Shire Senior QC Investigator in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Role:

Job Summary/Operations Involvement:

Responsible for oversight and execution of complex and critical deviations and investigations related to quality control (QC) out of specification (OOS), out of trend (OOT), and/or process failures within the quality control labs. Responsible for completion of root cause analysis (RCA) as well as identification and generation of corrective and preventative actions stemming from investigation. Organizes, oversees, and performs investigation write-ups within allotted time frames. Works alongside manufacturing, quality assurance, and other applicable departments to ensure that RCA is complete and investigation is completed in a compliant manner. Proactively pursues continuous improvement opportunities related to contamination control, and ensures completion of activities which may decrease likelihood of repeat deviations.


Erroneous decisions can result in critical delays in schedules and / or unit operations and may jeopardize overall business activities.


Contributions are typically limited to individual investigations, CAPAs, or change controls aimed at improving quality control laboratory operations. In some instances, individual will influence and drive change across multiple processes and or departments to increase scope of improvements to across multiple QC laboratories.

The individual will lead or participate in cross functional investigations and represent QC for the department. Must be detail oriented and timeline focused.


70%: Quality Control Investigations and CAPAs

10%: Continuous Improvements in QC

10%: Metrics/performance KPIs

10%: Inspection and regulatory support

Education and Experience Requirements:

Typically requires a minimum of 10+ years of related experience.

Bachelor’s degree in technical or scientific discipline

Additional Specific Experience:

  • Experience in investigating quality control deviations within the pharmaceutical biologics space.

  • Experience with analytical assays is required

  • Experience with QC Microbiology assays is preferred, but not necessary

  • Familiarity with common analytical instrumentation/software

  • Experience with regulatory audits

  • Blue/Green Belt certification is preferred

Other Job Requirements:

Some travel expected; although not routine. Travel between sites is required.

The following physical abilities are required in order to fulfill the job duties:

  • Ability to work around chemicals (if working around the laboratories)

  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowning, and respiratory protection in some cases

  • Ability to walk and stand for periods of time

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