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Pfizer Manager/TL API Manufacturing in Kalamazoo, Michigan


The successful candidate will supervise colleagues who are engaged in the production of API's for pharmaceutical or biotechnology products in compliance with good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines, and federal, state, and local Environmental and Safety Regulations.

This TL may facilitate (in conjunction with other area TL's and staff) regulatory and customer audit tours and complete operational quality, environmental, and safety incident investigations utilizing Method 1 and Pfizer Human Performance (PHP) investigational techniques. Also responsible for providing audit responses and implementing corrective actions in accordance with due dates.

Responsible for controlling unit operating expenses. Assures the unit manufactures the forecasted volume with the appropriate resources. Schedules staffing to meet customer needs and schedule attainment, within budget guidelines.

Team Leader will review batch records, support release of production lots, and will assist in the execution of Pre/Post Campaign Reviews. Also responsible to be actively engaged in colleague development, including timely performance feedback and appraisal and other aspects of the performance management process.

The successful candidate will also champion various aspects of our IMEx journey including leading/co-leading efforts related to standard work and, in conjunction with other unit staff, actively lead enhancements to the building's safety culture, collaborative environment and operational excellence.

In conjunction with other staff and shop floor colleagues, the TL will help resolve both daily and long-term manufacturing issues to support the shop floor.


Functional/Technical Knowledge: Successful application and demonstration of principles, concepts of discipline. Self-directed & proactive use of technical applications on large scope applications/ projects. Identifies/executes significant process improvements.

Problem Solving and Innovation: Develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity, innovation, and creativity. Ability to gather, analyze, and interpret, relate and compare information from multiple sources and identify cause and effect relationships. Ensures solutions are consistent with organizational objectives.

Discretion, Latitude, Level of Independence: Work is performed without appreciable direction. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long-term perspective for desired results. Exercises some latitude in determining objectives of assignment.

Impact and Organizational Contribution: Guides the successful completion of major programs and may be in a team or project leadership role. Contributes to achievement of team, plant and/or global goals. Ensures that projects are completed on schedule and within budget. Erroneous decisions or recommendations or failure to complete assignments would normally result in serious delays to assigned projects resulting in considerable expenditure of additional time, human resources and funds. Monitors and manages the efforts of subordinate colleagues to achieve delivery of short-term and mid-term goals. Lead and motivate others, generating commitment and a shared sense of purpose. Empower others to contribute their best.

Teamwork/Influence: Represents the organization as the contact on projects. Leads teams of diverse make-up including cross functional departments and colleague levels. Interacts with senior internal and/or external personnel on matters often requiring coordination between organizations. Conducts briefings and participates in technical meetings for internal and external representatives concerning specific operations.

Time Span of Work: Projects and tasks covering short-term (1-3 mo) to mid-term (3-6 mo) deliverables or milestones; Progress of work measured at milestones.

Interacts daily with shop floor colleagues, and office personnel including Manufacturing Professionals, Quality Operations personnel, Production Activity Technicians, Other Team Leaders, EHS personnel and unit management. Interacts regularly with Maintenance, EHS, Supply Chain, Quality Assurance and others. Regularly represents that unit on various API wide teams. Occasionally may represent the unit on Site Wide teams.


  • 9+ years with bachelor's degree or 7+ years with master's degree in an accredited program in a relevant Engineering or science discipline, OR

  • High school diploma / general education degree (GED) and 14+ years manufacturing and/or supervisory experience.

  • Effective written and oral communication

  • Microsoft Applications, willingness to learn and utilize SAP, QTS, QPSNT

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and plan budgets.

  • Demonstrated problem solving and business decision making.

  • Provide mentoring and training of less experienced team leaders, including in the use of investigational tools such as Method 1 and PHP.


  • API manufacturing experience

  • People leader experience

Physical or Mental Requirements

  • Physical Demands: Frequent time in both manufacturing and office environments. The manufacturing environment includes equipment with moving parts. Must be able to perform gowning requirements for entry in the manufacturing areas.

  • Requires lifting, sitting, standing, walking, stair climbing and roof access. Must be available to support 24/7 - 365 operation.

  • Work Environment: Office environment, with frequent time in the manufacturing areas. Possible exposure to high noise environments, solvents, and pharmaceutical ingredients. Use of hearing and eye protection is required. Must be available to support 24/7 - 365 operation.

Non Standard Work Schedule, Travel or Environment Requirements

  • Role supports a 24-hour production environment. This position is primarily 1st shift (7am-3pm). However, to accommodate unit and site meeting schedules, some time spent on 2nd or 3rd shift is expected. Holiday coverage may be required.

Additional information:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 1/27/2021

  • Eligible for employee Referral Bonus


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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.