QA Operations Manager

Thermo Fisher Scientific Swindon, England

About the Job

At our site in Swindon, Thermo Fisher are forging partnerships that are transforming the industry, creating new business models between pharma companies and their pharma service providers.  We are pioneering solutions that are driven by client needs.

What will you do?

  • Manage and lead the QA Operations department and all aspects of the people process including hiring, on-boarding, mentoring, coaching, annual objective setting, performance management and employee development
  • Responsible for resource management and for initiating timely resource planning for the QA Ops team based on production forecasts and business needs
  • Provide QA oversight, technical expertise and leadership across all aspects of product manufacturing from raw materials, through warehouse activities, engineering, quality control, manufacturing and operations support
  • Monitor and oversee the batch record review process, including escalation of issues and driving completion of quality records e.g. Deviations, Investigations, CAPA and Change Controls
  • Drives and owns “Quality on the Floor” facilitating the desired ‘way of working’, quality culture and the 4i values through actions, coaching and mentoring
  • Manage completion of GMP documentation to the required standard and timescales, to ensure timely and efficient service for our internal and external clients
  • Prepare quality documents e.g. SOPs, technical documents, undertake investigations, review and approvals e.g. Change Controls, Deviations and Complaints
  • Ensure new products, equipment and processes are effectively introduced to internal & external standards
  • Proactively drive and react to system trending (e.g. deviations, complaints) to ensure ongoing quality performance.
  • Act as QAOps representative during Regulatory Inspections and audits (e.g. client and corporate)
  • Ensure own and teams KPI’s, plans, targets and objectives are effectively monitored and achieved. Including standard lead-times and supporting the Business goals for e.g. RFT and OTD/ OTIF
  • Embrace and actively drive Practical Process Improvements (PPI) and performance by identifying opportunities to improve quality/compliance, reduce cycle time, reduce COGs, and increase operational efficiency. Partner with key stakeholders to prioritize projects aligning with the quality goals and objectives
  • Ensure that own, and teams work complies with GMP, Data Integrity & Good Documentation Practice (GDP) and is undertaken in accordance with applicable quality documents e.g. SOP’s, BMR’s, Protocols, Guidance’s, etc.
  • Ensure own, and teams training is undertaken in a timely and GMP compliant manner before the task is undertaken and maintain an updated and compliant training matrix for the team
  • Maintain thorough understanding of international regulatory guidance, ISO, corporate and client requirements pertinent to the site, and to ensure that all work within the Quality department and across the aligned cell complies with these and with departmental procedures
  • Deliver effective leadership and communications in line with company rules, policies and procedures
  • Can act as back up for other managers in the quality organisation

EH&S:

  • Understand and ensure implementation of emergency procedures and safe systems of work
  • Ensure compliance with environment, health and safety rules, signage and instructions at all times
  • Ensure prompt reporting and investigation of all accidents, near misses and breaches of rules.

Who are we looking for?

  • Minimum Science based degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or Microbiology
  • Substantial experience minimum 10 years’ working in a pharmaceutical Quality department on a sterile site.
    This position requires deep understanding and proven application of cGMP regulations and international guidelines in a sterile production setting. This knowledge needs to be combined with clear decision making, pragmatism aligned with quality risk management principles to demonstrate release of product appropriate for commercial use.
  • Substantial Quality Assurance experience 5-10 years’ and ‘hands-on’ knowledge of all Quality Systems required for a sterile manufacturing facility. Understanding of the principles of sterile manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions regarding evaluation of GMP compliance, and leadership abilities in the management of QA oversight
  • Eligible to act as a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined in 2001/83/EC and 2001/82/EC (as amended), is preferable but not essential
  • Strong working knowledge of the principles and guidelines for GMP as set out in the Orange Guide, Eudralex Volume 4, U.S. 21CFR part 210/211 and other relevant regulations
  • Is not afraid to make decisions for the group. Holds self and others accountable in achieving goals
  • A proven track record of developing and leading a high performance team
  • Strong leadership skills with good collaboration, communication and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to internal and external stakeholders
  • Wants to learn and have a natural curiosity to understand systems and processes
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, matrix environment essential
  • Capable of working to deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Flexibility to meet changing needs and priorities of the business
  • Experience of developing and influencing business strategy is desirable

What’s in it for you: 

  • Competitive base salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Contributory Pension
  • Private medical insurance