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Pfizer Team Lead, Clinical Manufacturing in Andover, Massachusetts


The Team Lead, Clinical Manufacturing is part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for cGMP production of phase I/II clinical drug substance supporting the Pfizer Biotherapeutics portfolio. The position is located in Andover, MA.

The Team Lead, Clinical Manufacturing will manage a team of 5-7 colleagues responsible for the operation, troubleshooting, and data analysis of microbial fermentation, mammalian cell culture and purification processes. This role is a 2nd shift position.


  • Manage production operations and process technology transfer within the fermentation and downstream operational area which includes the process, people, equipment, and documents, to ensure safe and quality drug substance is produced to support clinical trials.

  • Manages a team of 5-7 Engineers and Technicians. Recruits and retains qualified, dedicated colleagues; promotes a collaborative culture that aligns with corporate culture; Grows, develops and establishes a cohesive team that is inspired, engaged and has key competencies needed. Creates and acts on succession plan.

  • Handles troubleshooting of manufacturing equipment and control systems within assigned operational area. May perform operations as needed.

  • Coordinates and oversees the design and qualification of new equipment or system improvements, changes, or upgrades within assigned operational area.

  • Provides guidance or direction for team and effectively communicate and/or escalate process related issues for assigned operational area.

  • Coordinates weekly production operations schedule for assigned operational area to ensure trained colleagues, documents and equipment are available to meet production deliverables.

  • Cross functional collaboration with Quality Unit and Engineering for assigned operational area.

  • Manages product changeover activities within assigned operational area.

  • Supports all investigations and audits within assigned operational area as needed.

  • Provide off-shift and on call support within assigned operational area when necessary.


  • Bachelors degree in a biological or engineering discipline +5 years of experience; Associates degree or completion of 2 years of undergraduate work + 7 years of experience; or HS diploma + 9 years of experience in a cGMP Clinical, Commercial Manufacturing, and/or non-cGMP Pilot Manufacturing setting with in depth expertise of common biotechnology processes and/or API small molecule processes including mammalian cell culture, associated purification steps, and drug product/drug substance manufacturing.

  • A minimum of 6 months of people management, matrix leadership or project leadership experience.

  • Understanding of upstream/downstream cell culture and/or fermentation.

  • Proven ability to troubleshoot complex processing issues and ability to make decisions with minimal guidance required.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experienced with electronic systems including QTS (i.e. Trackwise), Documentation, LIMS, ERP (i.e. SAP/Axis 360), Building automation system, MMS/Maintenance, Process Automation systems (i.e. Delta V, Unicorn, Finesse), and other business systems (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.)

  • Proven ability to make risk-based decisions in a complex/dynamic environment in a timely manner.

  • Experienced in authoring cGMP documentation including SOPs and Batch records.

  • Able to work with cross-functional areas such as quality and engineering in matrix environment.

  • Ability to flex and quickly adapt to changing environment and competing priorities.


  • Working knowledge of validation documents such as P&IDs, URSs, FRSs, and qualification protocols/reports.


  • Must be able to climb flights of stairs, and be standing for 1-2 hours at a time.


  • This position is 2nd shift position (2:00pm - 10:30pm).

  • Ability to work off shift (Nights and Weekends) as needed; non-routine.

  • Ability to work in a clean room environment.

Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: February 10, 2021

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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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.