Quality Risk Management Principal/Sr. Specialist

PTx is devoted to developing and commercializing cancer medicines and combination therapies that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of cancer patients. We are united in our passion for improving the treatment of cancer and our desire to make a meaningful contribution to outcomes. We believe that innovation is not enough. In today’s challenging healthcare climate, we strive to develop and assess our products based on the real-world impact they have in improving the quality and duration of our patients’ lives. We measure our success in the birthdays, anniversaries, and other important life moments that our patients are able to enjoy.

PTx has recently acquired global rights to Leukine (Sargramostim). Leukine is the only licensed FDA-approved GM-CSF, and PTx is investing in Leukine to position it for growth. With Leukine, PTx acquired its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lynnwood and we are North of Seattle, just a few minutes from downtown (but far enough out of, traffic and high cost of living in the city!). We are an established team with a renewed energy to seize on an exciting opportunity. To get there we need outstanding people to join our team of talented, innovative and committed professionals.

As part of the Quality Operations and Excellence function, the Quality Risk Management department is responsible for ensuring the Quality Risk Management (QRM) program serves patients by enabling risk-based, compliant, cGMP operational performance. This is accomplished through management of the following key areas of the QRM program:

  1. Identifying and managing quality risks via the Risk Council and the Risk Profile Report process.

  2. Completing and maintaining formal risk assessments (FMEA and HACCP) for the living risk library    that documents risks associated with producing and testing product.

  3. Educating, coaching and mentoring process owners, quality functions and other functional areas, in conducting less formal risk assessments (Risk Estimation Matrix, Risk Based Impact Assessments, and Comparison Matrix) in support of change controls, deviations and/or other events that trigger ad hoc risk assessments, including custom risk assessments.

  4. Qualifying, mentoring and supporting a cross-functional group of risk facilitators that provide support to the QRM function (e.g. lead formal risk assessments, etc.)


  • This position is primarily responsible for continued maintenance and improvement of the QRM program by assisting in embedding quality risk management into production, testing and quality system processes.

  • This role currently has no direct reports to manage, but must embody considerable leadership skills to be successful (including effective intrapersonal and cross-functional communications both written and verbal, relationship building, agility and adaptability). The role holder must mentor and inspire site personnel to achieve the company’s objectives related to human resources policies, programs, and practices.


  • Acting as a risk subject matter expert and resource to all employees in all aspects of the QRM lifecycle and program

  • Guiding risk teams in initiation of a risk assessment process (e.g. selecting the appropriate risk tool, completing risk assessment initiation documentation, etc.)

  • Guiding risk facilitators and/or risk teams in completing risk assessments (both formal and less formal tools) per QRM strategy, including facilitating risk mitigation strategies, as appropriate

  • Assisting risk teams with Risk Assessment report writing

  • Assisting risk teams with Residual Evaluation of risks after completion of risk mitigations

  • Tracking progress-to-plan for implementation of risk mitigations that result from risk assessments (i.e. CAPA number, due date, tasks, and owners, etc.)

  • Participating in Change Controls to ensure high quality risk assessments are completed using change control risk tools and to assess the impact of changes on approved Living Risk Assessment Library.  Includes documenting impact results and revising risk assessments that need revisions, as appropriate

  • Communicating risk information to the site and appropriate management (e.g. preparing Risk Profile Report, preparing power point for QRM reporting, and/or hosting all employee risk lunch and learn session, etc.)

  • Maintaining risk documents and risk training documents revisions, including curriculum assignment into employee learning plans

  • Teaching less formal risk tools (RBIA, CM and REM)

  • Using risk management software application to complete risk analysis

  • Supporting regulatory inspections regarding QRM

  • Ensure processes and procedures are updated to reflect industry changes and regulatory expectations; escalate issues that are at risk.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related scientific discipline
  • 8+ years of experience in drug manufacturing production and testing
  • Well grounded in FDA and/or other regulatory agencies expectations
  • Experienced in report writing for this regulated industry
  • Experienced in Quality Risk Management principles and applications
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating risk teams in performing risk analysis (ex: FMEAs, HACCPs, and less formal risk analysis tools)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Visio, and databases or other Risk Analysis software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to build relationships both internal and external to the site.


  • Previous work experience in biopharmaceutical products
  • Demonstrated experience in writing risk assessment reports with clear justification/rationale that informs the risk scores and draws logical, clearly written conclusions based on risk management.
  • Experience with Stature software for conducting risk analysis


Compensation and benefits are very competitive. They include a base salary, performance bonus, stock options and profit sharing. Our benefits include health, vision, dental and life Ins, 401(k) with match & PTO

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Lynnwood WA

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