Senior Specialist, Quality Assurance - GMP

Quality Seattle, Washington


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We offer challenging career opportunities, competitive benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards performance.

Company Description

Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation bispecific and multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer.  Zymeworks’ suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully-integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly-differentiated product candidates.

Zymeworks is seeking a Senior Associate, Quality Assurance - GMP to provide Quality oversight of Zymeworks’ clinical development programs and contribute to the development and ongoing management of the Zymeworks Quality Organization. This position will be based in Seattle and will report to the Manager of Quality Assurance, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).

As a condition of employment, Zymeworks requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide verification of such.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages vendor relationship for QA
  • Primary contact as a CMO point of contact for QA oversight of external manufacturing, including biologics, small molecule and conjugated products, drug product and labeling/packing operations.
  • Makes disposition recommendation based on reviews of executed batch records and data to ensure compliance with approved controlled documents and communicates to resolve discrepancies with contracted vendors.
  • Ensures that GMP lot file documents are accurately and properly completed by vendors, including all batch related deviations to facilitate timely batch dispositions.
  • Reviews and approves external controlled documents for GMP compliance, such as master batch records, test methods and specifications.
  • Collaborates cross-functionally with technical leads to ensure executed batch records, release and stability data are reviewed and trended to ensure GMP compliance.
  • Provides QA guidance during GMP events and initiation of deviation investigations.
  • Responds to, participates in, and may lead investigations and corrective action implementation for identified quality assurance issues including internal/external audits actions.
  • Supports audit plans and agendas, documentation of observations, authoring of reports and evaluation of corresponding audit commitments to support internal and external GMP audits.
  • Reviews and provides QA feedback for internal and external change requests for GMP compliance and to interdepartmental Change Review Board proceedings.
  • Revises Standard Operating Procedures as needed.
  • Provides guidance and mentorship to other QA specialists/associates.
  • Proactively examines/reviews systems and processes to identify/assess areas for review, improvement, change, or elimination with a focus to simplify and standardize processes. May lead and drive improvements as required.

Qualifications and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or other relevant discipline
  • 8+ years’ experience in a GMP-regulated work environment (Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Biologics/Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience reviewing GMP manufacturing batch records.
  • At least 4 years’ experience providing QA oversight of GMP manufacturing, utilizing a risk-based approach to clinical trial material manufacturing, is preferred. Knowledge of FDA/EU/Health Canada GMP Quality Requirements for GMP manufacturing

Skills and Abilities

  • Positive, enthusiastic, and customer service oriented interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a high performing team and collaborate effectively with staff at all levels and establish highly functional relationships within and outside the company.
  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Domestic and international travel (~10%) as needed.
  • Strong oral, written and listening skills.
  • Ability to assess priorities and successfully manage workload to timelines.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Understanding of basic scientific/technical concepts and ability to analyze moderate to complex data and glean basic information from the data.
  • Previous experience with electronic quality systems such as for document control, training, and change control (preferred).

NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Zymeworks values our relationships with our Recruitment Partners. We will only accept resumes from those partners whom have been contracted by a member of our Human Resources team to collaborate with us. Zymeworks is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received without contract.