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Senior Manager, Biosample Manager, Precision Medicine

Remote, Remote, United States; Remote, Connecticut, United States;
Closing date
Oct 11, 2022

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Health Sciences, Medicine
Position Type
Full Time
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All Industry, Pharma
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The Clinical Genetics & Biospecimens (CGB) team in Pfizer's Early Clinical Development Precision Medicine Group is seeking a highly motivated Principal Scientist Sample Manager to support the operations of our outsourced BioBank. The role will support the Head of CGB and provide leadership to a small team focused on BioBank sample operations, as subject-matter expert on biofluid collection, tracking and management.

The successful candidate will direct the shipment, tracking, documentation, and management of biospecimens throughout their lifecycle with vendors and the partner long-term storage facility, from intake to distribution and destruction. The candidate will serve as an internal champion for maximizing the scientific benefit of the Pfizer biospecimen resources and will drive compliance through adherence to robust collection and management practices.

  • Provide operational and scientific leadership (matrix and/ or direct) to the BioBank operations group
  • Develop, maintain and evolve infrastructure (i.e., template study documents, manifest templates and collection guidelines) for banked biospecimen collection in clinical trials
  • Execute the technical and operational procedures for the collection, storage, shipment, distribution and destruction of biospecimens from Pfizer clinical trials
  • Address queries and advise on sample inventories, sample-associated data, and clinical trial documentation as key sample management point of contact to research and clinical teams
  • Lead and/or support the periodic strategic assessment of biospecimens in storage for continued retention of disposition; deliver documentation of assessment
  • Monitor biospecimen collections at biorepository and Central Labs and drive disposition of samples in collaboration with clinical team members
  • Define and report on key metrics related to biospecimen management, performance, and capacity
  • Contribute to quality event investigations, and support implementation of corrective actions as needed to ensure compliance with sample management specifications and quality
  • Propose innovative process improvements and best practices related to biospecimen management, and drive the implementation
  • Represent sample management on cross-functional global or vendor teams as subject-matter expert
  • Work collaboratively with Informatics Scientists, Consent Custodians, and sample managers to enable efficient delivery of biospecimen orders to researchers
  • Assess and champion communication of the business value generated through biospecimen research across disease areas

  • Bachelor's degree or Masters' Degree with a minimum of 10years of experience in sample management; PhD preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the Pharmaceutical or related Industry
  • Expert knowledge of human biofluid types, and collection and storage conditions thereof, and familiarity with considerations for conditions that may impact sample quality
  • Experience working in a biological sample bank strongly preferred, understanding of the end-to-end sample management lifecycle required
  • Proven leadership in sample management and demonstrated experience in process assessment and implementation of improvements
  • Experience in matrix or direct leadership of a team of scientists, developing and coaching others
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage workflows; high level of initiative and ability to work independently
  • Advanced interpersonal skills to navigate a diverse organization and ability to build collaborative working relationships with supervisors, peers, suppliers, customers,
  • partners and stakeholders
  • Technical leadership including ability to apply project management methodologies to achieving reliable and quality documentation of sample movements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to write work guidance and training documents, and experience authoring SOPs
  • Knowledge of LIMS/database query tools with Microsoft Excel

  • Strong knowledge of the clinical trial process, conduct and GCP
  • 10+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry; experience related to operational processes or systems in clinical trials is desired
  • Previous experience with sample management software

Work Location Assignment:Flexible/Remote


Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.


Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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