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Comparative Medicine Director

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Health Sciences, Medicine
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Why Patients Need You

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.

What You Will Achieve

As part of the Comparative Medicine 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 Leadership team (LT) 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.

How You Will Achieve It

  • The CM Director 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 LT.
  • This position serves as the primary point of contact for site matters, USDA, FDA, and AAALAC, and other regulatory agencies.
  • The CM Director 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 as needed and on weekends and holidays.
  • The CM Director is responsible for providing technical expertise in the field of Comparative Medicine and the use of animal models in drug development at the site.
  • As a resource manager, the CM Director 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 CM Director 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 CM Director 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 position provides direction for laboratory/vivarium safety at a site level.

Will be required to work under one or more 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, and AAALAC accreditation standards.



  • BS/BA with 14+ years' experience OR MA/MBA/MS with 12+ years' experience OR PhD with 9+ years OR DVM with 4+ years' experience required.
  • In depth knowledge of regulatory requirements in working with research animals, experience in laboratory animal medicine and science, animal husbandry and vivarium operations.
  • Experience in leadership, supervisory and managerial skills.
  • Experience preferable in pharmaceutical R&D setting with knowledge of the drug discovery process and the practice of laboratory animal medicine.
  • The CM Director 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 CM Director has demonstrated ability to lead a complex and highly regulated scientific and technical organization. The CM Director 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 CM Director is a proven leader that demonstrates all Pfizer values and composes an organization that is inclusive and diverse in culture.
  • The CM Director is customer-centric, seeking out feedback from the customer base and exceeding the expectations of the customer.


  • LATG or CMAR or ACLAM highly preferred.

Physical/Mental Requirements
  • For this position, if at a site with nonhuman primates, you are expected to enter the nonhuman primate areas as part of your job responsibilities, a pre-hire requirement is either providing proof of measles immunity or receiving the measles vaccination before hire.

Non-Standard Work Schedule
  • 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.
  • Location: On premise, with relocation support available.

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.

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

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