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Senior Scientist, Bioprocess R&D Portfolio Representative

United States - Missouri - St. LouisAndover, Massachusetts, United States;
Closing date
Jun 14, 2023

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Health Sciences, Drug Development
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist, Senior Scientist
Organization Type
What You Will Achieve

In your role as Bioprocess Research & Development Portfolio Representative (BRD Rep) you will enable progression of clinical trials through ensuring on-time delivery of drug substance and regulatory submissions for various modalities of investigative biological products. You will serve as the single point-of-contact for BRD on multiple Pharmaceutical Sciences Project Teams (PSPT) and lead the BRD project teams associated with these programs. The BRD teams, comprised of scientists from Science & Technology (S&T) lines within BRD, are responsible for cell line and process development, ensuring manufacture of regulatory toxicology and clinical Drug Substance supplies, and regulatory filings.

The BRD Rep combines knowledge of BRD scientific disciplines and biologics development with project management skills to ensure project deliverables are met. You will provide the BRD perspective to the PSPT to develop a comprehensive project plan, as well as forecasting and planning resource requirements for your project team. You will undertake mentoring activities to guide team members, and update leadership teams and governance bodies regarding emerging issues, risk mitigation strategies and team achievements.

As BRD Rep you will also support the full portfolio through BRD-wide and PS-wide initiatives, such as design and implementation of metric-driven systems for tracking portfolio progression, training and tools for project teams, and creation of standard project plans and resource guidance. You will help identify needs for enhanced operational efficiency and work to establish and implement impactful work process improvements.

It is your commitment to portfolio progression that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Represent BRD on Pharm Sci Project Team (PSPT), ensuring optimal coordination of activities and deliverables, and timely communication of progress, issues, and strategies.
  • Work with BRD Project Team and PSPT to develop integrated project plans to support delivery of portfolio project objectives, including technology strategy, issues mitigation strategies, timelines, budget forecasts and FTE resource estimates.
  • Establish and ensure alignment of project strategy amongst all stakeholders, including BRD S&T lines, BRD leadership team, PSPT and Pre-POC Management Team.
  • Identify and communicate project risks and issues. Guide BRD project team in defining risk mitigation strategies for realized and potential issues, and seek endorsement of risk mitigation strategies from appropriate stakeholders.
  • Work with the BRD Project team to facilitate decision making and problem solving for DS-related issues. As necessary, work with BRD line management and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to technically and strategically represent BRD in the PSPT and other management teams.
  • Coordinate authoring and review of regulatory documentation, following internal SOPs and BRD guidelines.
  • Successfully balance workload of multiple portfolio projects.
  • Support BRD Portfolio Group initiatives for enhanced efficiency of portfolio progression through training and tools development, metric-based portfolio tracking, sharing of best practices, and other operational improvements.
  • Maintain current knowledge of BRD platform technologies including new modalities and manufacturing technologies.



  • Bachelor's Degree with 9+ years of experience or Master's Degree with 7+ years of experience in the area of Genetics, Molecular or Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences/Life Sciences, or Chemical/Biochemical Engineering with experience in development of biological therapeutics and/or vaccines within the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple activities and priorities simultaneously.
  • Broad technical knowledge of cell line and process development of biologics achieved through industrial experience and understanding of early phase Pharmaceutical Sciences project progression.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively across functional lines and organizations.
  • Collaborative, team oriented leadership and participation style, and ability to mentor less-experienced team members.
  • Strong and pragmatic technical problem solving skills.
  • Proven record of managing projects of moderate complexity and leading effective teams.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with tools used for project planning, tracking and management, including Excel, GDMS, SharePoint, etc.


  • Prior experience on portfolio project teams as BRD rep or BRD line technology lead.
  • Ability to distill information from multiple sources into a cohesive project plan, and to analyze project specific experience to translate into guidance across portfolio projects.
  • Familiarity with regulatory/ICH guidelines and IND/IMPD regulatory filings.


May include travel (up to 10%) primarily to other Pfizer sites.


Work Location Assignment:Flexible

Flexible colleagues are assigned to a Pfizer site in Workday where they are expected to work onsite 2-3 days weekly.

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

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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