07 Oct, 2021

Principal Process Engineer/Scientist

  • Pfizer
  • Andover, MA, USA
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description


The Andover Site Technical Services Group (ASTS) is seeking a highly motivated individual for a Principal Process Scientist/Engineer.  The ideal candidate will have hands on leadership experience with large scale biopharmaceutical processes/equipment principles and practices.  A strong regulatory compliance and Good Manufacturing Practice mindset/experience is highly required.

The role encompasses the ongoing lifecycle process/product management of commercial and near-commercial biopharmaceuticals drug substances compounds including development and implementation of regulatory post approval process changes.    The individual will be expected to provide detailed technical leadership, process understanding and expertise in support of processes within all manufacturing suites at the Andover, MA manufacturing site including both mammalian and bacterial processes.  A track record of solving complex technical, regulatory, compliance and operational issues through collaboration with stakeholders and other scientists, engineers, operations, and quality control/quality assurance groups.  Familiarity with Lean/Six-Sigma methodologies is desirable.



  • Ownership of the lifecycle management of two or more biopharmaceutical commercial products
  • Collation, analysis and communication of process performance for the purpose of educating staff and developing ideas for process improvement/robustness.
  • Lead (or be an active participant) in cross functional teams in the evaluation, regulatory assessment and implementation of process improvements, process changes and new manufacturing technologies
  • Provide technical process expertise in evaluation of process and regulatory trends/requirements and subsequent implementation of associated changes.
  • Provide technical process expertise in determination of root cause of process excursions and drive implementation of corrective actions. 
  • Assist in planning for and management of production campaigns
  • Assess changes to raw materials and their impact on the process (s).
  • Take on projects in support of operational/process robustness across multiple products and manufacturing suites
  • Be responsible for or assist with regulatory filings and regulatory query responses under critical timelines.
  • Be the technical lead in representing a process/product during internal audits and board of health inspections


Role Success Factors

  • Ability to work and collaborate on multi-functional teams
  • Ability to interpret and communicate complex technical and process information/issues concisely to facilitate decision making
  • Project management capability
  • Self-motivated and able to drive multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities as business needs demand



  • Minimum BS + 10 or MS + 8 years experience in science or engineering working in a pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical environment.  



  • BS + 12 or MS +10 years experience in science or engineering working in pharmaceutical or BioPharmaceutical environment



  • Perform complex data analysis for process analysis, troubleshooting or process improvement.  Thought leader regarding process robustness/process capability. 



  • Standard M-F on-site work week, days.  No or very limited travel required.



  • Last date to apply: 10/15/21
  • Relocation eligible



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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