A few months ago, we knew things would change but the reality is that things had already changed and yet, inevitably there is still more to come. But how has that effected the very hands on and technical area of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry of Quality Assurance? In actual fact, it is this space that has adapted faster than most!
Quality Assurance is an ever changing market with different regulations, guidelines and many different local authorities to work with; so naturally with something like a global pandemic, the industry simply took it in its stride. This vertical is in place to prevent defects whilst Quality Control is the detection and without either one of these there can be no confidence in the product it oversees. No confidence in the product means they will not sell. No sales…you see where this is going?
Both Quality Assurance and Quality Control are the backbone of all the hard work and effort from other departments and ensures that their product is the best it possibly can be. Global pandemic or not, people still get sick and other diseases and illnesses that are not Covid-19, still need to be detected and treated so product production must continue with the level of assurance expected by both the industry and the consumer.
So, what is my analysis of how this virus has affected the Quality Assurance space? Not much! As long as trials are in place, as long as a product is being manufactured and as long as the products are being delivered and released, they all need to meet quality guidelines and standards. This means the Quality Assurance vacancies have been a priority to a large amount of organisations I have spoken with and whilst their recruitment and on boarding processes may have changed over the last few months, it has never been as simple and smooth to bring someone on than now.
Now is the best time to reach those candidates that are working from home resulting in us being able to reach candidates more than ever before. This talent pool has led to wider views on different profiles that our clients may have not seen before. With reviewing and writing SOPs, virtual audits in place and documentations to review, this means there is no waiting for the pandemic to end to bring on these types of people without delay.
A motivated client that has Quality Assurance as a priority and a contactable ‘quality’ candidate being reached, potentially for the first time is a match made in heaven so there is no time like now to recruit. Quality is ahead of the curve and there is no reason for that to change.
If you would like to discuss any of your Quality positions or are interested in discussing your career in more depth then please get in touch with me.