Head of Quality Unit (m/f/d)

Job ID:  51422

Heidelberg, DE

Job Level:  Professionals
Job Category:  Quality
Employment Type:  Permanent position
Career Level: 

Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals GmbH a subsidiary of the Octapharma group founded in 1997 is a successful and expanding biotech company in Heidelberg. Our core business is the development of recombinant proteins produced in human cell lines for therapeutic use in humans. We strive for effective treatments with an improved tolerability and convenience for the patient.



We are looking for:

A Head of Quality Unit (m/f/d) starting at the next possible date as part of our Pilot Scale Production in Heidelberg. The candidate will lead a motivated team of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality in Operation and Qualified Person with the aim to maintain a GMP-compliant Pharmaceutical Quality System for the production of pre-clinical and clinical IND material. As Unit Head you will be part of a multidisciplinary teams that will lead the site in Heidelberg as well as drive the expansion of Heidelberg’s activities. To reach our goals, we are embedded in a tight collaborative network within our R&D department as well as the GMP pilot plant and Corporate Quality network.



  • You will supervise a Unit of 25-30 colleagues within QA, QC, QiO and QP
  • Overall accountability for the Quality operations and Maintenance of the GMP quality system
  • Managing needs of different local and corporate stakeholders
  • Responsible for defining and follow up goals and KPI's for the Quality Unit
  • Lead-Auditor in internal inspections/ external audits
  • Hosting certifications audits by notified bodies
  • Ensure team spirit and positive relationship between different departments
  • Personnel management & employee development within the Quality Unit
  • Budget responsibility for the Unit

Your profile:

  • You have strong leadership abilities to manage, inspire and motivate a high performing team of Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Quality in Operation
  • Degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or equivalent
  • You have a strong background in quality management and 7 years of professional working experience in pharmaceutical industry
  • Min. 5 years of leadership experience in GMP regulated environment
  • Lead Auditor capability
  • Capability to act as Qualified Person acc. to AMG beneficial 
  • Result-and goal-oriented
  • Excellent communication skills in English and German

We offer:

  • You will become a member of a motivated team aspiring to change the biologics landscape with scientific excellence
  • A permanent position in a dynamically growing company
  • A welcoming work atmosphere
  • A wide range of tasks in a cooperative setting, flexibility, and personal responsibility
  • A modern - state-of-the-art - working environment
  • Flexible working hours


Please apply via our web portal.

Contact person:

Anita Greulich – HR Generalist
Tel: +49 (0)6221 – 1852 522

Working at Octapharma

Whether your interests lie in the field of research and development, production, marketing, sales, finance or engineering, there are many career opportunities at Octapharma

We are the world's largest family-owned plasma company and entirely European. In the spirit of our founder Wolfgang Marguerre, we do not pursue short-term profit goals, but have future generations in mind. Our vision: we are passionate about developing new healthcare solutions that improve lives. We own 6 modern production facilities in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. The Marguerre family continues to play an essential role in the company's day-to-day operations.

Octapharma wants to offer its employees a working environment that challenges them as much as it enriches them. Since its foundation in 1983, the company has grown steadily and today we employ almost 10,000 people.

If you are interested in becoming a part of Octapharma, we invite you to apply for one of our open positions.

About Octapharma

Headquartered in Lachen, Switzerland, Octapharma is one of the largest human protein manufacturers in the world, developing and producing human proteins from human plasma and human cell lines.

Octapharma employs around 10,000 people worldwide to support the treatment of patients in 118 countries with products across three therapeutic areas: Hematology, Immunotherapy and Critical Care.

Octapharma has seven R&D sites and five state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Austria, France, Germany and Sweden, and operates more than 180 plasma donation centers across Europe and the US.

Fore more information, please visit www.octapharma.com