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PSSM Analytical R&D - Head of API Analytical Development

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
Feb 9, 2023

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Life Sciences, Analytical Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Manager, Research Scientist
Organization Type
Head of Groton Project Analytics - API Analytical Development. This group is responsible for all analytical aspects of API development (batch and continuous) from early workflows through to registration and technology transfer to PGS. The group consists of approximately 40 colleagues spanning R1 thru R8 and Director level career ladders.

  • Define strategic direction for the group and influence ARD strategy as a member of the global ARD Leadership Team.
  • All aspects of API analytical method development to support API chemistry development, in process controls, raw material, intermediate and finished API testing.
  • Development of material specifications based on safety and efficacy
  • Overall impurity control strategy, inclusive of mutagenic impurity control and trace level analytical methods as needed
  • Analytical method transfers to PGS and external vendors as needed
  • Analytical sections of regulatory filings (CTDs, INDs etc)
  • Identification, development, and adoption of new technologies to ensure discipline excellence and industry leading capability and value.
  • Ensure all laboratory operations (training, equipment, data generation, documentation, and review) are in accordance with appropriate safety and quality procedures and best practices.
  • Influence internally and externally as an industry leader in the Analytical Science discipline
  • In conjunction with the ARDLT, develop and execute plans for identifying/procuring or developing key technical skills in thegroup for current and future needs through active workforce planning.
  • Ensuring an engaged workforce built around a culture of scientific excellence, transparency, and integrity.
  • Building and maintaining excellent partnerships with other global ARD groups and with leaders of key partners including Chemical R&D, PGS, GCMC, and Medicinal Chemistry

  • PhD or equivalent in Analytical Chemistry or related Pharmaceutical Science discipline
  • 15 years' experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry with significant knowledge of analytical chemistry and its application towards pharmaceutical development
  • Knowledge of GMP as it relates to laboratory operations
  • Well versed on ICH and other regulatory guidance with understanding of impact on analytical development
  • Knowledge of Pharmaceutical Sciences and overall product development

  • Demonstrated ability in development of colleagues
  • Outstanding collaborative skills
  • Regulatory filing experience
  • Track record of technology development
  • Track record of influencing the external environment
  • Experience with continuous manufacturing


This position may require travel to other Pfizer sites, vendors and partners with travel estimated around 10% of time. Some travel may be international.

  • Relocation eligible
  • Eligible for employee referral bonus


Pfizer Global Supply, Medicinal Chemistry, GCMC, Drug Product Development, Drug Product Supply, Chemical R&D-Labs, CRD-Manufacturing


Financial Accountability

This role will oversee 40+ colleagues with a budget of approx. 5-7 million annually.


Expected size of organization: 40+ colleagues

Expected number of direct reports: 6-8

Group may include additional contingent workers, as needed

Work Location Assignment :On Premise

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.


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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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.

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