Waters Corporation

  • Vice President of Global Quality

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    Company Name
    Waters Division
    Quality Assurance
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Vice President of Global Quality will provide quality direction for US (Milford, Taunton, Colorado, and Pittsburgh), European (Wilmslow & Wexford), Asia (Singapore) and other global business sites. They will lead a worldwide organization of 140+ QA professionals that support R&D and manufacturing operations within a matrixed Class I-II, IVD/IVDR, biotechnology instrumentation, and software product development environment.

    Reporting to the SVP, Global Operations, this position will serve as an advisor, a consultant, and a subject matter expert to the executive team providing guidance and expertise in areas related to quality, compliance, regulations, etc. and is responsible for setting strategic direction for the company’s quality policies and procedures.


    By working closely with the company leaders and cross functional teams, this position will set the examples for driving and implementing the culture of quality. This position will also provide the overall leadership, continuous improvement, and direction to the global sites in the company.


    • Provide Quality direction for European (Wilmslow & Wexford), US (Milford, Taunton, Colorado, Pittsburgh), Asia (Singapore) and other business sites.
    • Lead a worldwide organization of 140+ QA professionals that support R&D and manufacturing operations within a matrixed Class I-II, IVD/IVDR, biotechnology instrumentation, and software product development environment.
    • Development, implementation, maintenance and overall success of the company’s quality programs and strategy; including articulating quality standards and objectives, developing methods to embed quality into the product development and manufacturing process, establishing vendor relationships and quality standards and developing and implementing innovative programs to focus employees on improving product quality.
    • Work closely with TA Instruments business units and Consumables business (ASR, ERA) to drive overall global quality strategy, and setting goals and objectives.
    • Directs the global quality organization representing multiple locations with Sr. Directors and Directors whose responsibilities are regionally based.
    • Lead a team of the following disciplines; Design QA, Engineering QA, Quality Management System, Quality Project Management, Quality Shared Services, Informatics Quality, and Operations Quality.
    • Responsible for driving effective and efficient Quality Management System including driving harmonization and standardization, while ensuring QMS is established well with appropriate business processes in the company.
    • Oversees the performance of internal and external audits.
    • Responsible for Quality long-term strategy in coordination with leadership and in-line with overall company-wide strategy.
    • Oversees the development of employees, talent, process, and technology necessary to reach annual and long-term objectives.
    • Responsible for managing assigned budgets.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.



    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required in a science or engineering area.
    • Advanced degree is a plus (PhD, M.S. in a Life Science or MBA) as well as any professional certifications (i.e. RAC, Six Sigma, ASQ certifications).
    • Minimum of 15 years of experience in leading Quality Assurance/Quality Engineering within the medical device, biotechnology, or similar life sciences arena.
    • Experience with Class I and II medical devices/systems and in vitro diagnostics experience highly desirable.  Class III medical device experience is a plus.
    • Prior experience in a senior leadership role with overall responsibility for directing a Quality organization and setting strategic direction for the company's quality policies and procedures is required.
    • Strong understanding and ability to critically review Quality Systems, Engineering and Compliance.
    • Have a strong understanding of quality requirements successfully implementing cGMP/QSR, ISO 9001/13485, FDA, six sigma and lean manufacturing programs.
    • Ability to identify and analyze complex problems and recommend actions. 
    • Able to work effectively in a complex, matrix work environment.
    • Exceptional team building skills and demonstrated ability to direct activities from concept through to completion.
    • High energy problem solver/achiever – Self Starter.
    • Well-organized, detail-oriented and outstanding work ethic.
    • Strong team orientation and team builder.
    • Ability to mentor and development members of the Quality team.
    • Able to travel domestically and internationally.

    Company Description

    Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials and food sciences for nearly 60 years. With approximately 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 31 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries.


    Waters Corporation's businesses include Waters, TA Instruments, VICAM, ERA, and Nonlinear Dynamics.


    Waters creates business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), chromatography columns and chemistry products, mass spectrometry systems, laboratory informatics solutions, and comprehensive service programs to enable significant advancement in healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality.



    Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our core values at Waters Corporation. Celebrating diversity is important to us. We thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, our customers and our community. Waters is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or protected Veteran status. 


    Key Words

    VP Global Quality, Global Quality, Vice President,


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