Head of Laboratory
Cannabis Compliance Inc
Ajax, ON
Cannabis Compliance Inc is the leading Canadian owned, consulting firm of choice for manufacturers and Licensed Cannabis Producers in North America. As our clients are driven to excellence and exception, we provide complete support from product and facility design through to registration, manufacturing, testing, marketing, distribution, and beyond.

Founded in 2017, we built a strong foundation by guiding North American’s leading consulting firm through Canada’s challenging regulatory climate for cannabis products. We are a specialized consulting firm offering full international compliance services for the cannabis, natural health product, supplement, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, medical device, and associated industries worldwide. Furthermore...

An advanced applicant under Canada’s Cannabis Act, is looking for an individual with the education, background and experience to become the Head of Laboratory at its facility. The company is looking for a talented and ambitious individual who has the drive and skill to assist it in developing and maintaining a world class secured facility.

An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate, including a base salary and performance based bonuses.

Ideal qualifications include someone with experience in a highly regulated manufacturing environment such as food & beverage, pharmaceutical, natural health products, or other consumer goods adhering to regulatory bodies such as CFIA, Health Canada, FDA, NCR etc.

This person should have experience in leading 3 rd party and internal audits, recall programs, releasing products, writing and reviewing SOP’s, GMP’s, Sanitation programs and general QA / QC experience in a high-volume manufacturing/processing facility or Laboratory setting.

The QAP/Head of Lab is accountable for the development, implementation and ongoing monitoring of the quality assurance and control systems in strict compliance with The Cannabis Act. The HOL is accountable for ensuring all research conducted in their facility is in strict compliance with The Cannabis Act. The QAP is responsible for representing the company’s QA/QC Department in all reports in relations to Health Canada

Responsibilities:
Oversees both quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) as per Division 1, Subdivision D and compliance with Health Canada’s QA guidelines pertaining to business, production, facility, security, storage, packaging, labeling and Good Production Practices for the Cannabis Act program
Develop and supervise the analytical methodology and testing.

Establishing and enforcing GLP, GPP, HACCP and Quality Assurance standards, providing technical and regulatory services in growing inputs, packaging and production of cannabis
Leading a laboratory dedicated to developing primary packaging systems for all parenteral development projects including technical transfer to clinical supply units & operation units.
Managing the project specific multidisciplinary drug product development sub teams.
For Customer Manufacturing Business (CMB) projects, driving parenteral primary packaging development projects to support product development from early stage to commercial.
Evaluate new primary packaging technologies on a scientific basis.
Preparing the documentation for submission with respect to primary packaging.
Develop and establish in-house laboratory procedures, testing standards, and quality analysis as well as working with third party testing laboratories for verification
Supports continuous quality improvement of cannabis production/processing through reinforcement of product quality and food safety programs, sanitation program and oversight of security systems
Review regulations, documents and reports pertaining to the Cannabis Act, Non-confirming Reports (NCR), Corrective Action Reports (CAR), Food and Drugs Act (FDA), Controlled drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and Pest Control Products Act (PCPA)
Develop, update and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Quality Manuals
Oversee critical/technical review of documents, test results, procedures and production equipment, including equipment qualification and validation
Review certificates of analysis and results of laboratory tests for compliance to specification
Ensure compliance with regulations through auditing and quality systems
Investigate product non-conformances; conduct material reviews for complaints, and document findings and responses. Manage product holds, reprocessing actions, and final disposition processes for noncompliant resources
Manage procedures and processes pertaining to incidents, complaints, deviations and recall
Manage audit and information requests from Health Canada pertaining to Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Other responsibilities as assigned

Skills:
BS in a Technical Sciences discipline (Food, Chemical or Biological Sciences preferred), Masters or PhD Preferred

4 to 5 years of experience as a Quality Assurance Manager in a GLP, GMP and HACCP regulated environment, with proficiency quality assurance systems, documentation, testing methods
Proficient in English (proficient or functional in French is considered an asset)
Proficient understanding of plant products and related test methodology
Strong and current knowledge of Division 1, Subdivision 4 guidelines, Good Agricultural Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice, HACCP, Food Safety, regulatory and environmental guidelines
General understanding of other Operational functional areas
Experience establishing and maintaining version-controlled standards, policies, procedures and work flows in electronic systems
Chemistry and Plant Biology knowledge is an asset
The Cannabis Act requires candidates to undergo security/background checks, and the individual must be approved by Health Canada as suitable for the QAP role and Head of Laboratory Role