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Supplier Quality Management Professional

Lessines, Belgium


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Job ID SR0048016 Date posted 03/25/2020 Location Lessines, Belgium

Supplier Quality Management Professional


  • Driving the development, deployment, execution and maintenance of the Supplier Quality and Material Management programs at the Lessines plant
  • Execution of qualification, maintenance and monitoring for the plant’s suppliers, with an emphasis on continuous improvement, global alignment, risk management and supply chain reliability 
  • Partners with the business and key stakeholders to drive continuous improvement in Quality performance across the plant and the company, to understand priorities, align on expectations
  • Supporting local cross functional stakeholders and stakeholders in the Plasma OpU on matters pertaining to supplier controls, significant concerns related to Quality System performance, risk-based audit execution, issue escalation, procurement strategy and regulatory compliance


  • Execution of global supplier and material/product management and audit activities for the suppliers assigned to the Lessines plant:
    • Building relationships with the locally assigned suppliers
    • Creation and maintenance of local product / material specifications
    • Solving of material related issues in cooperation with impacted production departments or Quality Control and suppliers resp. manufacturers around the globe (Material Deviations, CAPAs)
    • Supplier Qualification and maintenance / Quality Agreements
    • Supplier Audits
    • Evaluation and Execution of Supplier Notification of Changes
    • Managing change controls e.g. due to necessary product/material specification changes
    • Supplier Monitoring
  • Contribute to a teamwork and collaboration environment
  • Execute the strategic direction and oversight pertaining to external auditing and supplier quality and material management to achieve sustained success for regulatory inspections and supply chain product quality
  • Ensure compliance with the global audit and specification policies, guidance, standards, procedures governing Quality Auditing and Supplier Quality
  • Plan audits according to annual (fiscal year) audit plan
  • Support the coordination with Global Supplier Quality management group and global audit planning / scheduling group to assign lead auditors and co-auditors to perform audits for critical local suppliers
  • Promptly escalate and report all critical audit findings, critical material issues and supplier performance incidents to the appropriate persons
  • Perform external audits as needed (up to 15 % travel time due to audits)
  • Support Due Diligence activities wordwide providing subject matter expertise to enable decision making; identifying quality related risks to projects and the provision of appropriate resolutions
  • Execute the Supplier Qualification and Product/Material Specification program requirements per schedule
  • Provide performance metrics to drive continuous improvement of the programs

Education, competencies and skills :

  • Scientific degree (Bachelor or Master)
  • 1-2+ years of responsibility combined with deep knowledge of biopharmceutical manufacturing
  • Experience about Quality pillars (QA, QC, Systems and Compliance, Services and Improvement) including global cGMP regulations (US, EU, Japan, Canada, etc.)
  • Understanding of local and global regulations.  Experience working with regulatory agencies and/or direct interface experience with regulatory agencies during inspections preferred.
  • Fluent in written and spoken French and English
  • Communication skills engaging stakeholders: site, business, network, company, regulators.
  • Personal accountability for results and integrity.  Critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills.  Ability to drive change
  • Ability to present key quality/department/business concepts to senior representatives of external business partners and internal senior leadership teams.
  • Strong PC skills and be competent in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint

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