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Specialist, Validation QA

Primary Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2211890 Category Quality Assurance Division AbbVie


Describe the primary goals, objectives or functions or outputs of this position.

The primary responsibility for the Specialist III, Validation is the planning and overall approval of validation tasks. Under the direction of the Validation Section Manager, will participate in the implementation of the Validation quality program, but s/he will be expected to independently manage 5+ key projects simultaneously.  May be expected to coach/supervise contractors and/or junior Validation Specialists


List up to 10 main responsibilities for the job. Include information about the accountability and scope.

•Responsible for participating in implementation and maintenance of the effectiveness of the Quality System to meet all applicable regulatory requirements
•Ensures that all practices and procedures comply with company policies and applicable regulations for the Quality areas under his/her responsibility
•Executes tasks as required to implement the Validation Master Plan and maintain in a validated state the equipment, utilities, facilities, automated process controllers, information systems, cleaning processes, manufacturing processes, laboratory instruments and analytical methods to demonstrate that product will perform consistently as intended
•Ensures investigations of validation failures are completed thoroughly and documented accurately and are included in the plant CAPA system where required by policy
•Participates with plant and external engineering resources on new installations/systems to ensure that factory/site/commissioning documentation is in accordance with cGMP and supports validation
•May supervise contract validation resources in the timely completion of activities in his/her area of responsibility
•May lead, author, or review investigations and implementation of preventive and corrective action


List required and preferred qualifications (up to 10). Include education, skills and experience.

•Bachelor's Degree Required (preferably in Biology, Chemistry or Engineering)
•6+ years of overall experience in Manufacturing, Quality or Engineering including 4 major validation subjects (e.g. Computer, Equipment, Cleaning, Process, etc.) preferred
•Strong verbal and written communication skills
•Solid problem solving and analytical skills
•Solid interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate/influence without authority
•Ability to supervise junior or contract team members (prior supervisory experience preferred)
•Ability to manage complex projects and multiple projects (5+) simultaneously
•Knowledge of quality / compliance management as well as regulations and standards affecting API, Bulk Drug or Finished goods manufacturing preferred

Significant Work Activities: Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: No
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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