Quality Assurance Director, leading biopharma company

Job Title: Quality Assurance Director, leading biopharma company
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Shanghai, China
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: RY2002252_1510554342
Contact Name: Cherry Zhu
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 13, 2017 14:25

Job Description

Job description

Reporting to: Senior Vice President of Quality & Chief Quality Officer

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading and managing quality system improvement initiative across all departments and functions to ensure that quality initiatives and quality plans are executed and maintained in full compliance with CGMP requirements. This includes addressing issues from quality management oversight and helping the site management team to execute effectively the quality enhancement activities.
  • Ensure an effective review on suitability and effectiveness of quality system at defined intervals.
  • Direct and support the resolution of quality problems in the facility activities so that they are consistent with the industry and company quality standards.
  • Support and supervise quality governance through review of project documents, KPIs, risk assessments, and quality plans.
  • Identify and support continuous improvement projects in collaboration with site management team with objective of achieving quality, reliability and cost improvements.
  • Attend preparation and execution of internal, external and regulatory audits on the site.
  • Participate in or manage quality assessments related to introduction of new products into the facility.
  • Review and approve high level quality documents
  • Ensure that coordinated contact is maintained with other functions, including sharing of better practice and procedures.
  • Ensure that company executive leadership team is well kept informed of all critical and major quality issues which may have an adverse effect on the product quality.
  • Perform review of compliance performance at department and individual level and propose corrective actions.
  • Provide coaching and direction for QA managers and team leaders, and provide training to relevant staff, as requested.
  • Anticipate risks associated with product quality and regulatory compliance, through the prevention and reduction plans, including management of quality and product alerts.
  • Provide quality support and expertise in the GMP projects such as non-conformance remediation plan, tech transfers, GMP facility projects, and the launch of new products
  • Provide support to sites as part of the regulatory inspections and external audits.
  • Contribute significantly to the development of best practice within the scope of GMP compliance and regulatory requirements; facilitate interaction and exchange of best practices with other departments and functional areas.
  • Develop GMP and QA knowledge and implementation to its highest standard, which is essential for the company to maintain its strong quality culture.
  • Representing the quality team, works closely with the heads of other line operations.
  • Take strategic and leadership responsibilities in bridging between the site and the corporate quality management team.


  • Advanced degree (MS or PhD) within pharmacy, biology or engineering and with at least 10 years' managerial experience in a production and/or quality function in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Expert in quality system implementation & improvement, which include but are not limited to Product Release & Production Batch Record, SOP, Training, External & Internal Audit, Regulatory Inspection, Change Control, Data Integrity, Customer Complaint Management, Qualification & Validation, Technology Transfer (Manufacturing Process & Analytical Method), Deviation and OOS Investigation, Quality Risk Management, External Supplier/Vendor Quality System, Quality Agreement, Quality Metrics, and CAPA Management for Non-conformance.
  • Demonstrated leadership & experience in staff skill development, performance appraisal and department budget management.
  • Experience in transverse management without direct hierarchical authority or supervision.

Key Competencies Required:

  • Results orientated
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results and manage others to achieve corporate, site and functional objective
  • Ability to integrate the constraints of each function and identify good solutions while within compliance of regulation
  • Team performance complemented by development of skills and performance of individual team members
  • Strong leadership
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Combined strategic and operational thinking
  • Focus on goals with sound judgment
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and act with a sense of urgency
  • Pro-active and creative by designing new processes and implementation of those to promote process improvement continuously
  • Communication Skill
  • Ability to work in highly diversified cultures
  • Ability to work in a matrix, multicultural environment
  • People management and development Skill
  • Collaborates and communicates
  • Leads others to work together
  • Develops team capabilities and staff performance
  • Rewards and recognizes desired performance
  • Driven by building interpersonal and a proven team builder