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(Senior) Validation Engineer

date posted 09/23/2019
contract type Full time
job id R2523179
location Ghent, Belgium


(Senior) Validation Engineer

About this opportunity

Ablynx, a Sanofi company is welcoming applications for the role of (Senior) Validation Engineer for our GMP Unit.

As (Senior) Validation Engineer, you will be responsible for coordination and implementation of qualification, validation and engineering activities in a GxP (GMP / GLP) environment.

Based on the level of experience and expertise, this position could be graded as a Senior Validation Engineer or as a Validation Engineer.

About Ablynx, a Sanofi Company

Ablynx, a Sanofi company, is engaged in the development of Nanobodies®, proprietary therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, which combine the advantages of conventional antibody drugs with some of the features of small-molecule drugs. Nanobodies have potential uses in the treatment of a range of serious and life-threatening human diseases. Ablynx advances a portfolio of Nanobody-based therapeutic programs in several major disease areas, including inflammation, haematology, immuno-oncology and oncology.

Key responsibilities

  • You perform your activities in a GxP environment in close contact with the GMP QC Lab and GLP Lab;
  • You enjoy managing multiple and complex validation and qualification projects. The planning is discussed and aligned within the Engineering team and involved stakeholders;
  • You write, review and finalize the validation documentation (URS, RA, protocols, reports, trace matrix, requalification, periodic review, non-conformities) for new or existing systems (lab equipment, computerized systems) used in the GxP environment;
  • You perform and review (re)qualification and calibration of systems used in the GxP environment;
  • You initiate, review and follow-up on Quality Events to ensure completion within due date;
  • You interact with external and internal suppliers in function of design, validation, implementation, maintenance and calibration of systems;
  • You optimize and maintain operational procedures on validation, calibration and the life cycle of systems based on regulations and guidance documents;
  • You write, review and maintain operating instructions for systems or software;
  • You organize training sessions on the operating instructions for personnel working with the system;
  • You assist in technical problem solving and maintenance activities;
  • You coach, motivate and support your Engineering team members in all the above tasks.

About You

Essential requirements:

  • Master in a relevant field of sciences;
  • Experience with GMP guidelines and a GMP working environment;
  • At least 3 years of experience in (computerized) systems validation and/or in lab equipment qualification;
  • Knowledge of Data Integrity, 21 CFR Part 11 and GAMP guidelines;
  • Team player, enthusiastic, independent and self-motivated;
  • Excellent communication skills are required;
  • Practical hands-on mentality;
  • Sense for problem solving, initiative, quality, accuracy and detail;
  • Excellent knowledge of English both in reading and writing;
  • Fluency in Dutch is a nice to have.

It would be advantageous to have (not essential):

  • Experience in project management of validation projects is an asset;
  • Experience with any of the following equipment/techniques is a plus: LC, CE, Biacore, Karl Fischer, Casy, spectrophotometers, microplate readers;
  • Fluency in Dutch is not essential but is a plus.

What Sanofi can offer you

  • This is a challenging role with a lot of variation and a good balance between documentation and hands-on activities;
  • We offer the change to learn by allowing you to own your projects and do a very deep-dive into them.

About Sanofi

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