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Material Qualification (MQ) Specialist

Lessines, Belgium


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Material Qualification (MQ) Specialist

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Job ID SR0043812 Date posted 11/05/2019 Location Lessines, Belgium


The Material Qualification Specialist, part of the Lessines MS (Manufacturing Sciences) organization, is responsible for performing and coordinating activities linked to Material Qualification :

  • Projects within the plant and/or network (e.a. new products/ equipment/ components)
  • Material Lifecycle Management (e.a. changes impacting material qualification, impact evaluation against new requirements)
  • Continuous improvement (e.a. new materials improving product quality, process robustness)
  • Manufacturing deviations (e.a. root cause investigation and product impact evaluation)
  • Regulatory submissions and inspections


-  Acts as a material qualification representative for small, mid size and big projects within the plant and/or network :

  • Provides Material Qualification expertise to ensure the success of the project
  • Defines, prepares and implements all Material Qualification activities related to the project (MQ strategy, documentation approach and structure), in accordance to local and global MQ requirements.
  • Participates in the risk assessment and in the other qualification/validation activities related to the project.
  • Prepares and implements Material Qualification documentation, assuring requirements traceability throughout the whole project file (from URS to submission), and the update of the MQ database and documentation.
  • Organizes and coordinates Material Qualification activities with the different involved departments (on the ground, as required) and contractors, in such a way that all of them concur with the committed project milestones.
  • Assures open and honest feedback on status and potential risks/issues, with proposal of mitigation/solution to the Process Sciences and MQ Lead and to the Project lead.

- Closely collaborates with the MQ stakeholders (Process Sciences, Process/Equipment/Cleaning Validation, Production, Quality, Regulatory, Global MQ, …) to ensure the MQ life cycle from process development, validation, submission to routine production.

- Ensures that the Material Qualification status is continuously maintained and improved, following the established local and global MQ strategies.-

- Ensures compliance with current GMP and other regulatory requirements and supports corresponding regulatory submission writing and (oral) defenses during regulatory audits.

- Provides support in all quality-related issues, including GMP regulations, compliance with internal SOPs, and all aspects of safe, reliable and consistent operation of the system.

- Supports or manages deviations and changes in order to guarantee that these are well documented and that corrective/preventative actions are taken and followed-up.

- Assures the ability to meet the Department goals with respect to EHS, Quality, Compliance, Supply and Budget fulfillment.

- Supports the Process Science and MQ team by working on Process Science activities in the context of improvement projects and problem solving (labscale studies,  DMAIC product/process investigations, improvement projects, …)


  • BS or Master Degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Life Science, or other job related discipline or equivalent by experience
  • At least 2 years professional experience in Material Qualification or similar role
  • Knowledge of Material Qualification Methodologies, including associated analytical methods and risk assessment tools
  • GMP and bioprocessing knowledge and experience
  • Critical thinking and problem solving (DMAIC) skills
  • Project management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)
  • Honest and responsible, flexible, customer focused, team player, open minded and out of the box thinker

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