Ref #: 33029

Employment type: Permanent - Full-Time

Location: Belgium

Posted: 18-Nov-2021


Key responsibilities:

* The Local Q&C Specialist is responsible for performing activities within the assigned country/countries that (1) ensure an integrated and comprehensive quality compliance approach for clinical trials in close collaboration with local and global quality functions, and (2) ensure clinical trials are performed in compliance with local laws and regulations, industry standards and global processes and procedures.
* Monitor compliance risk and ensure mitigation/remediation actions are defined
* Monitor progress and confirm effectiveness of remediation plans, e.g. by performing QC checks or special investigations and plan, prepare, conduct and report QC checks and compliance assessments to ensure risk signals are addressed in a timely manner. More specifically perform the following risk based activities:
o Conduct On-Site Quality Monitoring Visits
o Perform assigned reviews of Trial Master File, training compliance documentation and other checks per QP&S Integrated Quality Plan for the trial
o Planning and execution of local QC checks
o Support and advise local and central study teams in root cause analysis of significant observations
o Ensure appropriate filing of the QC reports
* Support Quarterly Quality Reviews with local GCO management addressing compliance issues and risk signals
* Collaborate with local and central business partners to facilitate (local) inspections and office audits as needed
* Collaborate with local and central business partners in timely CAPA setting and implementation
* Provide Quality Event Management (QEM) CAPA Champion support. Moderate level of risk awareness and ability to translate risks into actions
* Support the local impact assessment of global procedural documents and if applicable support development and management of associated local procedural documents Local Onboarding and Consultation
* Support onboarding of new hires
* Manage local workshops to support QMS and compliance awareness, Lessons Learned, etc
* Provide advice regarding SOP, system and GCP questions of moderate complexity
* Supports managing risk at the country level, including assessing root causes and developing effective actions to mitigate risk

Local regulatory intelligence
* Perform impact assessments of new/revised local regulations, guidance and standards
* Support central functions in ensuring local intelligence is up to date (e.g., TRace, IRON)
* Collaboration with Business Quality
* Support LOC Management Review in collaboration with LOC Business Quality partners
* Support local vendor assessments as appropriate
* Support annual Due Diligence update, certification and training of local vendors, if applicable

Required experience and qualifications:

* A minimum of a Bachelor Degree in Science (BSc) or Arts (BA) or 4-6 years relevant experience equivalent is required.
* A minimum of 3 years of previous Pharmaceutical Industry experience is required, with at least 2 years of GxP experience within clinical research and development and/or quality assurance
* Knowledge of the overall drug development process
* Developing or developed skills and knowledge of business processes and practices (i.e., SOPs governing clinical research activities)
* Experience in quality assurance activities, including audits of clinical investigative sites, systems and vendors, and audits of regulatory submissions is an asset
* Ability to translate data into information and strategies into executable action plans improving the business
* Ability to motivate professional colleagues and stakeholders
* Conflict resolution/management and negotiation skills
* Ability to independently plan, organize, coordinate, manage and execute assigned tasks
* Experience of the key customers’ business processes and practices
* Good working knowledge of FDA/ICH and country-specific regulations and guidelines related to clinical development
* Experience with regulatory submissions (NDA, BLA) is an asset
* Problem solver - Collaborator - Highly committed to quality - Flexible and persistent
* Good conflict handling/negotiation skills
* Able to create win-win situations with internal and external partners
* Knowledge of the corporate structure and culture
* Impact - Complexity and Scope - Contributes to the definition and development of new processes, standards or operational plans in support of the organizational/ business strategies, with a direct impact on business unit/function overall results. - Typically has responsibility for smaller scope projects. - Manages limited number of projects, including some of moderate complexity. Leads smaller scope projects. - Contributes to local and regional strategy
* Nature of Communication - Influences or persuades others within area of immediate responsibility, scope and level to accept new ideas, approaches and concepts.
* Innovation: - Identifies issues; exercises judgment in developing new approaches/solutions and resolving issues within immediate area of responsibility and scope
* Requires limited supervision. Possess good written, oral communication, interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and presentation skills and customer service
* Excellent knowledge of Dutch and English is required
* Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

Remuneration & other details:

• Possibility to get a foot in the door of one of the biggest and most successful global pharmaceutical companies and develop an interesting career in the pharmaceutical domain
• Office based in Antwerp region, plus home-based possibilities
• Unlimited permanent contract
• Friendly work atmosphere
• Competitive fringe benefits package (company car + fuel card, insurances, recuperation time, pension, meal-vouchers, eco-cheques, …)

Benefits of Working at ICON:

Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities and quality of our people. That’s why we are committed to developing our employees in a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge you with engaging work and where every experience adds to your professional development.

At ICON, our focus is to provide you with a comprehensive and competitive total reward package. In addition, our best in class employee benefits, supportive policies and wellbeing initiatives are tailored to support you and your family at all stages of your career - both now, and into the future.

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