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Associate Director, Quality Control

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Quality Assurance
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Job Description

General Summary:

The Associate Director, Quality Control fully manages and directs the technical support function in the Release and Stability Laboratory (RSL) QC department supporting validation, testing and reporting of in-process, release and stability samples. The role is responsible for leading other QC personnel, optimizing Department resource allocation according to project/program needs to assure testing activities occur in an efficient and cGMP compliant manner while fostering the Vertex vision and values.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Full responsibility to oversee laboratory program(s)/processes for Laboratory deviations/investigations, change controls, and method validations/transfers
  • Provide leadership in the coordination, management, and prioritization of laboratory activities
  • Work with internal and external partners to ensure laboratory activities are scheduled and prioritized to meet commitments on-time
  • Serve as QC representative/SME in cross-functional, cross-departmental working teams and/or working with outside vendors to meet all laboratory needs
  • Establish and communicate performance objectives for staff that are consistent with department, site and company goals
  • Ensure all lab personnel have adequate training, education, and experience to perform their GMP related job function effectively
  • Leads planning and coordination of method validations, and method transfers
  • Reviews, and/or approve data, SOPs, COAs, analytical methods, protocols, reports, OOS/OOT investigations and deviations
  • Monitor, track and publish lab metrics for the department and take actions as necessary
  • Provides developmental feedback and coaching to direct reports to create a collaborative environment that attracts, develop and retains personnel
  • Leads compliance and efficiency related teams working towards the goal of continuous improvement to increase value and efficiency

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of analytical methodologies such as chromatography, dissolution, and Karl Fisher and applying/interpretation of GMP requirements
  • Expertise in method validations/transfers
  • Experience in building, growing and leading a high performance team
  • Strong knowledge of US and EU cGMP regulations/guidance and experience with regulatory agency inspections.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to prioritize objectives from multiple projects, adhere to scheduled timelines while maintaining flexibility and attention to detail

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree in science or related discipline is required
  • 10 years of experience in pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry with 6 years of increasing management responsibility, or the equivalent combination of education and experience


Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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