Sr. Director Quality Assurance

Req ID #:  190871

Memphis, TN, US, 38118 Memphis, TN, US, 38118

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly. 

Job Summary

The Sr. Director Quality Assurance will be responsible for the conceptualization, development, implementation/ deployment and improvement of current and future Quality Assurance and regulatory affairs functions.  This person is the chief regulatory contact with all national and international regulatory authorities for any client or local concerns relating to the Memphis Manufacturing Operations.   This position is also a chief client contact for development and manufacturing and associated quality activities in all matters relating to quality and regulatory compliance and is expected to participate in client negotiations and client interactions, as requested by the CRL business development functions and the Memphis Site Head.  This person is expected to have a mastery of all current and modern quality assurance and quality control concepts relating to cell and gene therapy production and associated regulations.    

  • Responsible for all regulatory strategy for the Memphis Manufacturing Operations.
  • Operate as the Head of QA for the Memphis CDMO Operations, with the final and authoritative word on all matters relating to quality, including lot rejection or acceptance. 
  • Implement necessary regulatory changes and updates to regulatory and compliance approaches. 
  • Oversee any training and Management briefings needed at any technical level required on updates and regulatory requirements for Cell and Gene Therapy manufacturing and controls.
  • Be a known subject master expert in all necessary functions for effective cell and gene therapy manufacturing and control, including contamination control, cross-contamination controls, validation, regulatory compliance and modern facility and system control strategies. 
  • Responsible for the conceptualization, deployment, implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of all Quality Management Systems (QMS). 
  • Reponsible for all Quality Operations functions at Memphis Manufacturing, including lot/ batch disposition and resolution of CAPA and deviations, for all phases of the product development life cycle, from pre-IND to commercial production. 

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum BS/BA Life Sciences or related field. An advanced degree in the life sciences is preferred, but not essential, based on experience
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a biologics, pharmaceutical, medical device, or related industry.  Previous experience in Cell and Gene Therapy is desirabl
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Complete competency with electronic document managements systems and other information management systems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) is essential.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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