Merck Associate Director, Quality Assurance Pharmacovigilance (Remote) in Boston, Massachusetts
The Associate Director, Pharmacovigilance (PV) Quality Assurance (QA) is accountable for the planning and execution of assigned PV QA audit activities across our organization, the Research & Development Division Headquarters (HQ), Country Operations (CO), business partners and vendors. In this role, the Associate Director, PV QA is responsible for the conduct of complex PV audits and activities. This includes preparing for and conducting assigned PV QA audits of various complexity levels and generating audit reports that clearly communicate complex observations, as applicable. In addition, responsibility for communicating results to the relevant QA management and external stakeholders and interacting with various teams to ensure corrective and preventative actions are taken to bring QA observations to closure as applicable is key for ensuring that the PV system is in compliance with our Company's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Policies, and all applicable worldwide regulations and guidelines (e.g., US FDA, EU Directives, ICH, and National regulations).
The Associate Director, PV QA is an independent contributor and team member who provides key support for successful execution of our Research & Development Division PV QA audit program following QA strategic plans and directives to ensure appropriate preparation of PV materials, communication, and reporting of information to advance patient care and promote safe and effective use of our organization's medicinal products and vaccines. This is accomplished through close partnership between PV QA and applicable business organizations. The Associate Director, PV QA may assist the Director, PV QA Lead in utilizing audit and inspection intelligence and risk mitigation plans at the highest complexity levels to assure the appropriateness and effectiveness of implementation and operation of the Research & Development Division PV QA audit program. This position supports quality activities, performs risk assessments to identify audit targets, conducts audits at all complexity levels, develops and maintains audit tools, and peer-reviews audit reports and other audit-related documentation.
The Associate Director, PV QA works as part of a team to assure quality standards are applied consistently, while allowing for flexible strategies to address the business needs. They conduct timely and efficient internal communication of resource and quality matters to the Director, PV QA Lead, as appropriate.
Under the direction of the Director, PV QA Lead, the Associate Director, PV QA is responsible to:
Represent QA as an initial or assigned point of contact in relation to PV
Conduct assigned PV routine and directed audits of country offices, vendors, third-party collaborations, systems/processes and due diligence activities
Ensures rapid communication of PV QA issues including critical audit findings, potential misconduct or issues of significant deviation within PV systems/ processes/ project to appropriate leaders and colleagues
Serve as member of assigned project teams with participation in the applicable forums, providing PV compliance advice and guidance to customers, to achieve continuous quality improvement and effective quality controls
Interface with relevant stakeholders, as appropriate to provide Good Pharmacovigilance and QA support and input
In collaboration with the PV Lead, contribute to the development of PV risk assessments and PV QA audit program initiatives
Support stakeholders in the assessment of potential root causes and remediation (corrective and preventative actions)
Participate in the development/enhancement of PV QA procedures, guidance documents, and audit tools to ensure PV QA consistency globally
Develop and deliver awareness sessions with minimal supervision on various PV QA topics internally and externally
Act as a strong technical resource and is called upon to resolve PV issues based on knowledge of relevant SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), PV regulations and guidelines as well as local regulations
Promotes standardization of PV auditing approaches
Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for functional group processes, systems, and regulatory knowledge
Assist with the preparation or review of relevant SOPs or policies relevant to Research & Development Division PV QA or partnering Research & Development Division organizations
Maintain an independent and non-biased role in working with customer area
Interface with internal QA functions to ensure appropriate quality oversight of interfacing areas, systems, and third parties
Provide guidance and collaborate with other PV QA auditors, as appropriate, to assure adequate audit focus and timely knowledge transfer
Qualifications & Skills:
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in life sciences.
A minimum of 8 years QA experience, preferably related to pharmacovigilance, or relevant experience in pharmacovigilance coupled with auditing experience
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of global health authority pharmacovigilance requirements, guidance, and expectations. This should include FDA, EMA, and MHRA, at a minimum.
Demonstrated knowledge of global health authority GCP and GMP requirements and guidance (ICH) in areas that intersect with pharmacovigilance.
Demonstrated understanding of Quality Systems concepts and processes and how auditing and other QA activities support the growth and maturity of the system.
Proven ability to interact with a variety of disciplines to execute and optimize processes
Pharmacovigilance: Excellent knowledge of pharmacovigilance, including practical application of applicable global regulations and guidelines is essential. Awareness of industry trends and hot topics relating to pharmacovigilance.
Quality Assurance Technical Expertise: Strong quality orientation and excellent knowledge of quality principles. Demonstrated knowledge of principles of quality assurance. Strong auditing skills.
Logic and Analytical Skills: Demonstrated use of rigorous logic and analytical methods to solve difficult problems and identify effective solutions. Probes all sources for answers; can identify hidden problems, common themes, and causal links. Goes beyond the obvious and seeks novel approaches to complex situations.
Communications: Able to communicate complex information and analyses to a variety of scientific and non- scientific audiences in both verbal and written formats. Articulates key issues clearly and concisely. Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills. Communicates effectively and builds a collaboration spirit in a remote/virtual environment and across countries, cultures and functions.
Project Management: Mastery of processes, tools and techniques for planning and monitoring multiple complex projects to established deadlines. Manages and resolves conflicting priorities and is accountable to deliver on commitments.
Management/Supervision: Able to mentor less experienced staff to represent the full knowledge and experience base of QA in their stakeholder interactions.
Leadership: Act independently to make key timely decisions with limited oversight by management.
Creative Thinking: Ability to operationalize ideas proposed. Open to new ideas or ways of working. Encourages and influences creative thinking.
Understanding Customer Needs: Ability to influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders to promote positive interactions and successful relationships. Take action to persuade. Proactive management of potential/actual conflict scenarios, with effective use of emotional intelligence.
Influencing/ Negotiations/ Conflict management and resolution: Ability to work in a culturally diverse environment. Consistently takes a tactful approach to global thinking and cultural sensitivity. Demonstrates a mutual respect for differences.
Change Management: Effectively implements procedures to support effective change management. Copes with ambiguity in the business environment and able to reach decisions and solutions. Demonstrates resilience to the demands and changing needs of the business.
Working in a Matrix: Accepts and champions working in a matrix model within and outside of QA organization
Network and Alliance Building/Peer Relationships: Interacts with a variety of disciplines to establish policy and optimize processes. Demonstrated ability to work with or lead a team in a matrix structure.
Strategic Thinking: Effectively applies skills to drive or participate in change efforts to enhance processes within Research & Development Division QA or across areas within Research & Development Division that improve quality and /or add value to the business.
Project Management: Demonstrates advanced ability to organize work efforts and utilize resources to deliver or support work products in accordance with timelines and appropriate regulations.
Decision Making: Effectively applies skills to utilize knowledge, networks and data to support rapid decision making with support of Research & Development Division QA management.
Business Operations/Knowledge of Field: Effectively applies knowledge of regulations and business trends and applies this knowledge to optimize daily activities and collaborates with Research & Development Division QA management to make appropriate decisions that improves the quality of business and functional area outputs.
Readiness to travel locally around 30% of the time.
Ability to work efficiently in a remote and virtual environment.
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