Science, Pharmaceutical & Food

QA Specialist

  • Contract
  • Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland
  • 42016915

The role:

PE Global is currently recruiting for a QA Specialist on behalf of a leading pharmaceutical company based in Carlow. This is an initial 11-month contract role.


**This is a 4-shift cycle role**



Responsible for ensuring that the process for the manufacture of drug product at our Carlow site is in compliance with cGMP and the associated regulatory requirements. Responsible for reviewing and approving GMP documentation to support corporate compliance/regulatory expectations for manufacturing operations. Ensure that objectives are effectively achieved, consistent with requirements to ensure compliance, safety and reliable supply to our customers.




  • Review and approval of all manufacturing batch documentation including electronic batch records, real time reports, master data using the site systems.
  • Review and approval of SOP’s, cleaning verification/validation data and other documents as necessary for the IPT department.
  • Drive effective writing/revising/ rolling out of accurate operational procedures, training materials and maintenance procedures for various Quality related systems; ensure all work is subsequently carried out in line with same.
  • Support the development and implementation of improved quality reporting measures.
  • Liaise with the Quality Specialists/QP/QA Lead to resolve queries relating to batch manufacturing process.


Quality Oversight:

  • Work collaboratively to drive a safe and compliant culture in Carlow.
  • Work shift patterns in line with manufacturing operations to ensure Quality oversight as required.
  • Provide effective real time on the floor support for day to day manufacturing operations for example area clearances, batch record reviews, aseptic operations.
  • Provide quality input into decision making process on the shopfloor ensuring that product quality is maintained.
  • Provide training in all aspects of Quality Management Systems and GMP.
  • Ensure all work is carried out in line with SOP’s, training or other quality systems such as change controls where applicable.
  • Facilitate compliance direction for the site by assisting in the adherence to divisional policies and guidelines as well as regulatory requirements.
  • Identify and facilitate major compliance initiatives to improve compliance status and overall operational efficiency of the site.
  • Actively participate in Plant/Quality committees and works with other site functional groups, such as the Microbiology Laboratory, Production, Utilities, Site Services, and Maintenance to help set direction for plant wide GMP initiatives.
  • Drive compliance with Merck Global Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, regulatory requirements and execute current Good manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day to day activities and all applicable job functions.
  • Aid the effective implementation of the Quality Management System and facilitate the continuous improvement of same ensuring the Quality Management Systems are accurate and complete; review on a continuous basis. Be an advocate of continuous improvement in the Quality Management Systems.



Continuous Improvement:

  • Partner with colleagues cross functionally to provide support and advice on day-to-day basis and on a project basis including communications, training, project work, audit/inspection duties, investigations, batch work, customer queries etc.; thereby ensuring IPT is audit/inspection ready. Conduct area inspections for IPT as appropriate.
  • Initiate and maintain Quality related metrics, ensuring effective communication and follow up of same. Such ongoing monitoring/metrics gathering may include:
  • Monitoring of quality systems,
  • The self-inspection program,
  • Verification of the effective implementation of key GMP programs
  • Effectiveness of Preventative Actions
  • Leadership activities including selection, development, coaching, and day to day management. Ensure that the team receives appropriate resources and programs to develop technical and other skills, to complete their jobs whilst stimulating personal growth and development in line with role. Develop and maintain training programs.
  • Required to comply with Global and regulatory requirements and execute current good manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day-to-day activities and all applicable job functions.


Education and Experience:

  • Third level degree qualified in science/technical or related discipline
  • Relevant experience in a quality role, ideally in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
  • Knowledge of US and European cGMP guidelines, and other international regulatory requirements, as applicable to the site.
  • GMP Audit experience in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Problem-solving / critical thinking – ability to understand connections between different technical/quality system areas and recognize potential compliance issues and trends.
  • Communication, decision making, people influencing, and project management skills will be important.
  • Report, standards, policy writing skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to make and act on decisions while balancing speed, quality and risk.
  • Ability to provide innovative ideas to improve quality and compliance that create value including seeking new information and external insights.


Interested candidates should submit an updated CV.


Please click the link below to apply, call Kellie on 086 0200448 or alternatively send an up to date CV to


***Please note our client cannot assist with any visa sponsorship and candidates must have the correct visa to live and work in Ireland***