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Senior Quality Assurance Specialist II - New Product Introduction

Lexington, Massachusetts


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Senior Quality Assurance Specialist II - New Product Introduction

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Job ID SR0043089 Date posted 10/21/2019 Location Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Duties

      The Sr. QA Specialist II will be a senior member of the Quality Assurance team providing support for New Product Introduction QA Operations at the Massachusetts Bio Operations Unit Site. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for New Product Introduction QA Operations Lexington for a given product transferring into or out of the Mass Bio Ops Unit site.
  • Serve as Quality Assurance subject matter expert on product and process risk assessments.
  • Partner with QA Operations counterparts to execute technical transfer deliverables.
  • Collaborate with cross functional scope owners in developing routine, standard and efficient processes for technical transfers at the Lexington site.
  • Responsible for ensuring escalation/communication pathways are executed with both immediate QA Management and Site leadership teams throughout the project lifecycle.


  • Responsibility for adhering to domestic and international GMP regulations, cGMP’s, company policies, and leadership behaviors.
  • QA approver on New Product Introduction Change Controls and other quality systems.
  • QA approver on the creation of and revision to master batch records, formulation preparations, SOPs, Test Methods and other GMP documents.
  • Attend New Product Introduction Project meetings as primary QA representative.
  • Conduct and oversee product and process risk assessment activities for new product introductions.
  • Support QA Operations department in various aspects (ie. Quality System approval, document revision approval
  • Support agency and third party audits of the Mass Bio Ops Unit site as necessary.

Education and Experience Requirements


  • A minimum of a B.S. degree in science or engineering with at least 8 years relevant experience executing, developing, and/or administrating GMP quality programs in cGMP biotech and/or pharmaceutical environments.  
  • Previous experience working in clinical, commercial and/or multiproduct facilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Previous experience leading risk assessments and associated tools (ex. FMEA).

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Able to perform functions in accordance with cGMP guidelines. Knowledge of regulatory requirements and guidelines for US and Europe.
  • Previous experience with leading risk assessments utilizing common tools (ex.FMEA).
  • Serve a back up to Head of QA Tech transfer for escalation purposes.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint; ability to learn additional software applications, as the need arises.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Good interpersonal skills required.
  • Adherence to domestic and international GMP regulations, cGMP’s, company policies and leadership capabilities.
  • Teamwork skills essential.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic environment with changing priorities.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Ability to meet challenging timelines, in spite of obstacles.
  • Flexible.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Employee at this level is involved in a variety of tasks of moderate to high level scope and complexity.
  • Candidate receives general instructions on new work; refers to policies and practices for guidance.  Work is reviewed for technical soundness and accuracy.  
  • Responsible for implementing global QA approaches based on sound principles, international industry/regulatory standards, and robust scientific basis.
  • Responsible for troubleshooting issues related to quality concerns, implementing effective solutions and corrective actions.

Internal and External Contacts

  •           Contacts are primarily with other professionals within Takeda and an occasional contact with a CMO or CTL that Takeda has a Quality Technical Agreement in place with.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

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Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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