Pfizer Sr Manager / Team Leader in Kalamazoo, Michigan


Provide effective leadership for the process automation engineering team supporting the Modular Aseptic Processing (MAP) facility design, construction, start-up and operation. Work with internal and external stakeholders to determine best strategic technologies to meet the goal of establishing the "Digital Plant of the Future". Major responsibilities include the control systems for freeze dryers, aseptic filling, packaging, and automated inspection process equipment. In addition, the group is responsible for the environmental monitoring and control of classified spaces.

Manage Colleagues in Process Automation who will perform the following:

  • Participate in the design, development, deployment, integration, maintenance and validation for all site automation and related systems, data acquisition systems, and recipe management and electronic work instruction systems.

  • Support the goals, objectives and projects of PGS at the Kalamazoo site. This includes all capital expansions as well as daily optimization of manufacturing and business processes.

  • Deliver 24x7 troubleshooting and maintenance support for all PA systems.

  • Deliver on all phases of a project to include estimating, requirements definition, specification, design, hardware purchase, assembly and installation, code development, validation, training, cutover to production, and continued enhancement.

  • Develop thorough documentation to support commissioning and qualification efforts including master and project validation plans, specifications, protocols, reports, standard operating procedures and guidelines.

  • Manage contract resources to support capital and expense projects.


Functional/Technical Knowledge: Applies extensive technical and industry-specific expertise, and has full knowledge of the requirements of other related disciplines. Demonstrated skills in leading, planning, and developing successful business processes/business units.

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. Able to adapt and respond positively to a variety of situations and people in order to meet changing departmental priorities. Operates within established HR policies. Experienced in colleague relations issues.

Discretion, Latitude, Level of Independence: Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercises some latitude in determining objectives of assignment. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long- term perspective, for desired results. Interprets policies & procedures that typically affect subordinate organizational units. Recommends changes to operating policies.

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 colleagues and subordinate leaders to achieve delivery of short-term to mid-term goals. Leads and motivates others, generating commitment and a shared sense of purpose. Empowers others to contribute their best.

Teamwork/Influence: Represents the organization as the contact on projects. Interacts with senior internal and/or external personnel on matters often requiring coordination between organizations. Frequent contacts with internal personnel and outside customer representatives at various management levels concerning operations or scheduling of specific phases of projects or contracts. Conducts briefings and participates in technical meetings for internal and external representatives concerning specific operations. Actively involved in daily operations. Accomplishes results through lower level subordinate supervisors or through experienced Staff colleagues, who exercise significant latitude and independence in their assignments. May head a centralized functional activity.


  • 14 years related experience with BA/BS in engineering or equivalent OR 12 years related experience with MBA/MS in engineering or equivalent OR 9 years related experience with PhD in engineering or equivalent.

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical / FDA-regulated manufacturing environment.

  • A working knowledge of cGMP and facility/equipment validation requirements.

  • Demonstrated commitment to values-based leadership and achieving objectives in a manner that is supportive of the Pfizer values and leader behaviors.

  • Demonstrated leadership, management and technical capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and administer estimates, budgets, schedules, and apply resources to accomplish projects on schedule. Ability to manage multiple priorities and a successful track record of managing projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of the Pfizer organization.

  • Knowledge of programming: Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), Vision systems (Systech and Cognex) and robotic controls preferred.


Travel will be required to support the MAP project. Percent of travel will vary dependent on project deliverables.

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  • Last Date to Apply: September 25, 2018

  • Eligible for Relocation Package

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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