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Vice President, Quality Assurance and Compliance

The Emmes Company, LLC
Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Nov 29, 2023

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Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

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Vice President, Quality Assurance and Compliance

US Remote

The Emmes Company, LLC ("Emmes") is a global, full-service Clinical Research Organization dedicated to excellence in supporting the advancement of public health and biopharmaceutical innovation. We believe in the power of truth, so much so that we named our company Emmes, which means truth. Through decades of experience we have learned that collaborative relationships thrive and human health benefits when truth is our compass.

Our "Character Achieves Results" culture is driven by five key values that guide our actions in the way we conduct research and distinguish us as an organization: Integrity, Agility, Passion for Excellence, Collaborative Partnerships and Intellectual Curiosity. We are a trusted partner to clients who share our passion for improving public health in a world of ever-changing scientific research.

If you share our motivations and passion in research, come join us! You will be joining a collaborative culture that empowers every Emmes employee - from entry level through top executive - to contribute to our clients' success by sharing ideas openly and honestly.

Primary Purpose

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Vice President, Quality Assurance and Compliance will be a senior member of the management team responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the Company's Quality Management System in alignment with company strategy and objectives and with the regulatory requirements (GxP) and industry standards, and overseeing the corporate training function.


  • Designs, develops, and implements a forward-facing Quality Management System, fit for a growing, industry leading CRO.
  • Serves as the primary senior leader for all quality and compliance related matters across business units, including customer complaints and whistleblower issues.
  • Supports mergers and acquisitions due diligence and decision making from a quality and compliance perspective.
  • Attends and reports at Board of Directors Audit Committee meetings as required
  • Oversees the Quality Management System in compliance with regulatory requirements and company strategy and ensures it is appropriately documented and implemented (change controls, deviations, CAPAs, SOPs, validation protocols, product specifications, training documentation, etc.)
  • Identifies and rectifies any company QMS gaps versus industry QMS standards
  • Develops and implements a quality governance framework and defines appropriate KPIs to monitor the efficiency of the Quality Management System
  • Develops and maintains risk-based methodologies and conducts quality reviews
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of FDA, EU, ICH & country specific regulations and other relevant guidance governing GxP activities across the organization
  • Supports the management of the electronic document management system and all other electronic systems used as part of the Quality Management System
  • Establishes and oversees an appropriate audit program (internal and external)
  • Oversees external audits and leads inspection preparation and defense
  • Oversees development, administration, tracking, and maintenance of training programs in accordance with the GxP requirements
  • Leads and manages the quality and training departments - resourcing, performance evaluation, productivity, engagement, and development
  • Reports and elevates serious risks and issues to executives' attention in a timely manner


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Life Sciences or a related scientific field
  • CQA, CCRP, ISO certification (or equivalent) required
  • 15+ years of experience working in Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry, 10+years in a Quality and Compliance related role
  • Extensive GxP quality experience in the pharmaceutical industry, CRO experience preferred
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of GxP regulatory requirements and implementation (FDA, EU, ICH & country specific regulations and other relevant guidance governing GxP activities)
  • Understanding of drug-candidate development
  • Knowledge and experience of ISQA
  • Leadership skills at an executive level
  • Strong written and verbal communication as well as problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize critical tasks and provide a high level of responsiveness and timely service on a day-to-day basis as well as balance the unexpected needs of the company as they arise
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, high attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
  • Microsoft Office proficiency

Emmes requires all US based Clinical Research Associate new hires to be fully vaccinated before their first day of employment. All new hires may also be required to comply with other COVID-19 health and safety protocols, such as masking or testing. Emmes complies with all applicable laws regarding reasonable accommodations or exemptions for religious, medical, or other legally protected reasons.

Why work at Emmes?

At Emmes, your actions and hard work will have a direct impact on public health initiatives, both globally and in our local communities with opportunities for volunteerism through our Emmes Cares community engagement program. We offer a competitive benefits package focused on the health and needs of our growing workforce, including:

  • Unlimited Approved Leave

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Work From Home Anywhere in the US

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave

  • Casual Dress Code & Work Environment


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The Emmes Company, LLC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


The Emmes Company, LLC established in 1977, is a privately owned Clinical Research Organization (CRO).  We are a public health focused company that is growing and adding staff regularly in many areas including clinical operations, data management, bio statistics, project management, and regulatory as well as corporate positions to support our project needs.  We are committed to ensuring that our newly hired staff receive a positive virtual on-boarding experience and the support they need to effectively work remotely.  Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Emmes employs over seven hundred staff worldwide with offices located in Frederick, Maryland, Tysons Corner, Virginia, Vancouver, Canada and Bangalore, India.  Ranked as a top area workplace of choice by the Washington Post, Emmes fosters an environment of collaboration, professional growth, and exceptional work life balance. 

Our studies impact public health initiatives on a global scale occurring in more than sixty countries spanning across six continents. We are dedicated to providing statistical and epidemiological expertise, computer systems deployment, data management, study monitoring, regulatory guidance, and overall operational support to clients engaged in biomedical research.   Emmes offers support for the entire process of clinical trials from study design and protocol development through data analysis and manuscript generation. 

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