Pfizer QA Manager in Andover, Massachusetts


Candidate is responsible for providing Quality Assurance leadership to GMP Manufacturing and Testing Operations (site-based and vendor) relative to the disposition of clinical trial material. This may include review of batch records, investigations, SOPs, test methods and change controls. Serves as a Quality representative and single point of contact on Pre and/or Post Proof-of-Concept product teams.

This position requires a solid understanding of quality systems as they relate to the manufacturing, testing and packaging of biologic cell banking, API/biological drug substance and sterile drug product. Experience with vaccine, cell-based therapies and gene-based therapies are a plus.

The candidate shall possess experience in quality operations oversight to clinical materials at different phases of the product lifecycle (i.e. IND through BLA). This includes the ability to navigate through complex supply channels across the globe and the ability to identify and manage different levels of risk in support of good quality judgment against global regulations. This may include advising the business on moderately complex quality issues.

Minimal business travel may be required to other Pfizer locations as well as to contractors/suppliers/external laboratories used by Pfizer.

This position does not include the management of direct reports.

This position is based at the Andover, MA Pfizer location.


  • Represent Quality on clinical product teams. This includes representation on early phase Research and Development Pharmaceutical Science Project Teams (PSPT) or later phase Co-Development Teams (CDT)

  • Ability to lead global quality sub team meetings for a particular project(s)

  • Ability to negotiate and author quality agreements

  • Ability to lead a small quality team participating in the BLA regulatory filing data audit activities

  • Support internal and external GMP audits and inspections which includes, planning / logistical support, interactions with inspectors / auditors,. scribe functions, backroom and communication support.

  • Support programs in combination biologic/device platforms. Provide compliance oversight to Medical Device regulations and QSRs.

  • Independently provide quality leadership and oversight activities to project teams and day-to-day cGMP manufacturing and testing for clinical trial material

  • Ability to execute moderately complex tasks with minimal coaching

  • Ability to present to peers/management locally or electronically

  • Participate on technology transfer teams

  • Perform disposition of clinical trial materials

  • Review and/or approve various GMP documents including procedures, batch records, protocols, reports, investigations, change controls, etc.

  • Provide review of equipment/instrument validation documentation, change control and related calibration documentation, to various GMP facility and testing operations including drug substance and drug product facilities.

  • May have experience with utilizing quality risk management principles

  • Advise on policies and procedures. Provide leadership to the interpretation of GMPs for the functional areas

  • Represent quality on right first time and control strategy discussions. Contribute to late phase BLA strategy, ICH stability strategy, etc.

  • Lead and/or participate on special projects, limited duration teams, and local or global initiatives such as continuous improvement teams for Quality Assurance.

  • Interpret and disseminate information about current industry and regulatory trends; advise customer groups on current industry standards and modifications to current systems required to meet these standards.

  • Provide formal/informal mentoring of Quality Operations colleagues, as needed

  • QUALIFICATIONS Educational Requirements BS/MS - minimum of 10-12 years technical / scientific / Biopharmaceutical experience. PhD - minimum 7 years technical / scientific / pharmaceutical experience relevant work experience. Based upon education, candidate should possess a minimum of 7-12 years of Biopharma industry experience that includes a broad understanding of Biopharmaceutical Sciences processes. In addition, extensive knowledge of global GMP and regulatory requirements as related to the drug development process is required. Experience in Quality Assurance possessing strong quality culture is desirable. Team player with strong interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills are a must. Additionally, candidate must be self-motivated, engaged and able to perform moderately complex tasks independently. . Conduct training in compliance and regulations.

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  • Last Date to Apply for Job: August 23, 2018

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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