Quality Assurance Officer

Quality Assurance Officer

  1. What does a Quality Assurance Officers do? Quality Assurance Officers monitor the work of the manufacturing technicians and quality technicians in a manufacturing plant, oversee the record keeping of the team, and prepare appropriate reports for management. They check equipment to make sure it is calibrated and operating correctly, inspect storage areas to make sure conditions will maintain the quality of the materials and products, and also sign off on every step of the manufacturing process.
  2. Why does a Quality Assurance Officers do this?
    The manufacture of biopharmaceutical products is a highly specialised industry. Many of these products are used in critical aspects of human and animal health services and so ensuring absolute quality while adhering to all relevant government legislation is critical.
  3. How does a Quality Assurance Officers do their job?
    Quality Assurance Officers use computers, laboratory equipment and specialised instrumentation in their work. Some typical tasks include:
    • Studying product and/or service specifications;
    • Sampling products or services to determine whether they meet specifications and quality standards, and initiating corrective action if necessary;
    • Analysing quality assurance data and making recommendations for improvement to management;
    • Training and assisting operators to carry out their quality control function;
    • Checking details of assemblies to ensure specialist equipment is correctly calibrated and functioning property;
    • Compiling reports for relevant management groups.
  4. Where do a Quality Assurance Officers do their work
    Quality Assurance Officers work in laboratories, manufacturing plants and offices. They can sometimes work with hazardous chemicals and biological matter, which will require them to wear protective clothing. Those based in manufacturing or processing plants may also work around machinery, which can be noisy and potentially dangerous. Most quality assurance officers will work regular business hours, however, evening and weekend work may occasionally be required to complete experiments or compile reports.
  5. Average salary per year
    The average annual salary for this job is $56 836 excluding superannuation.
  6. Job outlook
    Over the five years to November 2017, the number of job openings for Quality Assurance Officers is expected to remain steady.
  7. Related occupations
    Biochemist, Chemical Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Scientist, Pharmacist, Chemist, Tissue Culture Technician, Biomedical Engineer, Medical Scientist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Zoologist, Marine Biologist, Agricultural Scientist, Toxicologist.
  8. Companies that employ Quality Assurance Officers 
    There are a few government divisions that hire Biotechnologists, including the Commonwealth Science Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), public hospitals, zoos, medical research institutes and universities.
    Some major Australian employers include: