Staff Quality Engineer, Companion Diagnostics

Menlo Park, CA
Sep 30, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

As a key member of the GRAIL Companion Diagnostics (CDx) team, the Staff Quality Engineer, Companion Diagnostics will collaborate with internal teams and external partnerships to develop an operational framework to co-develop RUO and CDx programs and products. This includes mentorship and execution of program strategies and the implementation of RUO and companion diagnostics from development through regulatory approvals.
This position will provide Quality expertise and implement quality strategy, working in partnership with key functional partners to support the development, regulatory approval and commercialization of products under the GRAIL Companion Diagnostic (CDx) platform. The ideal candidate will lead and drive improvements to a work culture committed to GRAIL values - Grit, Respect, Accountability, Integrity and Leadership
You will:
  • Strategize, scope and plan quality programs to best position GRAIL’s CDx products with pharma partners, FDA and/or health authorities.
  • Partner with multi-functional team and Quality team to develop and implement Standards and Procedures fit for purpose quality systems that supports RUOs and CDx programs
  • Provide QA leadership, develop and implement the quality strategy and work in partnership with CDx partners to support development, regulatory approval, and commercialization activities, in the delivery of companion diagnostic (CDx) projects within GRAIL.
  • In collaboration with the Design Control team and other Quality team members, lead all design control activities including design inputs, design and development planning, design reviews, design verification and validation, test method validation, and design transfer efforts are compliant and meet regulatory expectations.
  • Interact with new potential pharma partners to develop business opportunities; educate and guide on joint standard methodologies and strategies.
  • Take a lead role to ensure product safety by driving risk management activities including reviewing risk management plans, collaborating with vendors and facilitating system risk assessments.
  • Ensures adequate execution and quality oversight of programs vital for global registration and commercialization of RUOs and CDx
  • Support the development and review of Standard Operating Procedures and policy guidelines for Quality interactions with key CDx partnerships.
  • Supports Regulatory Affairs in providing quality content and review of documents supporting CDx submissions to Health authorities globally.
  • Provide consultative and training support to the business teams and core team personnel related to product development strategies, design control, and co-development best practices.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned

Your background and qualifications will include:
  • B.S./B.A. in a science or related life science field; advanced degree preferred.
  • Certification from ASQ and/or PMI preferred but not required
  • 8+ years of relevant experience, including 3+ years of Medical Device and/or IVD experience
  • Comprehensive experience with design control and risk management
  • Experience with Companion Diagnostics (CDx) partnerships/programs and product development
  • Experience in diagnostics or biomarker development with emphasis on oncology a plus
  • Pharma clinical/statistical/regulatory experience in oncology, immunology or related field a plus
  • Direct experience in the development of in vitro diagnostics, ideally within a companion diagnostics framework including solid understanding of the current and evolving global regulatory environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of QSR regulations, GMP manufacturing, ISO13485, ISO 14971, and FDA and EU medical device regulations
  • Understanding of GCP/GCLP, CLIA, CAP, ISO15189 laboratory requirements
  • Experience performing due diligence and auditing vendors
  • Experience performing and hosting due diligence activities, auditing and vendor management
  • Knowledge and experience in validation in highly regulated manufacturing environments
  • Implement complex concepts, techniques, and standards and new applications based on quality principles and theories
  • Implement solutions to complex problems, which require a high degree of resourcefulness, creativity and innovativeness
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required
  • Must be able to work in a biohazard environment and follow safety policies and standards outlined in the Safety Manual.

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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