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Quality Assurance Manager

Job Introduction

Thanks for checking out our vacancy, we’re delighted you want to learn more about Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Dechra are a growing, global specialist within the world of veterinary pharmaceuticals. Our expertise is in the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of high quality products exclusively for veterinarians worldwide.

Here at Dechra, our values are embedded within our culture and thrive within our family of almost 2000 colleagues globally. From manufacturing to marketing, (D)edication, (E)njoyment, (C)ourage, (H)onesty, (R)elationships and (A)mbition are at the heart of our everyday operations and the way we do business

The Opportunity 

Maintain and improve the Quality Systems within Dechra Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Skipton. Promote, develop and oversee compliance of company quality system. Effectively assuring compliance of customer requirements by managing quality policies, standards, procedures, programs and practices while driving and facilitating continuous improvement.

Role Responsibility

So, what will you be doing? This role has a broad and varied remit and the successful candidate will have responsibility for duties including:

  • To oversee quality and ensure a strong factory floor presence within the Manufacturing and Packaging areas
  • To support the CAPAs, Deviations, Audits and Vendor Quality Management Programs
  • To promote quality culture across the site by liaising with cross functional teams
  • To develop and manage the QA team and provide coaching and mentoring on Quality Management Systems
  • To participate in internal and external audits, and support vendor quality management activities
  • To conduct compliance risk assessments, trend analysis and provide recommendations for compliant business activities
  • To focus on continuous improvement of processes. Update procedures and policies as needed to maintain compliance and improvement
  • To establish, track and present Quality Metrics to support Quality Management Review
  • To provide guidance for higher level decisions required for change management and deviation investigations
  • To provide support and participate in internal and external, and other regulatory agency inspections (IGJ, FDA, EMA, etc.)
  • To assist the QA with the planning of required internal annual audits and other audits as needed and assigned
  • To conduct training and coaching of the QA team members on the how to conduct audits, documentation of findings, support for auditee development of audit action plans and evaluation of effectiveness checks as well as review/evaluate adequate completion of all planned actions via supporting documentation
  • To supply feedback to the Head of Quality and SLT on any trends and serious quality issues or non-compliances that are detected by QA staff whilst carrying out duties for GMP and GDP activities
  • To liaise with auditors to ensure that the CAPAs resulting from audits associated with the assigned programmes and studies are allocated a CAPA owner and closed out appropriately and in a timely manner
  • To author, review and/or authorise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • To ensure adequate QA resources are available to deliver the agreed business targets
  • To proactively influence management regarding the adoption of standards to improve quality, efficiency and compliance within Dechra    

The Ideal Candidate

Here at Dechra we pride ourselves on being an inclusive employer and we embrace candidates from all walks of life. We’re particularly keen to hear from those who have/are:

  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of experience in Pharmaceutical industry with management experience    
  • Extensive experience in GMP manufacturing and compliance with demonstrated knowledge and experience of auditing/inspection techniques, including internal process/system and documentation audits, as well as experience of related quality assurance principles applicable to pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Competency in management and tracking of Quality Metrics- CCs, CAPAs, Deviations, Complaints, PQRs, audits and audit reports
  • Previous people leadership experience preferred
  • Previous experience working with IGJ, FDA and participating in regulatory agency inspections
  • Previous experience of project management, time management and people management

About the Company

All applications received are reviewed by our internal talent acquisition team and we will get in touch if your skills and experience match what we’re looking for. Should you not hear back from us within 28 days please don’t be too disappointed – we may keep your CV on our database for any future vacancies which may be suitable and we encourage you to keep an eye on our careers site. For any questions or queries, please contact us at

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC


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