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Sr Quality Assurance Specialist - OTF - 2nd shift - Philadelphia, PA - Global Operations

Lieu Philadelphie, Pennsylvanie, États-Unis Job ID R-082499 Date de publication 05/22/2020

Are you looking to join a collaborative, team-oriented pharmaceutical/biotech company, where you will be part of an organization that puts life-saving medicines on market? Imagine using your skills in a role that is tasked with maintaining compliance and at the same time looking to innovate and improve processes in a Quality Assurance environment. If so, this role may be for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

The Philadelphia, PA site, which operates 24/7, manufactures a life-saving influenza vaccine, which is sold in the US, UK and other countries. Our product is aseptically filled into sprayers for nasal administration. The site consists of two geographic locations - a facility at Red Lion Road in NE Philadelphia has about 140 full-time employees and the Bensalem storage and distribution facility has about 5 employees. The facilities are about 8 miles apart and both are situated close to I-95, the city of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia International Airport. Operations continue year-round, with the production season being in the summer (typically May – August). Our site is highly collaborative where we show our Philly pride in all we do. We work closely together, always striving to be better every day. We have a network of employee teams who deliver many kinds of employee engagement activities, from our famous Wingbowl, to inclusion events, a site picnic, community outreach, health and wellness activities, and a green team.

The Sr. Quality Assurance Specialist (second shift) is responsible for all QA activities that directly support execution of the process both within the Process Execution Team (PET) and in assigned areas outside of the PETs. These activities may include but are not limited to: batch record review, change control and documentation, equipment and process validation, deviation investigations, SOPs, distribution center management, internal inspections, and regulatory interactions.

What you will do:

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the technology area and will act as execution lead/process owner for one or more processes.
  • Strong collaboration between other areas to ensure consistent application of quality systems / processes across the site
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance from management
  • Influence in team and project meetings, advising project teams with respect to quality solutions and potential new approaches for consideration
  • Training and mentoring of junior members of the QA organization and providing QA coaching to other non-QA employees within the area supported
  • Role model in use of lean methodology
  • Leads major improvement projects
  • Leads activities on assigned shift and oversees seasonal workforce
  • Strong performance history of consistently meeting or exceeding expectations



    • Bachelor’s degree in a Science / technical field such as Pharmacy, Biology, Chemistry or Engineering

    • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in either the pharmaceutical industry, an operations environment or Quality Assurance
    • Strong demonstrated knowledge of cGMPs, Quality Systems and the pharmaceutical supply chain environment
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • Aseptic processing experience
    • Ability to work second shift


    • Quality Systems Experience i.e. Deviation Investigation and Root Cause Analysis

    • Strong Knowledge of Data Integrity

    • Experience with Regulatory Inspections e.g. FDA, MHRA, EMA

    • Aseptic Processing experience

    Why AstraZeneca?

    At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, groundbreaking cutting-edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Join us.

    Next Steps – Apply today!

    Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours. Curious to know more, then please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well-qualified for this opportunity. Know someone who would be an excellent fit, please share this posting with them.

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