Posted to MedZilla on 5/24/2017


England, Global Director, Validation (Product Life Cycle Management) VA_CR_00001-MZ


A large global pharmaceutical company with leading products across various therapeutic areas is looking to hire a Global Director, Validation (Product Life Cycle Management) to work in Ware, UK - although this position can be based anywhere in Europe.  This is an exciting opportunity to work at a top 10 global pharmaceutical company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide.

Job Role:

This Global Director, Validation role takes charge of Global Process Validation/Product Life Cycle Management and ensures they are in line with regulatory thinking, external best practice and are easily understood and practical. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for defining GLOBAL Validation/PLM QMS Standards, ensuring these up to date with current and emerging regulatory requirements. Also advising key stakeholders on the potential impacts of new/emerging regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for benchmarking GLOBAL Validation / PLM standards against external industry. Ensuring that the Validation/PLM standard, tools and templates reflect industry best practices, are easy to interpret and are practical.
  • Responsible for the governance framework for Process Validation / PLM in GLOBAL; forming and leading a cross-supply chain forum to maintain and govern the Validation/PLM standards, tools and templates.
  • Ensuring appropriate governance in place to deploy consistent platform validation strategies across sites making the same product/family of products. Ensure PLM governance aligns with QC governance and with PQRM and Product Dashboard.
  • Drive the development/application of a consistent training approach for Validation/PLM across GLOBAL. 
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate training material, eLearning modules and training curricula available to supply chains /sites to support deployment of the validation/PLM standards, tools and templates. 
  • Ensure that training material focuses not only on regulatory requirements but also on identifying targeted PLM interventions to deliver business results.
  • Responsible for ensuring standards allow for interaction between API drug substance, drug product, and/or devices e.g. in risk assessment standard etc.
  • Lead global validation community of practice to progress adoption of best practices, and to share learnings from real-life examples across GLOBAL.
  • Coach global teams as required in the development of complex validation plans involving multiple sites and formulations to ensure on quality/time/cost delivery of projects with significant contribution to business results (i.e. new product introduction, strategic tech transfer, material changes etc.)

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, pharmacy or related scientific discipline OR MSc or PhD
  • Engineering or science particularly in areaofPharmaceuticals, Healthcare product development and production, with special emphasis on equipment, product and process understanding. Experience across multiple dose forms preferred.
  • Previous experience of working with multidisciplinary teams, both at site and central levels.
  • Proven capability of leading organisational change
  • +15 years of experience in Pharmaceutical / Consumer Healthcare technical manufacturing or product development organisations.
  • Practical experience in management and execution of process validation in pharmaceutical environment
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing and development, working with a broad range of pharmaceutical dose forms and APIs Knowledge of drug product control strategies and unit operations across multiple dose forms

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