Boehringer Ingelheim Specialist, Quality Assurance in FREMONT, California
Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment which benefits our employees, patients and communities.
Works independently to provide quality assurance oversight of any area assigned where the business is responsible for adhering to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) including critical utilities, (e.g. WFI, Steam, Automation,equipment, HVAC, etc.), warehouse, manufacturing processes, inspection, labeling and packaging, batch record review, batch disposition, new product introduction/product transfer, external quality and laboratories. Demonstrates a high level of independent judgment and discretion in the timely identification, investigation and resolution of events impacting the Quality of products and processes. Quality oversight responsibilities include ensuring adherence to SOPs and requirements, proper change control, corrective action and preventive action plans (CAPA)/Deviation management, impact assessments for changes to equipment and processes, risk management, and ensuring documentation and investigations meet all requirements. With autonomy and authority, makes difficult decisions with little time for deliberation which may have a direct impact on active manufacturing operations, the release of equipment, systems, or areas. Provides guidance and mentorship to junior staff regarding decision making processes and process expertise with high-level quality oversight to ensure compliance with cGMP’s, regulatory, industry, and corporate requirements.
As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees.
Duties & Responsibilities
Responsible for executing QA operations and overseeing junior team members as they assess, evaluate, and review operations on the floor (as defined above) against cGMPs to assure real-time observation of activities, issue identification/ resolution including proper and timely documentation. Provides guidance to MFG, E&T, and/or QC to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and assists in resolution of issues identified. Information must be pro-actively shared across QA and the business including the on-going training of junior team members.
Identifies, classifies and reports deviations, as appropriate and typically works on more complex Minor and/or Major deviations. Oversees execution of remediation/CAPA activities required to continue production or move a process to the next milestone. Works closely with others to determine root cause and potential preventative/corrective actions. Ensures support for the timely closure of investigations.
Authorized to suspend any operation when the situation warrants. Provides guidance and control directives regarding remediation activities required to continue production. Is required to resolve critical issues within area assigned and may escalate to senior management team based on severity of the issue.
Responsible for providing quality oversight to the change management system for complex Minor and/or Major classified Change Controls. This includes providing plan creation oversight, verifying that changes adhere to local SOPs and regulatory compliance and ensuring communication/escalation of potential issues of broader impact to the business.
Performs independent technical review of documentation during and post-execution of cGMP activities. Has authority to sign off/qualify/train junior staff on QA Operation responsibilities. Ensures all specifications are met and that applicable requirements are completed and acceptable. Ensures all issues/documentation associated with each process in assigned area have been resolved and approved prior to release to the next step and are compliant with cGMPs and SOPs and current manufacturing regulations and site procedures. Analyzes and reports findings to appropriate departments.
Works closely with others in the assigned area to recognize opportunities for improvement and drive change through the use of BIFI’s Quality Systems. May be asked to become a certified Green-Belt and be assigned to lead process improvement initiatives via the BPE program. May also attend, as a QA project team member to provide QA guidance and oversight to such improvements.
Will serve as Subject Matter Expert for internal or external matters. Participates in inspection readiness activities and significantly involved in inspections by regulatory agencies.
Creates and establishes processes and procedures to ensure compliance and adherence to regulated QA activities for cGMP operations.
Requires a Bachelor’s degree, from an accredited institution, in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry (or closely related degree with these core courses as the foundation)
Five (5) to seven (7) years of quality assurance experience in the pharmaceutical industry providing oversight to Manufacturing Operations, QC, and other cGMP areas.
Project management experience
Strong independent judgment and decision making abilities required.
Strong knowledge of relevant regulatory guidances.
Demonstrated problem-detection and problem-resolution skills required.
Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills required.
Must possess demonstrated organizational skills that have proven results in the ability to be self-directed while managing multiple projects.
Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; good interpersonal skills.
Mentoring experience required.
Physical Demands / Surroundings - The duties of this position may require the incumbent to exert some physical effort. Lifting requirements may vary dependent of the QA area assigned. Weight is typically no more than 25 pounds. Work environment is dependent upon the area assigned. For example, Manufacturing Operations QA requires full gowning and gloving certification, ILP will require inspection validation requirements are met, lab-based areas will require bench training and that laboratory protocols and dress code are adhered to.
Visual Demand s - Must be able to read and see clearly. Employees assigned to ILP will be required to participate and have acceptable results from vision testing including color -blindness.
Temperaments/Mental Requirements - Frequently required to exercise judgment and make decisions. Probable errors might cause moderately serious delays, confusion, and could affect company reputation/customer relations or expense to correct.
Attendance / Schedule - Attendance requirements are based on BIFI general attendance policies.
Desired Skills, Experience and Abilities:
- Capability to establish good relationships with others who have different values, cultural styles and perspectives. Setting high and ambitious goals and standards for oneself and others, continuously raises the bar
Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.
Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required)
Must be 18 years of age or older
Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and operates globally with approximately 50,000 employees. Since our founding in 1885, the company has remained family-owned and today we are committed to creating value through innovation in three business areas including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. Since we are privately held, we have the ability to take an innovative, long-term view. Our focus is on scientific discoveries and the introduction of truly novel medicines that improve lives and provide valuable services and support to patients and their families. Employees are challenged to take initiative and achieve outstanding results. Ultimately, our culture and drive allows us to maintain one of the highest levels of excellence in our industry. We are also deeply committed to our communities and our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen the neighborhoods where we live and work. Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc., Merial Barceloneta, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status, including protected veteran status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.
Boehringer Ingelheim is firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, productive and efficient work environment for our employees, partners and customers. As part of that commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim conducts pre-employment verifications and drug screenings.
Organization: US-BI Fremont
Title: Specialist, Quality Assurance
Requisition ID: 1812921