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Quality Specialist - Supplier Quality

Ref: 77606

  • 50,000-55,000
  • 10 Aug 2022
  • Waterford
  • Permanent

Quality Systems Specialist

About the Company

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing site in Waterford's thriving Life Sciences sector. Working as part of an International team this role will include lots of opportunities for travel.

About the Position

In this role you will be responsible performing Supplier Quality activities associated with external suppliers. 

You will interface with R&D, Sourcing, Global Quality & Regulatory and Operations to drive improved supplier quality performance by tracking supplier performance, coordinating with procurement teams on supplier improvement efforts, and driving quality improvement initiatives,

As this role is focused on external suppliers you must be available and willing to travel 20-25% of the time, mostly within the EU and UK with some travel to the US.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and successfully execute supplier management plans which will align to overall business objectives
  • Ensure that designated suppliers are audited on a regular basis to ensure good manufacturing practices (GMP) and Regulatory requirements are met
  • Evaluates suppliers' internal functions to assess their overall performance and provides feedback in assessment of their operation
  • Identify potential risks before they become a problem, focusing on root cause analysis and preventive action
  • Perform assigned quality systems and processes audits at supplier sites which provide materials, components, sub-assemblies, and services.
  • Analyze and support the resolution of complex manufacturing and compliance issues at supplier sites
  • Collect and analyze quality metrics relating to supplier quality
  • Act as a subject matter expert in key technical areas
  • Communicate supplier quality risks to upper management identifying solutions to mitigate risks
  • Maintain approved supplier list and supplier records in accordance with quality processes
  • Participate on project teams for supplier selection activities and supplier risk management
  • Participates in supplier performance reviews and quality review meetings, as needed
  • Participates in the development of measurable KPIs and supplier quality scorecards to track and trend supplier performance
  • Train and ensure all assigned employees are aware of and comply with company policies, government procedures, and regulations.
  • Provides guidance to cross functional teams in applying supplier quality system requirements
  • Summarizes outputs, with guidance, from supplier quality management activities for organizational communication and input into management review.
  • Performs other duties as required


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in science preferred or equivalent experience in related discipline
  • Minimum three (3) years of Quality related experience.
  • Understands interpretation and application of quality standards in a regulated environment (ISO, GMP, etc.)
  • Strong communication and technical writing skills, interpretation of data, interpersonal skills, ability to work on and lead teams.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities, drive projects to completion and meet internal customer expectations
  • Working knowledge of statistical data analysis
  • Thorough understanding of risk management principles and techniques

Remuneration Package

Salary is negotiable depending on experience and a full benefits package is included.


For more information on the role or any other Engineering or Life Sciences roles call Nigel on 087 3618142 or email me or click the apply button below.

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