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Associate Director, Quality Control Systems

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Rockville, Maryland, United States Job ID R-204608 Date posted 09/07/2024

Introduction to role

Are you ready to pioneer a new way in Quality Control? As the Associate Director of Quality Control Systems, you will be responsible for managing a functional area within the Quality Control department and laboratories at the Rockville Manufacturing Center. This role offers an opportunity to contribute to the tactical and strategic direction of our QC laboratory information systems, identify opportunities for continuous improvement, and provide operational and scientific mentorship. You will also coordinate data changes and expectations for delivery within QC and the wider network. This is your chance to lead a team with extensive GMP experience and make a real-life difference to patients.


As the Associate Director, you will lead QC Laboratory Information and Acquisitions systems, ensuring they are managed and maintained to meet the needs of the QC testing laboratory and broader network. You will provide advice and guidance to the Quality Leadership team on the latest technological developments in QC management information and communication systems. You will also manage and maintain QC information systems, static data reports, and system and coordinate changes with users and other trained administrators. Your role will also involve interfacing between systems, internal groups, and corporate IS to ensure that issues and system changes are completed within the appropriate timelines. You will actively promote continuous improvements in working practices and procedures by liaising with laboratory staff and other functions.

Essential Skills/Experience:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Biological Sciences or related discipline.

• 8+ years of experience in biopharma, medical device, or pharmaceutical manufacturing.

• 6+ years of experience with Advanced Degree (MS or PhD).

• 2+ years of managerial/supervisory experience.

• Ability to work in a matrix environment.

• Excellent communication skills (with staff, peers and upper management) and ability to develop rapport with other functional leaders to influence decision-making.

• Ability to make effective decisions in the absence of complete information and when under pressure.

• Experience in leading QC Laboratory Information and Acquisitions systems.

• Knowledge of current regulatory/industry standards and regulations applicable to QC operations.

• Experience in managing and maintaining QC information systems.

• Proven track record of promoting continuous improvements in working practices and procedures.

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That's why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we're not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

At AstraZeneca, we take Quality seriously. We have built an unrivalled reputation in Quality through our 'Total Quality' culture that takes us beyond pure compliance. Our focus on growth and innovation means there are always exciting, innovative products to quality assure as we go to market around the world. We are a team of ambitious people who want to go far, and we're all here to achieve. We are strong communicators and networkers, always working together as a team. We follow evidence to reach outcomes that benefit patients and AstraZeneca.

Are you ready to step up, follow the science, and make decisions that put patients first? Apply now for the Associate Director, Quality Control Systems role!

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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