Associate Director, Clinical Compliance

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Remote (Palo Alto, CA, USA)
  • Nov 21, 2021

Job Description

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit and follow @JazzPharma on Twitter.

This position provides GCP/GLP compliance support to Jazz therapeutic area and clinical study teams. The key activity of the role is providing expertise and guidance regarding regulatory requirements, GCP/GLP guidelines and Jazz Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the conduct of Early Development work and clinical studies.

The position will utilize a risk-based strategy to prioritize compliance support for regulated activities, identify and escalate compliance issues, enable decision-making, and support the development and execution of effective and comprehensive action plans to address quality and compliance risks. The Associate Director, Clinical Compliance serves as an important conduit to the broader organization to ensure a culture of quality and compliance.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Provide quality leadership and direction to Jazz R&D staff on GCP/GLP related activities/issues and act as GCP/GLP expert/consultant for R&D colleagues.
  • Act as Clinical Compliance member of clinical study teams for relevant Therapeutic Areas and provide quality oversight of Early Development activities with a focus on vendor management.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in conducting ongoing risk assessment of clinical trial activity in order to identify priority studies, compliance metrics for tracking, high-risk vendors, and key compliance activities (i.e. protocol review, vendor evaluations, inspection readiness).
  • Identify and escalate significant quality and compliance issues to the relevant leadership, including supporting assessment of serious breaches.
  • Participate as member of Contract Research Organization (CRO)/Vendor governance teams for assigned Therapeutic Areas/Studies.
  • Establish relationship with CRO Quality Team member for the ongoing review of quality and compliance issues.
  • Participate in vendor evaluations as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) as needed.
  • Support clinical teams/functions in drafting responses and CAPAs to internal and external audit findings.
  • Provide support and guidance for Jazz Quality Management System activities including self-reporting deviations, root cause analysis and CAPA plan development and evaluation.
  • Identify and anticipate trends in quality issues and collaborate with functional management to ensure risk-managed solutions are implemented in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain high level of expertise in international GCP/GLP regulations and internal Policies and Procedure that may impact drug development.
  • Provide support and guidance during and following internal audits and external regulatory inspections (as required)
  • Provide expertise and consultative guidance on business initiatives involving systems, processes, procedures, regulations and tools intended for use in clinical trial conduct and/or regulated drug development activities
  • Lead / manage inspection readiness activities and ensure project teams are trained and prepared for regulatory inspections.

  • Minimum of 10 years of academic, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry experience, with at least 5 years in a quality assurance/regulatory compliance position.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of drug development and the clinical trial process.
  • In-depth knowledge of current regulatory and ICH GCP requirements and experience with international regulations, guidelines and standards is required. Working knowledge of GLP requirements is a plus.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Life sciences is required.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to influence others and gain commitment.
  • Ability to work in an entrepreneurial and fast paced culture.
  • Must be disciplined, detail oriented and able to multitask and work efficiently and independently.
  • Ability to collaborate and partner with various internal business partners.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Highly developed problem solving skills and the ability to resolve difficult conflicts.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.



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