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Validation Specialist at Katalyst Healthcares & Life Sciences

Validation Specialist

Katalyst Healthcares & Life Sciences New Brunswick, NJ (Onsite) Full-Time
Job Description:
  • Provides Quality and Compliance oversight to Contract Manufacturing and Packaging Organizations (CMOs) within a cross-functional team and Product Disposition functionality for drug products manufactured by CMOs.
  • Primary responsibility is to ensure that the CMOs are operating in compliance with client's and applicable Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory standards.
  • In addition, this position has responsibility to ensure that released products comply with client's internal and government (FDA or specific market) requirements and support Quality Services processes (e.g., complaint investigations and change controls).

Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Manages CMO relationships from a quality and compliance perspective, including monitoring quality metrics, performing annual risk assessment of CMOs and executing oversight as defined by Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), authoring and executing Risk Mitigation Plans as needed
  • Determines disposition of drug products according to client and regulatory specifications and standards
  • Review change requests generated internally or by External Manufacturer
  • Reviews Annual Product Quality Reviews (APQR's) authored by Contract Manufacturers/Packagers and supplement APQR's as required
  • Investigate and/or evaluate manufacturing, packaging and laboratory deviations or incidents and associated Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA's) and provide direction and recommendations as to future course(s) of action
  • Review Quality Agreements
  • Review and approve product quality complaint investigations
  • Review and approve validation/qualification protocols and reports from the External Manufacturer as defined in related Quality Agreements
  • Write, review and implement SOP's to ensure compliance with current client's standard and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Participate as required on Fact Finding Investigation Team (FIT and Fact Finding Investigation Review Meetings (FIRM)
  • Supports product recalls and executes plan as assigned
  • Represent client during FDA/other regulatory inspections and corporate Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)compliance audits as defined in related Quality Agreements
  • Assist with preparation of audit observations
  • Participate in audits (For Cause) of North American External Manufacturers of drug products ensuring compliance with all appropriate client's and FDA and European Medicines Agency (EMA) cGMP regulations and policies
  • Represent Quality on cross-functional teams within the "Virtual Manufacturing Plant ", Technical Transfer teams, Supplier Selection, Serialization Manufacturing and Packaging launch teams

Education & Experience:
  • B.S. in Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Engineering, Pharmacy or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in pharmaceutical, biologics, biotech or related industry with relevant experience
  • Experience in a Quality Assurance, Quality Control or equivalent function is required
  • Experience in the manufacture of drug substance and/or drug product or quality control laboratories is desired
  • Knowledge in solid dosage forms, parenteral technology, biologics or combination products
  • Knowledge of compendial and cGMP requirements, FDA regulations and the ability to interpret and apply them
  • Proficiency with the use of global systems (e.g., Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), Document Control and Archiving (DCA))
  • Good verbal and written communication skills essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Capable to manage multiple priorities
  • Able to rapidly adapt to changing environment and circumstances requiring flexibility, tolerance and great sense of urgency while ensuring that all cGMP and Regulatory requirement are met
  • Trained in auditing techniques and skills such as observation, questioning, and assessment of complex problems

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