Quality Assurance Engineer - Suppliers and Third Party Distributors

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Limerick Ireland
Cook Medical Europe Ltd
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The primary function of this role is to provide Quality Assurance support to the monitoring, approval and appraisal of suppliers and third-party distributors from a quality perspective. Another important aspect of this role is to provide QA support and guidance to departments liaising with suppliers, third-party intermediaries as well as internal stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting QA risk assessment activities as part of the selection and approval of third-party distributors, conducting pre-qualification and monitoring audits on suppliers and third-party distributors, drafting and updating Quality System Documentation, preparing change orders, and supporting the Cook Medical Corrective and Preventive Action program.


  • Provide Quality Assurance support to the Governance, Contracts and Audit function, as well as the Corporate Audit and Supplier Quality team
  • Conduct QA risk assessment activities for suppliers and third-party distributors - both retrospective and prospective.
  • Create a plan for clearly communicating key QA risk assessment criteria to a large population of existing third-party distributors as well as to internal Cook stakeholders, ensuring the receipt of timely responses from these recipients
  • Evaluate third-party distributor and stakeholder responses in order to identify risk, approve or decline from a QA perspective, as well as to assign QA risk classifications to each third-party distributor in a systematic way.
  • Document and archive risk assessment documentation, as well as populating risk classification information on third-party distributor profiles,
  • Conduct pre-qualification and monitoring audits on suppliers and third-party intermediaries, based on risk.
  • Manage and drive continuous improvement activities focusing on quality assurance in the areas or supplier and third-party distributor management.
  • Provide input and support to the Cook Medical Corrective and Preventive Action program (CAPAs)
  • Support any required software validation activities.
  • Support Cook Medical’s Internal Audit program
  • Other job responsibilities as assigned
  • Ensure that Cook’s Code of Conduct is considered in all business matters carried out on Cook’s behalf.



  • Third Level qualification in Science, Engineering or a relevant technical discipline.
  • Qualification in Quality/Validation/Statistics would be a distinct advantage.
  • Proven knowledge and experience (ideally minimum 4 years) of working with ISO13485, ISO14971, the Medical Device Directive, EU Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 and the FDA QSR including 21 CFR Part 820 and 21 CFR Part 11, ideally gained in the medical device industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of China’s Good Supply Practice for Medical Devices (GSP) and other regional standards in APAC would be an advantage
  • Qualified Lead Auditor, preferably within the Medical Device Industry desirable.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of all aspects of Validation including Process Validation and design validation.
  • Good working knowledge of statistics.
  • Strong interpersonal skill with the ability to communicate effectively at all organisational levels.
  • The ability to challenge thinking/opinion/actions in light of ensuring Cook Medical Quality Systems and Processes are adhered to.
  • High attention to detail in all aspects of the role.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Proven problem-solving skills.
  • High self-motivation.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness and availability to travel on company business.


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