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Jr. Quality Engineer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Location Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaUS Job ID JR-023099

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If you are seeking a meaningful, impactful, and stimulating career, look no further.

In this role, the Quality Engineer for the PKIG Laboratory will provide support to the Laboratory Director, Site Manager, and all supervisors on all quality related matters.  S/he will work with the Sr. Quality Engineer / Quality Manager to develop and implement training and education programs, to educate workers and management on quality processes, standards, and results.  Assist in performing internal and external audits, maintaining proficiency testing records and quality metrics. S/he will participate in quality meetings with pertinent site management.  A strong candidate for this position will be able to maintain good rapport and communication with leadership and team members while ensuring solid execution of all quality programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice and support to the Quality Manager and testing personnel on quality issues.
  • Assist in the implementation of assurances, process controls, and CAPA systems designed to meet or exceed internal and external requirements
  • Understand the Document Control System (PolicyTech) to ensure SOPs, Trainings and Policies are current versions and assigned appropriately.  Notify Department leaders of employee signoffs not completed within deadlines.
  • Assist in the review of all SOPs, validations, and incident reports to ensure they meet Quality standards and adhere to company guidelines.
  • Participate in the maintenance of laboratory licensure as required by CLIA and local regulations.
  • Quality assurance and control of laboratory performance through internal and external audits
  • Training & Education:  Assist with training and education programs, to educate employees and management on quality processes, standards, and results
  • Project Management: Participate in the planning, initiation, and management of quality improvement projects
  • Lead and implement various product and process improvement methodologies (e.g., Six Sigma)
  • Maintain good communication with leadership, team members and customers
  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements. Understand ergonomic relationship between people, equipment and working environment.
  • Familiarity with operation of laboratory instruments and applicable computer software.
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences/or clinical laboratory science.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in quality management or in a clinical laboratory.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Quality Assurance, statistical Quality Control, and laboratory regulations/accreditation requirements required.
  • Previous experience of working in quality in clinical molecular biology or infectious disease testing labs as a Lab Technologist
  • Knowledge of CLIA regulations and familiar with local regulations
  • Partner and work collaboratively with laboratory operations staff
  • Proven track record of delivering continual positive process improvement in systems and process.
  • Proven leadership and excellent organization and communication skills
  • A good balance of negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Be detail oriented, organized, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work effectively and able to deliver on tight datelines
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

Working Conditions: (describe office, lab environment, include shifts and any travel)

  • Clinical and research lab environment; exposure to blood borne pathogens; must wear personal protective equipment including lab coat, gloves and completely closed footwear while in the Laboratory.
  • Travel is not required.

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, use a keyboard, type, and occasionally stand and move to other parts of the lab
  • Must have manual dexterity to use lab equipment
  • Reach above/below the shoulder, bend at the knees and waist
  • Able to lift boxes up to 25 pounds
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