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Compliance Specialist



Full Time

On Site


Westborough, Massachusetts, United States

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at [Register to View] .

This position is based in Westborough, MA and is an onsite role.

Purpose and Scope:

The primary purpose of the Compliance Specialist position is to perform critical Quality Assurance (QA) compliance tasks in support of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) programs as the Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) Division moves through clinical trials and commercialization. The incumbent will foster compliance across a broad range of Quality Assurance areas and will work closely with talented counterparts in the Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Materials Management teams to help ensure high quality standards and value delivery for our patients. This position will be based at our Westborough, MA and will require onsite work.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs QA review of executed Manufacturing batch records, QC test records, raw material inspection records, and calibration records. Identifies and reports documentation errors and deviations from SOP or specifications in a timely manner. Tracks basic metrics on reviewed documents to support monthly reporting.
  • Assists with the Deviation and Corrective / Preventive Action (CAPA) programs, aids investigations and may assume investigation leader status for select deviation investigations. Helps ensure that deviation records are clearly written, technically sound, and provide thorough root cause analysis and risk assessment. May assist with monthly metrics and continuous improvement opportunities for these programs.
  • May assist with the Internal Audit program for the organization, serving as an assistant auditor to help ensure all aspects of the GMP organization remain compliant with Astellas procedures and domestic / international GMP regulations.
  • Actively participates in continuous improvement opportunities to identify efficiencies and compliance improvements to benefit department operations or the organization at large.
  • Authors (or assists in authoring) new or revised standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the QA department to satisfy new compliance requirements or improve work practices.
  • May assist senior QA staff in oversight of contract manufacturing organizations (CMO), monitoring information requests, reviewing CMO work, and following up on other compliance items.

Quantitative Dimensions:

This position will provide a direct and positive impact on the compliance of the products, equipment, facility, methods, and systems supporting current and future AIRM manufacturing processes. AIRM processes will be compliant with the strictest international regulatory standards and meet Astellas’ uncompromising focus on Quality and Integrity.

Organizational Context:

The Compliance Specialist reports to a Quality Assurance Manager or Senior Manager, who in turn reports to the Director of Quality Assurance. Quality Assurance forms one element of the organization’s “Technical Operations” team, complementing and joined by Manufacturing, Quality Control, Engineering, Materials Management, Product Development, and Translational Development.

Position is organized for a normal work schedule of Monday – Friday, day shift. In very rare instances where QA coverage is needed on weekend days or evenings, these duties will rotate within the team and be negotiated with management in advance. GMP Operations at AIRM support cell culture manufacturing platforms, which naturally run 7 days per week.