QA and engineering consultants in high demandBy Steven Palmerton, Team Lead, Charlotte, North Carolina
This year is going to be a really good year for consultants working in quality and validation projects, if the demand we are currently seeing out of our new office in Charlotte, North Carolina, is anything to go by.
Our team is focused on supporting manufacturing clients across quality assurance and technical operations. With Covid-19 driving an increased demand for vaccine manufacturing capabilities, finding experienced consultants with the necessary skillsets to support continuous manufacturing has arguably never been as challenging.
Every company is looking to recruit the niche skill sets that will add the most value to their business, putting the top-calibre candidates in a lucrative position. Many clients have been retrofitting their service lines to cater to increased demands in the vaccine market and are now reformulating and redesigning service lines for other products and drugs. At the same time, there are always new manufacturing sites being established across the country, so the volume of commissioning, qualification and validation work going on is booming.
The way this work is done has changed a lot as a result of the pandemic, with manufacturers – and particularly those operating sterile sites – understandably reluctant to have people at their facilities even though they desperately need this work completed.
The way this work is done has changed a lot as a result of the pandemic, with manufacturers – and particularly those operating sterile sites – understandably reluctant to have people at their facilities even though they desperately need this work completed. Today, validation work often need to be done remotely, even on equipment, so there is a greater focus than usual on hiring a team that can be trusted to complete the job to the highest level of satisfaction, compliance and functionality. That kind of calibre comes with years of experience and a proven track record of success, but the pool of talent is limited.
With so much work going on, in the US and elsewhere, many of best well-known consultants are already employed on active contracts and are locked in; the top-tier experts have high levels of integrity and are not going to burn bridges by moving in the middle of a 12-month assignment, and there are very few not already tied up.
i-Pharm is taking the appropriate measures to track consultant availability by staying proactive in our relationships and networking and speaking to these individuals on a daily basis. This allows us to provide foresight to our customers as to who will become available, where they want to work and when they can start a new assignment – a crucial building block for our scope preparation and project readiness.
Because i-Pharm is speaking with this network of quality and technical operations consultants regularly, we can also accurately benchmark hourly rates and compensation packages. Having the industry insights on the going rates for different levels of consultants results in satisfied employees who finish projects through and ensures accuracy for our statement of work proposals, never exceeding our agreement costs.
Do reach out if you would like to discuss how we can help execute your quality, validation and engineering projects by attracting the best consultants available.