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Sr. Quality Specialist I, Laboratory Metrology

4701 International Blvd, Wilson, NC 27893, USA Req #96
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Purdue Pharma and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market medications and consumer health products to meet the evolving needs of healthcare professionals, patients, consumers and caregivers.

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Job Summary:

The Senior Quality Specialist I will administer metrology program, maintain equipment in LIMS, provide schedules for activities, review supplied documentation, author program procedures, and ensure compliance to regulations and written procedures. Will also provide system metrics including usage, downtime, and reliability and develop a system retirement strategy and 5-year laboratory instrument requirements plan.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects involving computer system validation as it relates to laboratory systems and the data integrity of electronic data. Work in a cross-functional team on GAMP 5 validation projects to deliver laboratory instrument/software.
  • The position requires the Specialist to occasionally move, position, and maneuver equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and remain in a stationary position, often standing for prolonged periods.
  • Perform maintenance, calibration, qualification, repair and troubleshooting on a variety of laboratory instruments including but not limited to HPLC, GC, TPW3, Automated Dissolution Systems, UV spectrophotometers, Balances, and pH meters and other special purpose lab equipment.
  • Provide time trending and task data; assist with departmental scheduling; manage scheduling spreadsheets to ensure that they are complete and understood and to provide detailed status reports to management.
  • Develop, author or revise, and follow strict protocols for instrument installation, operation, and performance qualification.
  • Coordination of new instrument installation, calibration and repair with technical groups and vendor; ensure appropriate documentation is in place; communicate with vendors and service personnel regarding instrumentation issues; review vendor qualification protocols and final reports for accuracy, completeness and compliance.
  • Assess current vendor calibration programs for performance, applicability and return on investment.
  • Assist with assessment of new technology and instrumentation for the labs.
  • Assist with laboratory investigations involving equipment failure, including impact assessment.
  • Train laboratory personnel or other metrology personnel in metrology activities, as appropriate.
  • Maintain the laboratory instrumentation with minimal downtime while adhering to all compliance requirements.
  • Implement new instrumentation and new technology in the laboratory including validation and qualification of systems.
  • Work closely with users/laboratory colleagues to resolve issues; Assist in setting priorities for problem resolution related to the instrumentation. Assist in investigations, including root cause analysis and CAPA plan.
  • Write, revise, develop, evaluate and review Standard Operating Procedures for instrumentation.
  • Report system metrics to management
  • Perform additional duties as assigned and/or required.

Education and Experience:

Requires at a minimum, a BS degree in Chemistry or other related science with 8 years minimum experience or equivalent level of experience in pharmaceutical or related industries; or graduate degree (MS preferred) with 6-10 plus years’ experience or PhD with 3-6 plus years’ experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A successful track record in maintaining instruments is desirable.
  • Direct experience in repair and maintenance of laboratory robotics equipment and metrology required for senior level position.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • The incumbent must be able to clearly identify problems or compliance issues arising from the assigned work and quickly implement solutions.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of USP, FDA, cGMP, GAMP (particularly V-Model) and 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.
  • Hands on experience with documenting user requirements and functional specifications for laboratory instrument/automation systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of LIMS, Quality Documentation Systems, Change Control, CAPA Laboratory operations, and Stability programs is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of HPLC, UPLC, Empower CDS, TPW3, MultiDose and other laboratory systems is required.
  • Ability to read schematics and perform repairs and maintenance with minimal

Supervisory Responsibilities (if applicable):

This position reports to the Senior Manager Quality Control. This person has no direct reports, however, works in a matrix environment to ensure laboratory equipment reliability, operation and compliance.

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