Sr. Quality Systems Specialist

Req ID #:  180011

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

For 70 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

Sr Quality Systems Specialist will report to the manger in the Quality Systems organization, which manages oversite of GMP systems such as deviations, CAPA, Change control, OOSs, and document control.  You will support the site’s execution of and compliance to GMP, GDP, and FDA requirements by maintaining QMS data and overseeing the quality of regulatory documentation


The essential duties/responsibilities include:

  • Lead Quality Systems processes and assist plant wide departments with quality systems process (e.g. Investigations, CAPA, Change Control, etc)
  • Train QA Specialist I and II team members on pertinent use of QMS (Investigations, CAPA, Change Control, etc)
  • Lead cross functional meetings to drive efficiency in quality document completion
  • Audit and support performance of investigations, CAPAs, Change controls, etc
  • Provide site wide coaching on quality systems utilized in the site
  • Serve as acting manager in the absence of the Quality Systems Manager
  • Support Quality Systems processes and assist plant wide departments with quality systems process (e.g. Investigations, CAPA, Change Control, etc)
  • Prepare and communicate Quality Systems performance metric
  • Revise Standard Operating Procedures as assigned by management
  • Lead continuous improvement projects in the quality organization
  • Have understanding of manufacturing processes and quality systems elements
  • Communicate with other managers for process improvements and quality concept
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Job Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in life sciences or related field required
  • Minimum of 5 years in GMP related experience in biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical or related industry OR 5-7 years of combined education/related work experience in biopharmaceutical/pharma or related industry
  • Experience with GMP regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to prioritize daily activities to meet client needs on time of established timelines in a fast- paced environment.
  • Have leadership skills in a quality environment
  • Detailed oriented


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 Cognate BioServices
Cognate BioServices, Inc., a Charles River Company, is the premier commercial-ready CDMO for cell and gene therapy needs. We are a dynamic, results-driven organization focused on providing the broadest range of expertise across the various cell types and technologies used in the commercialization of cell & gene therapies for regenerative medicine, cellular immunotherapy, and advanced cell therapy companies, organizations, and institutions.

We offer a unique combination of standard and custom services to companies across all points of clinical and commercial development. Our development and manufacturing services are focused on clients seeking rapid development of products from clinical studies into commercial manufacturing, with a unique capacity to handle all aspects of scale-up and commercial readiness.

Cognate leverages the combined know-how and expertise of its business, scientific, and technical teams to successfully develop and manufacture autologous and allogenic products across multiple cell-based technology platforms from start to finish, for you and your patients.

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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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