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Advice to the CQV career-minded

Y ou won’t hear playground voices echoing, “I want to be a CQV expert when I grow up.” And I wasn’t shouting that out over the doctor and firefighter votes in kindergarten either. But as the executive vice president of our commissioning, qualification, and validation practice, I can honestly say I couldn’t have picked a better career. This intriguing and fulfilling career path leads to new experiences, new opportunities, and newways to expand your skills every day.

Josh Blair

Taking a step back, CQV – a detailed and science- based service – is an essential part of the heavily regulated life sciences industry. It ensures that facilities, systems, and equipment are designed and installed as specified, function as intended, and work together to support the process of producing a biopharmaceutical or medical device product that is safe and effective. In short, it’s a fulfilling role because you can see the value you provide – across a product lifecycle – come to life. For me, growing up, that passion for seeing things come to fruition started early with a love of art, planning, and design. That sparked my interests. Yet, rooted within a family that was heavily involved in the construction industry, I found that moving beyond plans and drawings to seeing design impacts and implications in a real-world scenario really fueled my passion.

In the CQV process, especially commissioning, you spend a lot of time at construction sites. In fact, it’s not unusual to work on multiple projects at multiple jobsite locations, all at the same time. Suffice to say, every day is different. It’s anything but boring. And when you’re onsite, especially during a project’s startup phase, you’ll find that many issues can arise. As commissioning agents, we’re there to identify and resolve those issues. If you’ve read this far, this may be a career for you to consider. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Excel at managing a myriad of details? Enjoy investigating, recommending, and implementing ways to bring your projects to a timely and successful closure? Then read on. Commissioning is the process of completing construction. Historically, it began as a shipbuilding

See JOSH BLAIR, page 4


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