A Guide to Quality Assurance (QA) Careers

Quality assurance refers to the process of preventing mistakes and defects in the manufacturing of products. As a critical component in any industry that involves product development, manufacturing, assembly, or delivery, quality assurance work is in consistently high demand. Find out more about this rewarding and challenging career here.

What is quality assurance?

Quality assurance (QA) is any systematic process of determining whether a product or service meets specified requirements. It establishes and maintains set requirements for developing or manufacturing reliable products. Now a formalised practice which started in the manufacturing industry, it has spread to most industries. Quality assurance can take you on a varied and exciting journey throughout your career.

 

What are the key trends in quality assurance?

Due to the nature of this sector, it is hard to pin down one major area where this profession is most common. The fact that this is a necessary role in many areas of science, clinical and engineering gives those aiming for a career a multitude of varied companies and institutions to choose from.

One area that is being addressed is the change in the skill set required for moving the pharmaceutical industry to a “4.0” maturity level. New kinds of employee profiles and qualifications are needed. The “Workforce of the Future” initiative, introduced by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), includes a variety of members from top pharmaceutical companies. In the next five to ten years, the industry will need a highly-skilled workforce with competencies that differ from the past.

The initiative plans to work with the industry and academia to develop university curricula. During the initial phase with nine selected universities, they identified a number of potential gaps in university curricula:

  • Combination Products and Delivering Systems
  • Robotics and Automation
  • IT Data Management, including data analysis, modelling, statistics, and data visualization
  • Regulatory Sciences, including cGMP and GMP hands-on training
  • Project Management, including risk management in manufacturing processes (biotech and small molecules) and related cost analysis
  • Process Analytical Technology to achieve real-time release

 

Where we work

SRG has a very strong foundation in recruitment across the scientific, chemical, and engineering recruitment sectors for quality assurance. Because we only work with the best STEM companies, our expansive network within quality assurance hotspots gives us a wide range of quality assurance jobs and allows us to match you to the right company.

The types of roles we typically recruit for are in pharma, food, medical devices, FMCG, health care, cosmetics, chemicals (API manufacturing), and contract manufacturing.

 

The way we work

We work in a consultative way with all our candidates. When you're looking for a new permanent job or new contract role within the scientific sector, SRG, as market leaders, are the best-placed recruitment consultancy to help you find the right place for your next move.

Our scientific, engineering, and clinical teams fully understand the roles that they each deal with. We really get to know the people we work with, whether clients (their culture, their environment, their team) or candidates (motivations, career aspirations, the environment you want to work in). We never try to send people to companies that don’t suit them, and, when working with our client companies, nor do we bombard them with CVs to fill our own internal quota numbers.

Take a look at our quality assurance roles to see where your next opportunity could be. Our consultants are talking to clients all the time and can make approaches on your behalf, so please get in touch to see how we can help you.

Alternatively, if you are looking for talent to enhance or grow your team, contact us to find out who we are currently working with and how we can help.


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