Shire Sr. Quality Associate in Thousand Oaks, California


Responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for the QA Lawrence organization (QA Receiving & Inspection and Baxject III/Packaging operations). QA Receiving & Inspection operation includes raw material inspection, sampling, and release activities. Baxject III & Packaging operations include and not limited to support on CAPAs, Change Control, projects. Requires strong knowledge & experience in automated device assembly processes and sterilization of medical devices, including Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP) sterilization methods. Identify and assess quality, product, and/or systems risk in processes according to established guidelines and Baxter standard operating procedures. Proficient in facility Quality Systems particularly Change Control and Exception Management/CAPA. Responsible for developing and supervising a staff of QA personnel and ensure compliance to appropriate regulations, Corporate/Division, and applicable facility procedures. Knowledgeable of Receiving & Inspection and Baxject III/Packaging processes in order to support day-to-day activities including troubleshooting, problem solving, decision making, and resolution execution. Proactively participates in processes and serves as a driver for general process/system improvements.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervision of Baxject III QA inspection team

  • Responsible for review of quality related documentation and approval of events and change control including assessing the risk and impact to the process and/or product as applicable.

  • Assess impact of new regulations on current practices, initiate document change proposals, prepare/review/approve protocols to justify process changes, approve protocols, and assist with training and auditing as appropriate.

  • Lead ongoing daily departmental activities for areas of direct responsibility and when required assist other Quality areas in the successful performance of these activities.

  • Responsible for overseeing the closure of nonconformance reports pertaining to areas of responsibility. Able to apply problem solving tools and methods to coordinate and/or lead investigation teams. Lead investigations (i.e. CAPA) for process failures within respective areas.

  • Serve as QA representative as a core team member for projects, participate and own project milestones and implementation actions.

  • Responsible for trending and analyzing data, and presentation of Quality indicators to all organizational levels.

  • Services as a subject matter expert in internal, corporate and external audits for areas of expertise.

  • Must be recognized by all levels of the facility as an expert in their area and be able to demonstrate leadership ability.

  • Acts as a change-agent and drives continuous improvement activities.

  • Assume a leadership role in absence of the Quality Manager.

  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in medical devices, or Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP) sterilization methods.

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, laboratory operations, and/or critical systems required.

  • Working knowledge of statistical tools associated with receiving/inspection processes.

  • Proficient in problem solving through the use of continuous improvement tools; certification desired in ASQ, Green Belt, Lean or equivalent.

  • Strong verbal, written and oral communication skills. Able to present business indicators to Senior Management

  • Good interpersonal/communication/influencing/negotiation skills.

  • Good project management skills.

  • Working knowledge of FDA Regulations(211, 820), Application of Good Laboratory Practices, and Application of Good Manufacturing Practices.

  • Able to present areas of responsibility to regulatory agencies during inspections.

  • Living our leadership behaviors is a basic expectation for all Shire employees. Shire expects all employees to embody the following: Leadership Behaviors

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree preferred in Science or Engineering. Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in quality operations or related field within a biotechnology, biologics, medical device or pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. CQM or CQE certification preferred.

Working Environment

  • Normal office environment and raw material warehouse environment.

  • May be required to travel for business reasons, e.g. training and meetings.

  • Will have interaction with other people.

  • Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.

  • May be required to work in a clean room environment wearing special garments. Additionally, personal protective equipment must be worn due to safety requirements.

Physical Demand

  • Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one, which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

  • May be required to grip and grasp occasionally when moving and sampling materials.

  • May be required to stand and walk frequently to access other areas in the facility.

  • May be required to gown in controlled areas. May require periodic standing in manufacturing areas.

  • May be required to climb stairs rarely. Elevator access provided to 2nd floor area.

  • May be required to carry occasionally when filing or taking documents or supplies to other areas of the facility.

  • May be required to move head /neck frequently when communicating with co-workers/customers, answering the phone, and filing.

  • May be required to use repetitive motion frequently of hand, fingers, and wrist for the purpose of typing & data entry.

  • May be required to grip and grasp frequently when using computer mouse.

  • May be required to drive occasionally to the Westlake Village or Los Angeles facility for training/meetings.

  • May be required to use hearing frequently when communicating with personnel in person or on the phone.

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Reasonable Accommodations

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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.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.