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Associate Director, Quality Assurance

Avidity Biosciences
San Diego, California
Start date
May 13, 2023

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Quality, Quality Assurance, Quality Control
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Beach

Job Details

Company Overview

Avidity Biosciences is pioneering a new class of oligonucleotide-based therapies called AOCs designed to overcome the current limitations of oligonucleotide therapies in order to treat a wide range of serious diseases. We utilize our proprietary AOC platform to design, engineer and develop therapeutics that combine the tissue selectivity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and the precision of oligonucleotide-based therapies to access previously undruggable tissue and cell types and more effectively target underlying genetic drivers of diseases. We are passionate about the impact of every employee in bringing these potentially transformative therapeutics to patients in need. Make a difference with us.

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Quality Assurance, reporting to the Director, Quality Assurance, will be responsible for handling and managing QA oversight at Avidity’s contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), quality systems, and batch disposition activities. This is a hands-on role and the candidate will be actively involved in providing QA oversight of Avidity cGMP activities at CMOs and ensuring compliance of established procedures and quality systems. The team member will collaborate cross-functionally with various departments within the organization and CMOs, and ensure effective communication and constructive working relationships with colleagues and business partners to enable global development of Avidity therapeutics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop, improve, and maintain quality management systems, policies, and SOPs
  • Conduct review of manufacturing batch records and perform final product disposition
  • Perform review and approval of Deviations, OOSs, Change Controls, CAPAs and any other related quality records
  • Manage, track, and trend quality systems and establish metrics
  • Support and review protocols and reports for Tech-Transfer, Qualification, and Validation activities
  • Assist with implementation of QA process improvements
  • Support inspection readiness
  • Perform other duties as required


To perform this role successfully, an incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The preferred requirements listed below are representative of the skills, knowledge, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent
  • Minimum of 6 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in QA
  • Extensive knowledge of GMP regulations, ICH Guidelines, FDA regulations and Guidance
  • Good knowledge or experience in Aseptic processing
  • Experience working with CMOs, vendor selection, and management
  • Experience in conducting CMO audits is a plus
  • Ability to work independently and in a cross-functional and collaborative environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (maintain positive relationship and open communication)
  • Ability to multi-task, shift priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Detail oriented and well organized
  • Team player, professional demeanor, enthusiastic, and self-motivated
  • Experience in monoclonal antibodies and/or biologics is a plus
  • Travel 10%, as required
Salary range: $159,000 - $182,000 Salary commensurate with experience


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Our vision is to profoundly improve people’s lives by revolutionizing the delivery of RNA therapeutics. We’re utilizing our proprietary AOC platform to design, engineer, and develop therapeutics that combine the tissue selectivity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) with the precision of oligonucleotide-based therapies in order to redefine RNA therapeutics and more effectively target underlying genetic drivers of diseases. We are delivering on this vision by investing in our platform, our pipeline and our people.

Our commitment to rigorous and innovative science is matched only by our passion to see patients’ lives changed. We consistently challenge ourselves to Be AVID – Agile, Visionary, Integrated and Diverse.

We are assembling a diverse team experienced in rare disease and RNA therapies. Our team members bring expertise in research, development and commercial execution. We are focused on cultivating the right team to not only grow the company, but also to reflect the communities we serve. We are dedicated to employing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce at all levels of the organization to not only ensure that different backgrounds and perspectives are being heard and acted upon, but that our employees also feel understood, accepted and valued.


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