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Director, Drug Product Analytical Research and Development

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Life Sciences, Analytical Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
President/CEO/Director/VP, Research Scientist
Organization Type

The Drug Product Analytical group is working diligently to bring new cutting-edge medicines to patients around the world. Our team members use the latest science and technology to characterize and develop drug candidates from early phases of development to commercial launch.

As a Director in the group you will lead a team of analytical scientists to assess the chemical and physical properties of Pfizer's newest drug candidates and evaluate their suitability for progression into clinical studies and ultimately to commercialization. You will have a strong passion for developing early career scientists and be skilled at guiding them to solve difficult technical problems. You will also be constantly looking for ways to improve the speed and efficiency of scientific and business processes used in the development of Pfizer medicines.

A knowledge of pharmaceutical development, analytical measurements, formulation & process development, as well as relevant computational skills are desirable for this leadership position. In addition, experience of working successfully as part of a multidisciplinary organization is vital for your success. You will be responsible for the continuous enhancement of technical skills, scientific knowledge, and personal growth of colleagues. You will also have the opportunity to grow your skills as a people leader and your influence within global analytical research and development at Pfizer.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in pharmaceutical development and extensive experience in regulatory requirements and strategy and is comfortable with leading multiple teams inside and outside the Pfizer network to meet milestones and deliverables. An ability to respond well to change, thrive in a dynamic environment, support and champion technology and innovation are also needed to thrive in this role.

As an ARD - Analytical Project Leader you like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Have overall responsibility for the project management of the analytical activities and associated strategy in the field of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Development for defined therapeutic development projects
  • Define and drive the analytical development strategy in full alignment with the other CMC and associated functions (Drug Product Design, Clinical and Commercial Supply Chains, Nonclinical and Clinical Development, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer Global Supply for Commercial Manufacturing)
  • Plan, track, drive all project related analytical activities and expenditures.
  • Be empowered to drive the decision-making process in a multidisciplinary matrix organization.
  • Ensure fit for purpose and robust analytical deliverables with respect to the project timelines and costs.

As an ARD - Analytical Project Leader you will contribute with the following activities:

  • To define the analytical development strategy and contribute to the high-level milestone plan (CMC Plan) in alignment with the overall ARD development strategy
  • To define the timelines, budget and resources and to coordinate all analytical activities to meet the overall project timelines and deliverables
  • To foster efficient collaboration with the other lines in order to ensure high-quality fit-for-purpose analytical deliverables.
  • To monitor progress against project plan and report progress updates to co-development project team and governance bodies.
  • To establish and track project budget for internal and external activities
  • To update the CMC plan with respect to analytical activities on a regular agreed basis in line with updated development plan and strategies.
  • To prioritize the analytical activities effectively (in collaboration with Pharmaceutical Sciences Team Leads and other lines) according to project timelines and resources constrains.
  • To ensure effective communication with all other involved CMC and associated functions as well as with external partners
  • To initiate risk assessments and development of risk mitigation strategies regarding analytical activities
  • To participate in improvement initiatives as required to ensure best in class project management
  • To champion novel ways of working, including digital efforts, modeling, simulation and integrated online efforts.

  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with 15+ years relevant experience in small molecule drug substance / drug product development, or BS/MS in Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with a minimum of 20+ years relevant pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Extensive practical experience working within cross-disciplinary project teams and achieving results in a matrix environment.
  • Experience in actively developing and advancing scientific initiatives and external collaborations.
  • Proven track record of mentoring and coaching early and mid-career scientists.
  • A passion for leadership and the ability to guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.
  • Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as thrive as part of a team. Interchange roles imperceptibly.
  • Possess a passion for coaching and mentoring a new generation of leaders and scientists.
  • 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.

  • Occasional travel may be required for in-person meetings, conferences, or project support. Less than 10% travel is anticipated for this role.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: March 31, 2024
  • Eligible for Employee Referral
  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Work Location: Groton, CT

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $161,600.00 to $269,400.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 20.0% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life's moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site - U.S. Benefits | ( Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

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

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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. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.


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