers as they arise.
Oversee data integrity for paper based and electronic systems, including quality review of audit trail reviews. Ensure compliance with applicable Lilly global standards and regulatory guidelines (e.g. 21 CFR Part 11 related to computer systems).
Evaluate and approve change controls, risk assessments, excursions, and deviation investigations (e.g. OOS, invalid assays). Recommend CAPAs and ensure CAPAs implemented are effective. Ensure that quality system related changes/deviations are evaluated consistently.
Prepare laboratories for regulatory inspections. Host regulatory and business partner inspections/audits and coordinate inspection/audit responses and commitments.
Review/approve standard operating procedures, methods validations, specifications, protocols and reports, instrument acquisitions/decommissions, work orders, as applicable. Ensure processes are harmonized across multiple laboratories.
Serve as key quality resource in lead teams and/or other forums as required and provide compliance guidance to laboratories and other supporting business units.
Collaborate with cross-functional departments during planning and process/continuous improvement projects and initiatives to ensure timely completion (e.g. quality plans objectives and milestones).
Identify and lead process improvement projects impacting multiple business areas.
Provide quality oversight for analytical technology transfers to and from Lilly Branchburg facilities.
Oversee and monitor Quality metrics. Ensure data compiled is communicated in relevant forums and escalate compliance issues to Quality senior management.
Mentor, coach, and manage staff performance and development.
Plan, administer, and monitor the department budget.
BA/BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, or a sciences-related field, with a master’s degree preferred.
A minimum of 5 years technical and/or quality experience in the Biopharmaceutical industry, preferred.
A minimum of 2 years of management/leadership experience preferred.
A minimum of 5 years of previous technical and/or quality experience (i.e. laboratories) in a GMP regulated environment.
Requires technical knowledge/understanding of business linkages/drivers outside of own business area, the ability to make decisions guided by policies, and business plans that impact customer service and the work unit’s ability to meet performance objectives.
Influences internal/external customers and senior management, has the capability to identify and solve a range of organizational and operational problems and technical challenges, able to proactively remove barriers, and influence a positive quality culture.
Must possess a working knowledge of domestic and international GMP regulations and other policies/regulations as applicable.
Must have a thorough understanding of data integrity, computer systems validation per CGMPs, and an understanding of System/Software Development Life Cycle concepts.
Must have experience in leading large scale process improvement projects.
Must have the ability to function in a fast-paced environment and communicate effectively cross-functionally, with staff, and management (both written and verbal).
Must be proficient in Microsoft applications and quality systems.
Approximately 10% travel required.
Lifting not required.
Required to be on call
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