Department: Quality Systems
The Quality Systems Department manages Change and Design Control, Periodic Product Review, Inspection Readiness, Product Quality Reviews, Management Reviews and Risk Management. QS ensures compliance with company procedures and industry standards in support of cell therapy products.
Quality Systems Engineers are focused on the oversight of the Quality Systems that allow for efficient and compliant execution of operational projects. QS Engineers work closely with subject matter experts to facilitate the development and rapid adoption of value-added changes and processes, ensuring implementation in compliance with regulations, procedures and policies.
The QS Engineer will assist in ensuring that quality systems are in place and cGMP compliance is maintained. Work and decisions will be based on a collaborative culture with individuals throughout the facility.
- Develop, draft and revise procedures as required to ensure that documentation and operation meet established requirements of regulations, cGMPs, and internal SOPs and company policies.
- Develop, modify, apply, and maintain quality standard procedures for quality systems.
- Review executed cGMP documents and participate in or lead the implementation of systems for the acquisition, processing and storage of cGMP information.
- Monitor the status of assigned quality system(s), providing periodic reports and status updates on the overall performance of the quality system(s).
Key Functions may be in support of one or more of the following:
Change Control/Design Control
- Oversee the process of change/design control approval from evaluation of an initial proposal, through approval, implementation , closure and effectiveness review.
- Provide Quality oversight of change/design controls to ensure that they meet the requirements of Vericel standards and procedures, and are clearly written and appropriately justified. Provide QA approval of those changes at various points in the change life cycle, utilizing a TrackWise electronic workflow.
- Apply and interpret procedures governing the change control process to propose changes, consulting with Quality management as appropriate. Work with project teams to determine change control approach for projects.
- Verify the completeness and correctness of supporting documentation for change, including items such as engineering studies, validation protocols, technical reports, engineering drawings and SOP changes. May also serve as the Quality approver for supporting documentation.
- Monitor the status of open changes, providing periodic reports and status updates on the overall performance of the change control system.
- Assist with scheduling and driving activities of the risk management program with respect to scheduling meetings, developing quality documentation and data management.
- Help ensure that manufacturing sites comply with the requirements of the risk management program and complete assessments and reports in a timely manner according to regulations, procedures and policies.
- Participate in the risk assessment process as it relates to assisting with training of personnel. Categorizing risk and assigning report numbers.
- Provide clear and concise reports of risk management activities/assignments throughout the site and provide key metrics that monitor compliance for the risk management program.
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Science or Engineering with 8+ years of Quality/Compliance experience in a cGMP biotech or pharmaceutical regulated industry.
- Experience serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in regulatory inspections.
- Experience performing work that consistently requires independent decision making and the exercise of independent judgment and discretion in a cGMP environment.
- Experience presenting in a group setting in areas of subject matter expertise.
- Experience writing and reviewing technical cGMP documents.
- Strong written and verbal communication.
- Experience influencing colleagues and management in a cross-functional environment.
- Experience operating in an environment of strict timelines.
Preferred Education and Experience:
- A strong understanding of Medical Device and Biologics FDA regulations.
- Strong working knowledge of Trackwise.
- Proven Risk Management/FMEA experience/knowledge.
- Good project management skills and working knowledge of statistical techniques.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status and will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Vericel Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.