Quality Assurance Associate
Stellarton, NS
Role Summary

Working as the QA Associate, you will be accountable for in-process quality monitory and quality control of cannabis production processes in strict compliance with Cannabis Regulations and GPP Standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure that all processing activities are carried out as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), at all times, to result in consistent quality of finished products
Must ensure that all technical documents at site in use are current. All the master documents such as site policy documents and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) must be controlled and secured in accordance with Good Documentation Practices
Support validations and qualification programs, coordinate analytical testing using validated methods, and interpret results
Review lot coding and tracking of individual plants and the resultant harvested bulk and finished products
Ensure calibration and preventive maintenance status of equipment/instruments/components
Evaluate and approve sanitation of equipment and production areas during change overs and ensure all products are free of contamination
Monitor and conduct water and air quality evaluation testing programs at the site and ensure regulatory requirements needed for premises, equipment, and utilities used for cultivation, harvest, propagation, packaging, storage, and sale of products
Coordinate all key product quality issues such as complaint handling, recall coordination, investigations on deviations, failures, and implementing corrective and preventative actions (CAPA), to close out quality and security gaps
Review status of process materials and ensure proper control, release, and transfer of materials for production and sale through ERP system. Monitor and verify clone, plant, and product transfer across cultivation rooms and storage areas
Ensure that refuse/waste products are managed and cannabis materials /products are destroyed as per current approved SOPs and in line with Cannabis Regulations
Perform quality assurance functions such as batch/lot record review and release, deviation/failure investigation, change evaluation, product sampling and retention, document control, and record management to ensure process and product compliance
Coordinate external testing of materials/products and perform in-house testing of starting materials, bulk and finished product as per approved specifications
Review testing of raw data, analytical reports and Certificate of Analysis (CoA) of each product batch prior to its release for sale
Plan and perform GPP training programs for Associates and Production Supervisors.
Collaborates with other department Associates in all areas to improve process performance and safety
Must follow Organization’s policies and contribute towards the goal of achieving production targets within set timelines
Assist Health Canada auditors with inventory, sales and compliance audits
Other duties as assigned

BSc in Biological Sciences/Pharmacy/Food (preferred) or post-secondary diploma in science related technical discipline
Working experience as a Quality Assurance Associate/Technician in a Health Canada regulated environment with proficiency in documentation and analytical testing
Good understanding of Cannabis Regulations, Pest Control Products Act, Fertilizer Act, and Guidelines for residual solvents ICH Topic Q3C (R5)
Strong knowledge of GMP, GPP, GDP, and HACCP
Working knowledge of seed to sale system (ERP System) is an asset
Previous Health Canada Security Clearance and work experience with a Canadian Licensed Producer (LP) is considered an asset
1 to 3 years’ experience as a Quality Assurance Associate in a GMP, HACCP, GAP regulated environment with proficiency in documentation and analytical testing
Proficient in English required (proficient or functional in French is considered an asset)
Knowledge of plant chemistry, extraction systems and chromatographic techniques is an asset
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Security Clearance: Security Clearance may be requested for this position. This role is conditional on a clear criminal record check

Working Hours: Salaried Position - Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

Physical Requirements: None