Engineer III, Quality Assurance

Middletown, VA
March 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.


The Clinical Diagnostics Division aims to be the leading provider of high value, innovative diagnostics solutions to select IVD market segments and a partner of choice for major OEM customers. More than 1,900 sales professionals represent an extraordinary variety of product lines: Diagnostic Reagents for drug abuse screening, therapeutic and immunosuppressant monitoring, serum toxicology, endocrine, specimen validity testing, and sepsis testing; Clinical chemistry and Molecular controls; Particle Technology; and Corporate Accounts.

Relocation is approved for this position.

Position Summary:

As the Quality Assurance Engineer, you will be a member of the Clinical Diagnostics Division Quality Team at the Middletown, VA campus reporting to the Senior Manager of Quality. This role will assist Operations to troubleshoot product issues through root cause analysis in determining corrective actions and potential risks identified through our Quality System. A hands-on individual with acute analytical ability to problem solve non-conformances is needed.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary interface between the Value Stream and Quality Assurance

  • Provide support to the Value Stream in investigating non-conformances, audit findings, CAPA, complaints, environmental alerts and SCARs by conducting risk assessment and root cause analysis and determining corrective actions.

  • Provide support to Quality Assurance in resolving NCRs and DRs, determining material dispositions, identifying supplier-caused problems and initiating SCARs to suppliers.

  • Assist in the preparation and approval of COs related to the operation and improvement of the Value Stream processes.

  • Drive continuous quality improvement in the processes related to the Value Streams. Maintain and monitor appropriate metrics to measure Value Stream quality performance. Determine continuation of the validated process state and initiate revalidation activities as necessary.

  • Support the Value Stream and Engineering by ensuring manufacturing processes and equipment have sufficient capability to meet customer requirements by analyzing capability studies, control charts and other statistical data.

  • Ensure equipment used by the Value Stream is properly validated, calibrated, maintained and verified in the calibrated or validated state.

  • Support development projects, transfer projects, process changes and engineering projects in the Value Stream to provide overall quality assurance as it relates to quality standards, inspection techniques and frequencies, statistical analysis, testing, validations, and risk assessments (FMEAs).

  • Assist in training and maintaining compliance to regulations and procedures.

  • Other related tasks as assigned by Management.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering or related discipline.

  • ASQ certified engineer and ASQ certified auditor preferred. Six Sigma/Lean certification is preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years quality experience with a medical device company.

  • Knowledge of global regulatory and quality requirements associated with medical devices.

  • Working knowledge of ISO 13485:2003, 21 CFR Part 820, IVD Directive and Canadian MDR.

  • Experience in formal problem solving in a team environment.

  • Detail oriented and has the ability to lead multiple projects and activities assigned.

  • Excellent organizational skills, planning, communication and follow up skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. SAP experience preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Normal office and manufacturing environment.

  • Position will require frequent communication with and walking to other areas in which designated PPE will be required.

  • Position will require prolonged sitting and standing.

  • Employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 55,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.



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