QA Validation Manager (req2099)

Posted: 8/30/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req2099


The Vaccine Clinical Materials Program (VCMP), part of Leidos Biomedical Research at the Frederick National Lab, supports the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC). Its' mission is to advance preclinical and clinical research, product development, and manufacture of novel clinical-stage vaccines and biologics to address current and/or emerging infectious diseases of global significance (e.g. HIV-AIDS, Influenza, Ebola, Malaria, Novel Coronavirus, Tuberculosis). The VCMP is responsible for the operation of a Frederick MD -based pilot plant facility and is actively engaged in cGMP manufacture, testing, release, and supply of Phase I /II clinical products for investigational use in the US and globally.


The QA Validation Manager will be responsible for:

  • Managing the Equipment Validation department consisting of a minimum of 2 Leidos staff and oversight of equipment validation contractors
  • Project management of equipment validation and requalification in accordance with SOPs, master plans, regulatory expectations, and industry standards
  • Scheduling, planning, managing, and following up on:
  • Validation activities
  • Projects and deliverables
  • Timelines
  • New equipment specifications
  • Installation and use
  • Facility/system/process improvement
  • Equipment and system modifications and additions
  • Requalification program
  • Timely development and completion of validation protocols and validation summary packages
  • Review and approval of validation work requests in the equipment management database, change control, and deviation system
  • Providing project status reports to QA and VCMP management
  • Participation in meetings with the client
  • Providing relevant reports and metrics both internally and to the client


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)in a science or engineering field or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience, including four (4) years of experience in a leadership capacity
  • Must have experience in a cGMP environment (biologics preferred)
  • Experience managing equipment validation projects
  • Knowledge of development of industry regulations and best practices
  • Expert knowledge in equipment validation and broad knowledge related to quality assurance
  • Ability to establish a validation strategy to manage multiple projects effectively and efficiently
  • Knowledge of current regulatory expectations and industry standards relating to compliance
  • Working knowledge of quality systems
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Experience supervising contractors