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Lead, SQ Assurance

Req # JR - 016369 Location Round Lake, Illinois, United States Job Category Quality Control Date posted 02/15/2020

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Define and monitor Quality system requirements to suppliers within the Finished Good and Contract Manufacturing space

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set Quality system requirements to suppliers within the Finished Good and Contract Manufacturing space
  • Perform Qualification of suppliers of medical device, pharmaceutical, combination devices, and/or biologics standards and oversee their placement on the Approved Supplier List (ASL), including ensuring the creation and maintenance of supporting evidence (Supplier Master File)
  • Conduct and oversee supplier audits-qualification and re-qualification, including finding closure; Collect, trend and report supplier quality metrics
  • Oversee and negotiate Quality Agreements between suppliers and Baxter.
  • Improve/develop quality systems at selected suppliers for QMS and compliance improvement
  • Develop purchasing controls processes, procedures and systems, including those for BOM, non-BOM, services, spare parts and Third Party Finished Goods
  • Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of purchasing controls and supplier quality processes and procedures, including Quality Agreements
  • Assist in preparing for and defending Purchasing Controls in inspections by external agencies or internal Baxter audits of Purchasing Controls processes; Manage and oversee Purchasing controls CAPA, including root cause identification, and effective and timely closure
  • Develop and/or deliver training to internal teams and suppliers.
  • Execute SCAR management, effective and timely closure and Review/risk assessment of Supplier Quality Notifications and their escalation to SCARs and NCR where needed Accountable for NCR as assigned, conducting NCR timeliness and effectiveness reviews, and trending for corrective/preventive actions,
  • Support Manufacturing, Regulatory, Quality and Purchasing organization for third party suppliers related activities, as applicable.


  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Good communications, facilitation, coordination and team skills
  • Project management skills managing multiple issues of moderate to high complexity relatively independently with minimal supervision/instructions
  • Ability to manage the Quality relationship with assigned key suppliers/stakeholders - Competence in supporting on-site/off-site supplier quality development including coordination/management of resources
  • Multi-tasking skills in a demanding fast paced environment
  • Superior time-management skills
  • Attention to details and a passion for quality
  • Superior written and oral communications skill sets - Willingness to travel (up to 50%)

Education and/or experience

  • Higher level of technical education (e.g., Science degree, Diploma, or Alternative); Engineering degree preferred.
  • Requires 7+ years of experience in Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering or related field; electromechanical industry experience needed. 
  • Experience in other related finished good experience a plus (e.g., automotive, aerospace, combination products, pharmaceuticals)
  • Manufacturing experience is required in electromechanical industry; knowledge of populated circuit boards, power supply, monitors, hardware.
  • Experience auditing manufacturing facilities
  • Experience in root cause analysis, corrective and preventive action methods; Expertise/experience in problem solving with quality tools such as:   6-sigma / 8-D / CAPA / FMEA / 5WHY etc. - Experience with data analysis and reporting using basic Excel toolkit and advanced statistical /process packages such as Minitab or Visio and PowerPoint. 

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