Associate Manufacturing Scientist

Sanford, North Carolina, United States
Oct 14, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The incumbent will be knowledgeable of process equipment and systems, manufacturing operations, and automation control (PLC, Delta V, etc) and their primary responsibility will be to plan for and execute process and equipment operation activities during manufacturing operations. The incumbent will assist with production planning and support coordinating production activities across Fermentation, Purification, and Conjugation working with the Supervisors and Process Engineers. The incumbent will provide training for operational qualifications and assist the Supervisors and Process Engineer in assuring all personnel are appropriately trained for the applicable tasks.

The incumbent provides process execution and equipment operational activities in support of cGMP commercial manufacturing. Provides organizing role to ensure appropriate scheduling of activities and ensure production supplies are available for the day's operations. The incumbent works directly with the Supervisors and Process Engineers in the resolution of issues for Bioprocessing Technicians to fulfill manufacturing requirements during the shift of operation.

Conducts all activities that are in accordance with Company policies & SOPs, Pfizer Values, & global regulatory guidelines (including cGMP/cGLP/cGCP), environmental guidelines, as appropriate, etc. Advise management of non-conformance issues and opportunities for continuous improvement.


The incumbent is a skilled manufacturing technician/operator with knowledge of microbial fermentation, purification, and/or conjugation processes in the production of microbial vaccines and biotherapeutics. The incumbent is knowledgeable of required processing unit operations and control systems needed for operations. The incumbent works as part of the production team and leads as well as performs scientific and operational tasks related to manufacturing. The incumbent will work in support of 24 hour operations - working on fixed 12 hour day shifts. Job responsibilities include:
  • This position can act as production area shift lead working in a team environment with Bioprocessing Technicians and Supervisors to execute processing and operational activities in support of manufacturing. Requires detailed knowledge of the operational aspects for Fermentation, Purification, and Conjugation processing to organize daily functions and work in concert with Bioprocessing Technicians in executing those functions in a compliant, safe and efficient manner to maintain production schedules. Must be capable of assessing challenges to the schedule and re-directing activities as necessary to minimize impact to quality, compliance and timelines. Must be capable of making recommendations to changes in the schedule and recommendations to re-direct activities as necessary to minimize impact to quality, compliance and timelines.
  • In addition to processing, cleaning, and operating major process equipment (tanks, fermentors, ultrafiltration units, lyophilizers, etc.), job duties also include routine production preparation tasks such as preparing production glassware and other equipment by operating industrial washers, autoclaves and depyrogenation ovens, use calibrated scales to weigh out dry components and use graduates and flasks to measure liquids. Also, performs laboratory activities such as: performing sample dilutions, pH, and conductivity readings.
  • Requires understanding of scientific principles, operational aspects of production equipment, automation control systems, processing requirements and any related procedural requirements with emphasis on microbial fermentation / purification and conjugation processing.
  • Capable of detecting technical problems and assisting the appropriate colleagues for resolution. Ability to collect and assemble applicable, vital information for presentation to Supervisors and/or Manufacturing Process Engineers to assist in troubleshooting and decision making.
  • Provides input and revises SOP's, batch records, forms or other cGMP related documents developed or revised to support continuous improvement efforts, investigation corrective actions, manufacturing operations, automation control (PLC, DeltaV, etc.) and regulatory audit commitments.

May be required to attend meetings of major capital or process improvement teams, such as facility expansion, technology transfer, MES implementation, operational efficiency, etc.


BS degree in science related field of study with zero to two years of experience in a FDA regulated industry.

Associates Degree in science related field of study with two to four years of experience in a FDA regulated industry.

High School Diploma with five to seven years of experience in a FDA regulated industry.

Experience within the biopharmaceutical industry, including knowledge and experience with relevant biopharmaceutical unit operations and/or laboratory operations. Experience should include operational and troubleshooting skills for biopharmaceutical processing equipment and/or analytical instrumentation. Preferred knowledge of operational aspects for Fermentation, Purification, and Chemistry processing.


Moderate repetitive standing, sitting, bending, ladder climbing, pushing and lifting (up to 40lbs) required on a daily basis.


This position will support 16/5 coverage to Nov then fixed 12 hour days for 24/7 coverage.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 28 October, 2020
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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