Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

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Director of Quality

at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

Posted: 10/23/2018
Job Reference #: 1FA9D797A31551FEBB1F73A21D2A7B7A
Keywords: operations

Job Description

Category : Scientific Research

Location/City : NM - Albuquerque

Director of Quality

Job# 2018.079.S


Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute is seeking a Director of Quality. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience at a nonclinical research facility that performs work under GLP, OECD, and ICH guidance as well as under animal welfare assurance such as AALAC and OLAW. The Director will oversee the daily operations of Quality Assurance, Archives, Quality Control, Metrology and Training Services. They will also work with the Attending Veterinarian and Environmental Health and Safety to support compliance with applicable animal welfare and safety regulations. Additionally the Director of Quality will be responsible for all sponsor audits (vendor qualifications and face-to-face audits).

Management activities include scheduling staff according to study needs, defining Quality Assurance Project Plans, and trending analysis as well as of Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA) efforts across the institute; to include trending of root cause analysis, Out of Specification (OOS) investigations, and deviations. Will work closely with Human Resources to identify staffing needs and available expertise, provide leadership and mentoring to all department staff, and work with the Human Resources Department as needed on performance evaluations, training and development of staff.

In addition to their management responsibilities and oversight of the key functional areas, it is expected that the Director will oversee the institutional Quality Improvement Plan, and will help to oversee metrics of performance across key functional areas.

Must routinely provide Quality reports to management (RTM), providing an indication of overall quality within the institute.


Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or related discipline and ten years of experience in a GLP-regulated research environment with at least five years of personnel management; or an equivalent combination of education and training from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained.

Direct QC or QA experience in a GLP environment required. Must have knowledge of regulations and requirements governing clinical and non-clinical laboratories. Experience in writing quality assurance or control documents, including Standard Operating Procedures defining relative procedures; scheduling staff, and quality assurance or control metric analysis highly desired.

Must also have previous experience working with a large team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and the ability to prioritize departmental functions and responsibilities to meet deadlines and goals. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate previous success in developing professional and effective relationships with both administrative and non-administrative managers and colleagues.

Must have superior professional-level written and verbal communication skills; a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy and discretion; excellent judgment, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and strong customer-service skills. Demonstrated ability in managing a wide variety of complex tasks and projects simultaneously while meeting multiple deadlines is required. The ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive situations with solid judgment and discretion is critical, as well as the ability to perform duties independently.

Requires professional-level general computer skills and the ability to learn other department-specific computer systems as needed.

Relocation may be offered for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Family of Companies is an Equal Opportunity employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability. We are committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regarding to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as designated by federal, state or local law. All applicants and employees are further protected from discrimination based on inquiring about, disclosing or discussing the compensation of other applicants or employees. For additional information about your rights as an applicant, click here .

For assistance with our application process, including reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities to participate in the application process, please send an email to or call 505-348-9400.

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