Pharmacovigilance Functional Strategy Lead, Associate Director

€0.00 - €90000.00 per annum
  1. Permanent
  2. Good Pharmacovigilance Practice (GVP)
  3. Ireland
Posting date: 15 Mar 2019

ProClinical is advertising a vacancy for a Pharmacovigilance Functional Strategy Lead, Associate Director Quality Assurance position with one of the largest CROs in the global market that specialises in technological advancements and access to real-world data. This organisation is seeking for a talented individual to join their team in Ireland.

The Pharmacovigilance Functional Strategy Lead will be a trusted partner in the function head and team, providing prospective and strategic QA input into operational improvement initiatives and QA analytics/insights to drive continuous improvement. They will continuously be vital in ensuring robust and effective issue management and assisting operations to maintain inspection readiness, whilst navigating rapidly evolving clinical development and regulatory environments.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conducting annual Process Robustness Assessment and ongoing risk analysis of Pharmacovigilance (PV) systems and processes to recommend process audits for the Global Annual Audit Plan.
  • Reviewing process audit plans and audit reports and supporting the audit team in agreeing the CAPAs.
  • Working with PV counterparts to maintain Key Core Processes (KCPs) and associated EDA classifications.
  • Monitoring progress with PV Process Owners' strategies and action plans to improve existing KCPs.
  • Supporting the investigation of current/recurring key issues or findings related to PV by reviewing the existing processes, CAPAs to identify gaps, and making recommendations to the Lead QA and operations.
  • Supporting and overseeing/facilitating the processing of Quality issues in accordance with CS_OP_002 (Managing Critical Process-Related Qis and Critical Multi-Customer Related Qis as a Lead QA; Consulting on the review of CAPAs, Critical Notification Forms, and Serious Breaches) for PV.
  • Overseeing the status of approved preventive actions to address improvement opportunities with PV processes.
  • Working with the PV Functional Head and their representatives to ensure efficient and timely processing of audit reports/findings and Quality Issues in their domain.
  • Monitoring, cataloguing, proactively contributing to, tracking the actions agreed from, and working with operations to establish the effectiveness of improvement initiatives undertaken by PV.
  • Monitoring, cataloguing, proactively contributing to, tracking the actions agreed from, and working with operations to establish the effectiveness of improvement initiatives undertaken by PV.
  • Monitoring, cataloguing, and proactively contributing to the development of new service offerings relating to PV and working with operations to establish the effectiveness of those offerings.
  • Providing consultancy and input into incremental process improvements, such as advising on SOP content.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of emerging regulations and emerging/changing interpretations of regulations
  • Maintaining strong links with Customer Account Leads to monitor emerging/changing expectations of customers with respect to PV's systems and processes, assess the risks, and provide feedback recommendations to the function.
  • Hosting or supporting Regulatory inspections as the SME for PV.
  • Hosting or supporting customer audits as the SME for PV.
  • Reviewing audit findings and Quality Issue/Nonconformance events as they relate to PV on an ongoing basis.
  • Facilitating periodic management quality reviews with PV and capturing and tracking agreed actions.
  • Collaborating with Quality Managers (QMs) to remain aligned on emerging Operational risk trends.
  • Supporting QA colleagues in the oversight of the practices of other Business Areas, conducting work allied to PV.
  • Providing updates and overviews of the insights and initiatives associated with PV.
  • Sharing the identified KCP level action plans with others in QA to prevent repetitive Preventative action plans.
  • Contributing ideas for improvements in the services of the Functional Strategy Team and to the development of new, more impactful, efficient, and effective ways of working.

Skills and Requirements:

  • A University Degree a related discipline.
  • At least five years of experience working in Pharmacovigilance Quality Assurance.
  • Experience working with a CRO is desirable, but not a pre-requisite.
  • Experience in hosting customer audits and regulatory inspections is an advantage, but not a pre-requisite.
  • Strong knowledge of pharmaceutical research, development processes, and regulatory environments.
  • A detailed working knowledge of quality assurance processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrable experience of maintaining up-to-date knowledge of regulatory requirements, including changes in requirements and expectations.
  • Demonstrable multitasking, project management, and execution skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including communication, presentation, persuasion, and influence.
  • Good organisational skills, including efficiency, punctuality, and collaboration in a team environment.
  • Proficiency with computer skills, such as MS Office.
  • Director Level.

To Apply:

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