Director, Comparative Medicine

Cambridge, Massachusetts
June 06 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

As part of the Comparative Medicine (CM) team, you will be responsible for all CM operations, scientific, strategic, and collaborative activities as well as for all CM staff and budget residing at the site. You will be a member of the CM Executive Team (ET) which is responsible for strategy setting across the global line.

It is your hard work along with innovative ideas and focus that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

  • The Site Head has responsibility for all CM operations, scientific, and collaborative activities, as well as for all CM staff and budget residing at the site. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, leadership, resource management, regulatory compliance and communication within and outside of the direct line. This role supports the setting of the global strategy for the CM line in liaison with the CM ET.
  • This position serves as the primary point of contact for site matters, USDA, FDA, and AAALAC, and other regulatory agencies.
  • The Site Head is ultimately responsible for providing and/or overseeing the veterinary care and animal welfare of all animals at the site and may serve on a rotational basis to provide veterinary care coverage on weekends and holidays.
  • The Site Head is responsible for providing technical expertise in the field of Comparative Medicine and the use of animal models in drug development within the line
  • As a resource manager, the Site Head evaluates workload vs. capacity and aligns site resources and process improvements to meet the needs of the line and its customers; assesses current work practices and suggests any efficiencies or effectiveness changes; and optimizes and provides vivarium facilities appropriate to the needs of the Line and Site.
  • The Site Head is responsible for hiring, retaining, training and developing a diverse population of colleagues; ensures the recruitment and professional development of staff to support the Line's objectives and future growth; and manages performance including provision of training opportunities, coaching, and evaluation.
  • The Site Head works with the CM Operations staff to ensure the vivarium and associated equipment remains functioning, up-to-date, and aligned with the research needs. This role may serve on a rotational basis to provide veterinary care coverage on weekends and holidays.
  • This position provides direction for laboratory/Vivarium safety at a site level
  • Will be required to work under one of the following: The United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices, Public Health Service Policy and/or AAALAC accreditation standards.


Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.
  • Advanced degree required; D.V.M. or V.M.D, Diplomate ACLAM
  • In depth knowledge of regulatory requirements in working with research animals, experience in laboratory animal medicine and science, animal husbandry and vivarium operations.
  • 10+ years of experience in leadership, supervisory and managerial skills.
  • 10+ years of experience, preferable in pharmaceutical R&D setting with knowledge of the drug discovery process and the practice of laboratory animal medicine
  • The Site Head has a strong understanding of applications of animal-based research and testing and is experienced in working with teams across an organization and within a matrix structure organization.
  • The Site Head has demonstrated ability to lead a complex and highly regulated scientific and technical organization. The Site Head has proven leadership or shared leadership capabilities for execution of local projects and designs an organization that is situated to contribute successfully to the delivery of the portfolio. The Site Head is a proven leader that demonstrates all Pfizer values and composes an organization that is inclusive and diverse in culture.
  • The Site Head is customer-centric, seeking out feedback from the customer base and exceeding the expectations of the customer.

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Last Date to Apply for Job: June 15th, 2021


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