Vice President of Quality

Vice President of Quality oversees all facets of a company’s Quality Control and Quality Assurance, insuring that the product is manufactured to an exacting standard consistently. In food companies this position may be combined with VP of Manufacturing or VP of Operations. In pharmaceutical or medical device companies this position may be combined to form a Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality.

Contribution to Business Success

In the absence of a Vice President of Quality, the President or CEO of a company becomes the chief jail-able officer for issues related to poor quality. A strong Vice President of Quality makes a measurable contribution to a company’s financial success. Generally, business contributions can be measured by the CFOs office because improvements in quality result in a reduction of costs, reduction of waste or increase in production. Improvements in the end product also contribute to the value of the brand. The VP of Quality should be able to work externally with suppliers, customers and regulators as well as internally, especially with manufacturing and finance.

Major Achievements (examples)

  • Passed inspection with no 483s issued.
  • Reduced cycle time, which resulted in an increase in production or savings.
  • Reduced rate of errors, which resulted in an increase of production.
  • Eliminated backlog of complaints.
  • Reduced number of new complaints.
  • Worked with suppliers to improve quality of inputs.
  • Implemented Six-Sigma program.
  • Created Corrective Action, Preventative Action (CAPA) program to eliminate non-conformities.
  • Implemented supplier auditing.
  • Improved documentation and control.
  • Established training programs.


Potential Pitfalls

  • Issuance of 483s (not good).
  • Issuance of warning letters (bad).
  • Product recall (horrible).
  • Company put under consent decree (incredibly horrible).
  • Missed internal or regulatory agency compliance deadlines.
  • Not meeting regulatory requirements. (Examples include failure to create written documentation for all procedures and processes, failure to ensure written rules reflect the way work is actually done, failure to meet sanitary requirements, failure to understand the different requirements made by each regulatory body (FDA, NOAA, USDA, EMA, PDMA, etc..).
  • Poor ethical decisions.
  • Turnover of staff on the quality team is worse than the rest of the company.
  • Poor choice in supplier auditors.
  • Not building strong working relationships with the FDA, NOAA, USDA, and internal contributors to regulatory submissions and compliance such as the Chief Medical Officer, and heads of manufacturing, R&D or Biostatistics.

If your Vice President of Quality has hit more than one of these pitfalls it may be time for a confidential search.


MEIRxRS aims to provide three top-notch candidates in 21 business days. We vet candidates closely, interviewing them, checking with their peers and assessing each candidate for abilities to help you achieve your business objectives.

Strong Vice President of Quality candidates will not be trolling job boards looking for their next position. They will be too busy avoiding potential pitfalls above and contributing to their business’s success. Generally, they will be working diligently toward reducing production errors. Your company may want to use a consultant until a replacement starts.

Consultants and Auditors

MEIRxRS can provide a wide-array of consultants or auditors world-wide to help you improve your quality systems.

Confidential Searches

Your company may wish to conduct a confidential search through MEIRxRS for a number of reasons. One is to keep a faltering leader on the job until a replacement can be found. Second is that the candidate pools for such position may be small and your company may not wish for its competitors to know that you may be interviewing their employees.

Retained Searches

Retained searches are less expensive if you are committed to filling a position. A portion of the fee is paid up front, a second payment is due during the interview stage and the final payment is due after the candidate starts work. Your retained search gets first priority over contingency searches.

Contingency Searches

Companies sometimes engage multiple agencies concurrently in an effort to speed the search up. Unfortunately, this results in a barrage of agencies submitting poor-quality resumes in an effort to get their candidates in first (and earn the fee) in case they are good. Resumes may be submitted even if the candidate hasn’t been interviewed or told that their resume is being submitted to your company. Recruiters place multiple calls and emails to get the resume in first, diverting attention of hiring managers from their other responsibilities. All this undermines our goal of providing top-notch candidates for our clients. Because of this MEIRxRS will not conduct a contingency search if other agencies are working the search at the same time.

Requirements for a Vice President of Quality

Requirements usually include a Master of Science degree in an engineering or scientific field, Six-Sigma certification and certifications from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) plus 5 or more years of experience. Experience in a specific industry (Food, Pharma, Medical Devices, Biologics) is generally required.


  • Ensure compliance across manufacturing and production.
  • Represent organization during inspections.
  • Oversee the drafting and training for SOPs.
  • Reduce complaints.
  • Reduce waste and nonconformities.
  • Improve production.
  • Ensure auditing of suppliers.
  • Contribute to regulatory submissions (i.e. CMC sections for INDs and NDAs, to the Food and Drug Administration as well as foreign regulatory authorities).

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