Over the past two decades, shortages of generic, injectable medications critical to the lifesaving work of hospitals in the United States have become commonplace. Approximately 200 medically necessary drugs are on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s shortage list. Manufacturing challenges and predatory pricing are both the cause and result.
Who suffers most? Patients.
Civica is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization established in 2018 by health systems and philanthropies to reduce chronic generic drug shortages and related high prices in the United States. Led by an experienced team of health care and pharmaceutical industry leaders.
Today, more than 50 health systems have joined Civica. They represent over 1,200 hospitals and over 30 percent of all U.S. hospital beds. Civica has also begun to supply the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile of essential medicines.
Civica is improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs by making strides to ensure patients and their needs come first and that essential generic medications are accessible and affordable. Since established, the #1 Policy for the Civica team has been “Do What Is in the Best Interest of Patients.”
Civica is launching a subsidiary to enter the Outpatient pharmacy market partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield with the goal of reducing drug prices, especially high-cost generic drugs where market forces are not working to control drug costs.
To find out more about how Civica’s innovative model is directly impacting patient care, click here to read a recent article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Intro to Civica
The Metrology Technician should be highly motivated to coordinate/execute metrology activities in our new manufacturing facility in Petersburg, Virginia. This position will support and improve all facility metrology efforts including internal and outsourced calibration services. Additionally, this role will plan, support & participate in plant shutdown activities for facilities and utility equipment and participate in systematic problem solving.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
As a Calibration / Metrology Technician II, you will perform job functions under minimum supervision in the laboratory, production area, clean room, and test environments.
- Perform calibrations and measurements traceable to NIST, the International System of Units (SI) using appropriate reference standards. Test and measurement equipment range from general-purpose physical and dimensional equipment to custom built sterilizer systems. Disciplines comprise: Mass, Temperature, Humidity, Vacuum, Length, Optics, Pressure, Dimensional Metrology, Force, and Flow.
- Create and modify calibration procedures by determining metrology requirements from manufacturer’s manuals, laboratory methods, or system requirements.
- Enter calibration results into calibration tracking / documentation computer system.
- Work with data acquisition and validation equipment, (e.g. process control equipment/controllers, chart recorders, DC Analog/Signal Conditioners, and transducers).
- Troubleshoot, inspect, and repair test and measurement equipment in support of new projects.
- Work with equipment users, engineers, and other technicians in the proper operation and selection of test and measurement equipment.
- Provide on-site calibration support for equipment that is either too sensitive to move or is too large and not feasible to relocate.
- Work overtime when necessary to support high priority requests or meet project goals.
- Perform and organize preventative maintenance tasks while supporting maintenance and operational work orders and assignments.
- Maintain accurate records always keeping equipment and systems cGMP compliant.
- Ensure manufacturing and laboratory personnel are supported to meet business needs, including lab gasses, preventive maintenance, equipment service contracts and safety equipment.
- Maintain a safe work environment; work in a safe manner following all safety SOP’s and wear Personal Protective Equipment as required.
- Able to work safely in an environment containing hazardous chemicals, high and low temperature liquids, high pressure liquids and gasses, steam, and moving machinery
- Able to check and respond to and troubleshoot Equipment Monitoring System (EMS) & Building Management Systems issues and alarms.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
- Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience and may require vocational or technical education or certification in addition to prior work experience
- High School diploma
- Has some authority for personnel actions.
- Ability & experience with automated records systems such as SAP, schematics, wiring diagrams & other engendered documentations
- Proven expertise in planning/organizing, managing execution, checking results & revising the work plan in accordance with the daily work plan