Director/Sr. Director CMC Quality Assurance

San Jose, CA /
Quality – QA Team /
/ On-site
The Director/Sr. Director of CMC QA will provide quality oversight/support for the CMC activities associated with Drug Products. This position provides technical, CMC, operational and strategic leadership in the development and implementation of all quality control and related activities. The ideal candidate will establish phase appropriate critical quality attribute determination for biologics, support stability programs and will work across disciplines in order to deliver a clear strategy to maintain and improve product quality and process robustness. A solid understanding of the industry’s complex regulatory requirements and a commitment to ensuring quality, is essential. The role will require full collaboration with analytical development, manufacturing operations and regulatory affairs teams.


    • Support all CMC activities quality control business process build out, including but not limited to the establishment of technical operations, qualification/validation and execution analytical methods, method validations, method transfers, material specifications, stability data, expiry date extensions, and cleaning validations
    • Ensure activities and deliverables are in compliance with applicable FDA, EMA and GxP regulations, ICH guidelines, Rani procedures, and industry best practices
    • Support internal and external GMP manufacturing along with oversight of GMP sample handling, testing, QC stability program, QC release and stability data analyses, OOE/OOS investigations, deviations, CAPAs and support certificates of analysis generation for drug products
    • Foster a quality and continuous improvement mindset to ensure that all QC deliverables are cGMP compliant in a phase appropriate fashion to support clinical and commercial programs
    • Provide quality oversight related to GMP activities including approval of method validation, specifications, release testing for raw materials, intermediates, excipients, APIs, and drug products
    • Oversee work at external contract labs/vendor analytical labs, including method development, qualification, transfer, and validation
    • Develop, approve, monitor, and maintain critical quality standards to proactively minimize product quality risks, including application of controls supporting risk-based continued process verification and monitoring of lifecycle product quality
    • Manage supplier qualification and requalification activities for CROs and CDMOs
    • Ensure robust processes are implemented for management of clinical and commercial product and process lifecycle quality (e.g., control strategy, technology transfer, process validation lifecycle, quality monitoring)
    • Support continuous collaboration with analytical development, technical operations, manufacturing, QA, regulatory affairs, clinical development, and program management, as well as external vendors (CROs and CDMOs)
    • Close engagement with analytical development to build a sustainable GMP quality control platform to support commercial and growing portfolio of clinical development programs
    • Support quality review of CMC sections of regulatory filings and participate in inspection readiness efforts

Education and/or Job Experience

    • PhD in a scientific discipline with 7+ years or MS/BS degree with 10+ years of experience in Analytical Development/Quality Control in a GxP pharmaceutical environment
    • A proven track record of implementing phase appropriate quality control strategies, method validation and specification development
    • Working knowledge of cGMP requirements including 21 CFR 210/211, ICH guidelines and specific regulatory authority requirements (FDA, EMA, EU, PIC/S, ISO), as well as pharmacopeia standards
    • Direct experience in managing analytical development/QC activities at CROs and CDMOs
    • CMC specific regulatory knowledge and an understanding of manufacturing, process development, quality control, or quality assurance related to biologics and/or combination products
    • Expert knowledge of cGMP compliance regulations and industry practices for US/EU
    • Previous experience with combination products preferred
    • Proficient in risk assessment and root cause analysis tools
    • Demonstrate keen understanding of domestic and internal quality systems regulations to adopt best in class systems/processes and drive continuous improvement initiatives


    • Must be able to work in a fast paced, changing environment with demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing responsibilities with a high degree of self-motivation
    • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills are necessary with the ability to influence individual and teams across the organization
    • Collaborative, goal-oriented, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Must be strategic as well as hands-on
    • Attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Must demonstrate ability to work independently, make effective decisions
Salary Range: $200,000 - $255,000

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