Head of QC laboratories (w/m/d) Job

Date: Apr 15, 2019

Location: Friesoythe, NI, DE

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Requisition ID: QUA008594

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Our Manufacturing Division is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

To strengthen our team at our location in Friesoythe we are looking for you in a full-time position as:

Head of QC laboratories (w/m/d)

The Head of Quality Control is accountable for leading the Quality Control department of the site (3 separate laboratories and a lab service support group), providing direction, coaching and support and is accountable to drive results to meet the objectives of the Quality Control division and to support the objectives of the site and the company to ensure compliant supplies at competitive cost. 

  • Responsible for a group of approximately 40 FTE, with 4 direct reports, and managing a budget of around 4 million Euros
  • Responsible for Safety requirements and application of safety, environmental and health standards in the Quality Control department
  • Ensures quality and compliance for Quality Control according to the German Law, EU and FDA, GMP regulations, such as
    • Execution of the testing for release and stability in a timely manner
    • Qualification and maintenance of QC department, premises and equipment
    • Ensures the appropriate level of quality for methods and specifications
    • Method validation and method transfer for new product introduction
    • Ensures that the initial and continuous training of QC department personnel is carried out and adapted according to need 
  • Ensures Talent development and succession planning in Quality Control department
  • Partners with Quality Assurance, Supply Chain, Procurement, Technologies, Engineering and Operations as required
  • Sponsors implementation of quality and compliance excellence and continuous improvement and efficiency improvements across the Quality Control department and supports the similar initiatives at the site level and company level as required


  • Bachelors in (Bio) Chemistry, Biology or similar
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in pharmaceutical industry or another highly regulated biological or chemical industry operating under quality standards (e.g. under ISO, USDA etc.)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in managing/leading a team or unit in manufacturing or quality labs
  • Fluent in German, good command of English
  • Leadership skills, ability to drive behavioral changes and build talents
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to think creatively
  • Continuous improvement mindset

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Experience with US-FDA and EU-GMP, knowledge of Lean and six sigma concepts, knowledge with SAP, IT skills – e.g. MS excel, MS project management 

Your role at MSD is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At MSD, we’re inventing for life.

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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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