Senior Quality Validation Engineer

South San Francisco, CA /
Quality – Quality /
Full Time
/ On-site
Position Summary

Cellares is seeking an innovative and highly motivated Senior Quality Validation Engineer who will be part of Cellares’ Quality group and contribute significantly to the development of Cellares custom fully automated end-to-end cell and gene therapy manufacturing platform (Cell Shuttle), as well as FUE (facilities, utilities, and equipment) or Computer Systems / Automation  (enterprise level such as ERP, LIMS, QMS to local systems like EMS, CMMS, SCADA, BMS, QC /  Analytic systems) or a combination of FUE and CSV/Automation. 

The primary focus of this position is to actively lead all aspects of FUE and / or CSV activities in an FDA-regulated environment and ensure compliance with cGMP, 21 CFR Part 11, and ISO 13485 requirements.

This is a multidisciplinary role & this individual will interface across many parts of the company (with scientists, researchers, and engineers) to develop and validate the best compliant solutions possible. The successful candidate should have direct experience in all activities in the Validation lifecycle and or Quality governance, guidance, and oversight in Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Device, or combination.  The candidate should be proficient on various types of testing during development and design to commissioning, FAT, and SAT to formal validation (IQ, OQ, PQ, UAT) in various testing environments (Development/Sandbox, Test/Validation, Production) as appropriate.  The candidate should understand the system lifecycle from supplier evaluation, purchase, development, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, and then system retirement. The candidate should be detail-oriented and possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Having a medical device background is a plus.


    • Working within a team of Quality Validation Engineers to support Quality, Facilities, Operations, QC, IT, Software, Mechanical, and Systems Engineering
    • Support, review, and approve documentation associated with qualification planning, intended use, user requirements, hazard analysis, risk assessments, functional and design specifications, design reviews, design V&V packages, test protocols, 21 CFR Part 11 compliance assessments, requirements trace matrix, Master Validation Plan and qualification report
    • For validation strategies and testing, perform independent reviews and apply knowledge of design, development, and testing of software used in Cellares' Cell Shuttle during their entire system development life cycle, from the requirements gathering phase to the retirement phase
    • Develop, review, and or approve FUE and CSV protocols (IQ, OQ, PQ), coordinate execution of testing, and generation, review, and approval of validation reports
    • Ensure that cGMP and Change Control related FUE, CSV, and software systems are established, implemented, and maintained to ensure regulatory compliance, data integrity, and to optimize efficient and effective business processes
    • Act as an effective leader in supporting Software Quality Assurance (CSA) disciplines, decisions, and practices with coaching, and mentoring for Quality, Engineering, and other technical team personnel
    • Provide direction to project teams on software, CSV, and FUE quality implementation processes and interpretation of procedural compliance requirements
    • Review and approve changes to existing systems, ensuring changes are implemented in compliance with internal procedures and external standards
    • Review test results for Good Documentation Practices (GDP) compliance and ensure that all test discrepancies to acceptance criteria are adequately controlled, documented, and addressed
    • Ensure the best quality practices are employed by all departments so that software/firmware based systems are developed, qualified, and maintained in a manner which provides assurance that the system conforms to both internal and external requirements
    • Author Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as required
    • Lead FUE or CSV related investigations and deviations generated during and post validation activities
    • As required, support audits, non-conforming events and CAPAs
    • Establish and promote an environment that supports the Quality Policy, cGMP, Data Integrity, and Quality Systems.


    • Bachelor's level degree or higher in Science, Engineering, or Software discipline
    • 5-7 years of related work experience in Validation or Quality for FUE, CSV, Automation, or Medical Device
    • Experience working in an FDA-regulated industry
    • Knowledge of System Development Life Cycles (SDLC) preferably with automated manufacturing and computerized lab systems
    • Knowledge of Validation Life Cycles (VLC) and applied experience in FUE, CSV, Automation, QC systems
    • Understanding of risk-based validation and data integrity requirements to perform assessments or apply applicable testing strategies
    • Practical knowledge of 21 CFR Part 11 (electron records/electronic signature), 21 CFR Parts 210, 211, GAMP 5, 21 CFR Part 820 and ISO 13485
    • Experience in supporting manufacturing of medical devices desired
    • Must possess excellent organizational, clear verbal, and written communication skills
    • High level of attention to detail and compliance and ability to effectively support multiple high priority deliverables at once
    • Hands on approach, self-motivated with a passion for problem solving.
$90,000 - $210,000 a year
Cellares’ total compensation package contains competitive base salaries, highly subsidized Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans, 401(k) Matching, Free EV Charging, Onsite lunches, and Stock options. All displayed pay ranges are approximate, negotiable, and location dependent.
This is Cellares

Cellares is creating the future of cell therapy manufacturing. The company is developing an innovative cell therapy manufacturing solution that is robust, cost-effective and scalable so that cell therapies are more affordable and widely available to patients in need. Our multidisciplinary team comes together from diverse backgrounds with a shared passion for accelerating access to life-saving cell therapies. We value integrity, curiosity, the courage to grow and embrace change. At Cellares, you will collaborate with a world class team of engineers, scientists, and business leaders who are as excited about improving the world as you are.

Leveling will be based on overall experience, education, and demonstration of knowledge throughout the interview process.