Specialist I, Device Quality

Lansing, MI
Jul 09, 2021
Quality, Quality Control
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type


Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.


Reporting to the Manager, Device Quality, this position is responsible for day to day implementation of Quality Systems and infrastructure appropriate for commercial manufacture in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements. Individual executes Quality requirements for the oversight of contract manufacturer of medical devices, associated testing, and supply of medical device products ensuring the realization of industry best practices for GxP.

The Quality Specialist will review and prepare for approval batch records, Deviations, CAPAs, Change Controls, Supplier Notifications.  Individual will also serve as quality approval proxy as needed, and support supplier audit activities with approximately 15% domestic and international travel (passport required).


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


•    Review and prepare for approval CMO executed manufacturing records for formulation, filling, assembly, and labeling, packaging and shipping operations of products to ensure completeness, accuracy and compliance.  
•    Review and prepare for approval of CMO production and testing procedures, batch records, specifications and validation protocols and reports.
•    Review and prepare for approval CMO related production deviations, conducting assessment of batch impact and final decision recommendations for batch disposition. Coordinate and lead cross functional teams to perform high level non-conformance investigations, including root cause analysis. Review and approval of CMO related OOS investigations.  Authorize resampling, retesting and determination of batch impact. 
•    Independently resolve discrepancies found during review with CMO Quality team.
•    Review and approve supplier and CMO change notifications. Author and coordinate applicable changes through the Emergent Change Management process as required.  
•    Review various types of documentation to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance. This includes SOP revisions, Protocols, Data Sets, Material Specifications, Validation reports.
•    Contribute to the continuous improvement of Quality review/ release processes.
•    Support the stability program for medical devices as required, facilitating communication and data acquisition between supply chain, contract manufacturers and stability program coordinator. 
•    Collaborate to support approval of Quality Technical agreements for contract manufacturing, testing, holding/ distribution facilities and raw material suppliers. Facilitate discussions between Emergent and CMO Quality organizations to establish responsibilities for Quality related functions
•    Serve as Quality Approval Proxy for all areas noted above as required (i.e. Deviation, CAPA, Batch Record documentation, Batch Release, etc.).
•    Assist audit group with scheduling, preparation, and completion of audits for contracted services and material suppliers.
•    Review and approve technology transfer activities across contract organizations for production and testing. This includes review of CMO validation protocols and reports for equipment, process and test method enhancements
•    Support regulatory department with any regulatory filings associated with new market authorizations, annual reports and change supplements 
•    Work with translation service providers to conduct translation activities for manufacturing, testing, qualification/ validation activities.
•    Responsible for identifying defects and have the authority to report device defects at any time.


The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. 


•    BA/BS (preferably in an Applied Science) or equivalent work experience.
•    Minimum 6 years of experience working in a cGMP manufacturer, Aseptic Manufacturing, Medical Device Manufacturing and previous Quality Assurance experience. 
•    Previous experience working with FDA/ EU and participating in regulatory agency inspections preferred.
•    Candidate must exhibit strong interpersonal and communication skills.  
•    Must have SOP, investigation, and project protocol writing skills and demonstrated ability to critically evaluate content of such documents.
•    Strong oral and written communication skills.
•    Ability to work independently and in a team setting with minimal supervision
•    Ability to make sound decisions regarding compliance-related issues with minimal supervision.
•    Strong Leadership, high level of personal/departmental accountability and responsibility.


There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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