Chasing the Quality Assurance dream
Shaouki Munir gets the edge over her peers by gaining her Master of Good Manufacturing Practice and thoroughly enjoys UTS student life in the process.
Shaouki Munir grew up in Kushtia, Bangladesh, but was always interested in the idea of studying overseas. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Dhaka in 2015, she worked for a period at the Bangladesh Medical College and Hospital as an intern doctor.
Soon, however, adventure was calling. With a growing interest in Quality Assurance she did some research, discovered the Master of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) at UTS and was soon packing her bags. She hasn’t looked back since.
Having exceeded all her expectations, not to mention given her the edge over other applicants, Shaouki was thrilled to secure a full-time position as a Regulatory and Quality Associate with OncoSil Medical, in North Sydney.
“It was wonderful to get a job offer before I had even graduated. Now, about a month in, I am in charge of leading the review process of product complaints. So far, I have reviewed over 2,500 product complaints, updated the complaint status and have been doing some training on the process of issuing acknowledgement and final letters,” she explains.
“But this is just the start. My wider role covers a wide range of other activities, so I’m really excited about learning and doing more.”
Shaouki explains that she will be covering all the significant quality activities practiced in a GMP regulated industry, including reviewing change controls; reviewing global and local products and their specifications; reviewing deviations, labels and artworks; and reviewing standard operating procedures and work instructions.
Other jobs encompass reviewing process validation and critical equipment qualifications, and reviewing marketing authorisation variations submitted to health authorities like the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
It’s a unique course which covers topics that are in high demand in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries. I’d highly recommend it to professionals already working in industry too.
Regulatory and Quality Associate at OncoSil Medical
UTS Master of Good Manufacturing Practice alumna
“I will also complete an organisation-wide risk assessment of competencies using tools like FMEA [Failure Mode and Effects Analysis] and will be conducting gap analyses to identify areas in need of improvement,” she continues. “So, I’ll be busy!”
Coming from her background in medicine and surgery, Shaouki says she is most excited about continuing to communicate with patients and surgeons in her new job, and says she thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of her industrial research projects during the course too.
As the only full Master of Good Manufacturing Practice in the Asia-Pacific region, Shaouki says she found the quality of teaching and facilities at UTS to be incredibly high with experienced teachers who were all efficient, kind and helpful.
“I also made good connections in industry,” she continues. “It was great to work so closely with the quality and regulatory managers of the companies where I undertook my industrial research projects. This included leading medical technology company Smith & Nephew.”
As for the future, Shaouki says her Master’s degree has definitely brought her closer to achieving her goal of working as a lead corporate auditor in the quality and regulatory sector. She says she is thrilled with the valuable experience she gained and that the course has a lot to offer anyone who is interested in working in this sector.
“It’s a unique course which covers topics that are in high demand in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries. I’d highly recommend it to professionals already working in industry too,” Shaouki continues.
Student life in Sydney has also been an enjoyable experience for Shaouki, especially living with so many friends in UTS housing. “I had a lot of fun and was culturally active in the UTS Bangladesh Society Club. I used to sing and dance in various programs and really enjoyed meeting students from a range of courses right across UTS.”