Requisition ID:  29166

Quality Specialist

Job Summary

The Quality Specialist is a productive professional who works under general supervision to achieve day to day objectives with moderate impact to the Office of Indiana State Chemist.  This position works with the Quality Assurance Director to achieve and maintain excellence in performance within processes implemented and documented for all Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) employees.  In this role, you will help to support moving OISC laboratories towards ISO 17025 compliance. Primarily, you will maintain, improve, and keep current SOPs, methods, CAPAs, calibrations, change management, and training required for compliance with FDA, EPA, DEA, USDA, or Purdue policies and agreements.  In addition, you will collaborate directly with each lab section to harmonize, develop, improve, and audit quality processes in support of nationally recognized standards or regulatory requirements.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Approves CAPA and change control documentation for administrative, investigative, and laboratory support activities throughout the agency
  • Prepare and maintain necessary control documentation charts and metrics.  
  • Manage pipette, balance, temperature recorder, and other necessary calibration programs
  • Maintains knowledge of national developments regarding contracts, national groups such as FERN, EPA Region 5 and AFRPS
  • Involvement in association related quality programs with FDA, EPA, or USDA, to stay current with expected practices and national issues related to QA/QC activities
  • Serves on committees and boards of professional associations related to the positionActive participation in the OISC safety committee and quarterly safety meetings
  • Interacts with REM around proper disposal of hazardous materials and wastes, preparation of inventory reports, integrated safety audits, and other related Purdue safety requirements

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, physical science, life science, or closely related
  • 2 years’ experience in a pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, food science, or microbiological laboratory environment
  • In lieu of degree, an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. (Associate's + 4 years of experience; HS/GED + 6 years of experience - this may include active participation in AASCO, AAPCO, AAFCO, or AAPFCO being considered as an indicator of experience)
  • Understanding of ISO 17025, ISO 9001, verification and validation of methods and electronic records in an analytical laboratory
  • Knowledge of writing SOPs or other technical documents
  • Knowledge of standards and accreditation processes subject to an ISO 17025, or similar
  • Ability to assess and improve processes, evidenced by work experience
  • Demonstrated qualities of leadership, self-motivation, compliance conscientiousness
  • Ability to work with others successfully as an individual or participating in a team environment in a diverse workplace
  • Strong English verbal and written skills

What We'd Like You to Know:

  • This position offers a hybrid schedule. 75% onsite, 25% remote
  • Learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary,
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A Background Check is required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

What You'll Get in Return:

All university employees are afforded a generous benefits package,, including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions. As part of Purdue University’s expansive employee benefit package, the University is proud to offer its employees the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance by offering a tuition remission opportunity at both Purdue University and Purdue Global.

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