Shire Senior Quality Assurance Specialist (Plasma: Fractionation and Purification / Aseptic Filling) in Round Lake, Illinois


The SENIOR MICROBIOLOGY / STERILITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST functions as the primary QA Microbiology / Sterility Assurance delegate at SHIRE 's Round Lake, IL manufacturing site with a focus on establishing and maintaining a comprehensive contamination control program (Environmental Monitoring (EM), Bioburden and Mold Reduction, etc.). They are responsible for the overall logistics and oversight of the EM and microbiological testing services provided by third-party Microbiology lab; drives the completion of gap assessments against EM and Contamination Control global procedures, identifies appropriate mitigation actions, and owns/manages the Contamination Control Program (CCP) for the site; owns deviations/CAPAs associated with contamination events (e.g., EM and solution bioburden adverse trends); owns and contributes to significant projects such as Final Product (FP) sterility sample size reduction, increased sterile filtration time, etc.; handles multiple departmental projects while demonstrating effectiveness in task completion, decision-making, training, problem solving, and leading without authority; leads CAPA, Kaizen, or equivalent focus-type group activities as required; implements Regulatory Authority’s requirements regarding microbiological relevant topics (EM, product bioburden, media fill, hygiene topics, aseptic behavior, etc.) and compliance with regulations and global procedures; Quality observation of media fills and sterilization qualifications; conducts GEMBA walks to ensure contamination control in the manufacturing areas, and performs investigational sampling of environmental air and surfaces within manufacturing areas.


  • Manages overall logistics and oversight of third-party Microbiology Lab, including scheduling, investigation support, etc.

  • Drives completion of gap assessments to global standards and procedures; identifies appropriate mitigation actions, and owns / manages CCP for the site

  • Owns deviations / CAPAs associated with contamination events (e.g., EM and solution bioburden adverse trends), leads investigations and authors investigation reports

  • Authors and leads the execution of validation studies for microbiology-related processes in alignment with Global Microbiology, e.g., disinfectant validations, equipment cleaning validations, etc.

  • Owns and contributes to significant projects such as FP sterility sample size reduction, increased sterile filtration time, etc.

  • Provides timely reporting of third-party Microbiology Lab KPIs; trends and analyzes microbiological testing and EM data for Management Review

  • Serves as SME for Microbiology/Sterility Assurance; leads audit readiness efforts in understanding FDA, Shire, and other regulatory and quality requirements; maintains a high level of expertise in current regulatory requirements and serves as a laboratory resource for compliance to these requirements

  • Serves as operational liaison with various internal customers (e.g., Manufacturing, Global QC, Global Microbiology, Technical Services, etc.)

  • Brings local SOPs into compliance with Global Standards / Requirements

  • Participates in Network Strategy / Shire Community of Practice meetings to stay informed of global changes

  • Provides expert statements and risk assessments regarding sterility and other microbiological aspects for lot release (deviations and change control)

  • Responsible for topics regarding Media Fills, EM, Product Bioburden and Endotoxin testing, Gowning, Aseptic Processing, and Contamination Control

  • Provides site-based training for hygiene, aseptic behavior, gowning requirements, product and rinse water sampling

  • Uses LIMS to collect, trend and analyze EM and FP microbiological test data for Product Quality Review and present at Management Reviews

  • Performs laboratory and manufacturing audits as required

  • Represents the Laboratory through technical presentations, CAPA review board, Management Reviews, and other department presentations

  • Embodies the Shire Leadership Behaviors: Be Positive. Be Accountable. Be Results-Driven. Be an Excellent Manager of Self and Others.


  • Demonstrated ability to apply advanced scientific principles, theories, concepts, practices and standards to process and product development; keeps current with scientific knowledge in areas of expertise (ex. FDA regulations, GLP, GDP and GMP); provides input to the development of new scientific knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and projects concurrently and drive projects to completion in a timely manner

  • Must have experience with and knowledge of bacterial colony characteristics and morphologies

  • Strong understanding of facility critical systems and laboratory and manufacturing processes

  • Strong competence with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; capable of performing advanced data analysis through various application software programs

  • Must have strong interpersonal communication skills, influencing/negotiation skills, strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Demonstrated skill in leading without authority

  • General knowledge of statistical techniques; working knowledge of CFR and USP Data Integrity guidelines a plus

  • Knowledge in applying technical problem-solving tools; Lean Instructor or CAPA investigator certification a plus; Black Belt or Six Sigma training / certification a plus

  • In-depth knowledge of change control practices for major manufacturing equipment and critical systems

  • In-depth knowledge of quality systems including exception management, change control, document control, etc.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in training others, driving results, and meeting deadlines


  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology or Biological Sciences with 5+ years of related experience in the pharmaceutical industry; or Master’s Degree in Microbiology or Biological Sciences with 2-4 years of experience

  • Experience must be in quality operations, biotechnology, pharmaceutical or similar GMP manufacturing environment


  • In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work, standing work, and walking around observing conditions in the facility (light to medium work)

  • May be required to gown frequently and balance when gowning into clean areas

  • Will be required to work around moving equipment and machinery

  • May be exposed to noise above 85 dBA; this may require hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn

  • May be required to work at heights above floor level

  • May be required to work with biohazards such as bloodborne pathogens, or medical waste in production and lab areas


  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning; will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body

  • No make-up or jewelry may be worn within the controlled manufacturing environments

  • Will work in clean room, cool/hot storage conditions, cold/wet environment, and confined areas for investigational purposes

  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 10% of the time and to work outside of regular business hours, including weekends

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Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

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