QC Senior Scientist

Sanford, North Carolina, United States
Nov 07, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The position will support the Pfizer Sanford, NC Quality Operations department by performing Quality Control activities associated with clinical and/or commercial product, raw materials, validation, stability and environmental monitoring. Key responsibilities are performing GMP tasks/activities associated with maintaining compliant Quality Control and Stability laboratories; analyzing, interpreting, and trending results/data; creating, reviewing, executing activates for, and approving documentation; participating in and/or leading investigations of events/OOS results; designing, organizing, and/or conducting assay development/automation/troubleshooting/method transfer/validation activities, acting as a change agent and driving continuous improvement/Operational Excellence/innovative implementations; represents and makes decisions for Quality Control on cross functional teams; leads projects and/or teams providing guidance/training/coaching to junior colleagues; and conducting project management for site and network projects.

This position is a lead role in the QC Bioanalytical laboratory and may have direct reports. Experience with ELISA and/or PCR is preferred. Lead will be responsible for ensuring the routine testing is scheduled and authorization is performed to meet timelines needed for manufacturing to maintain schedules or the QA disposition group to disposition batches. Lead should be able to help troubleshoot assays within the group and provide testing support, as needed and be willing to have direct reports.

Role Responsibilities:

the individual should be considered able to demonstrate the following:
  • acting safely, knows and follows all EH&S safety requirements for site and QC laboratories; leads safety initiatives and encourages others to act safely
  • recognized as a Subject Matter Expert having extensive technical knowledge of assays and instrumentation used within QC
  • reliable to support audits and to expertly review/approve technical content ensuring both scientific merit and compliance to regulatory agency regulations and Pfizer policy and standards
  • excellent effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills; established relationships within business lines
  • ability to identify issues, presents complex problems with possible solutions, and actively takes leadership role to resolve or independently resolves complex issues
  • applies discipline's principles, appropriate procedures, and leadership skills to develop action plans and contributes to executing toward individual, team, and project goals
  • expertly solving highly complex mathematical problems and solving situation dependent multifaceted problems using even only ambiguous information
  • at least method 1, yellow belt certified and/or applies method 1 tools to solve complex issues, implements unique approaches to problem solving, and may coach others to become method 1 certified
  • receives feedback well from management and other colleagues, grows self utilizing feedback and takes accountability for actions and personal development
  • collaborate/independently engage with a wide range of co-workers, customers and management within the Network to gather the input and background knowledge needed to complete assignments
  • consistent correctness and accuracy in tasks, activities, decisions, and documentation; detail oriented behavior
  • good judgment and correct decision making based on expert knowledge of Pfizer procedures, policy and standards; quality systems knowledge; technical experience; and industry guidance / regulatory authority regulations
  • decision making that includes impact awareness on future quality and compliance as well as impact on own work group, department, and site
  • represents Quality Control on site and network teams/forums/summits that support sustaining or improving site or network operations; influences and negotiates with business lines and shares information obtained with Quality Operations
  • influential change agent fostering continuous improvement behaviors in others
  • proactively identifies, takes remedial action, and/or seeks advice when a personal, project, team, department, or Network goal/deliverable is off schedule
  • delivery on large and complex high business impact projects/activities/changes
  • able to holistically review and authorize all laboratory data, and have an extensive overall knowledge of all laboratory operations
  • able to design/create, organize execution, review, and approve compliant test method transfer and validation protocols and reports and equipment qualification/computer validation records; assist with protocol non-conformance evaluations
  • able to identify and seek out external resources (e.g. PDA, ISPE) to build or enhance understanding of scientific discipline; actively supports training of staff; understands the importance of and mentors and coaches junior colleagues; seeks mentor for self
  • displays strong investigative or technological orientation with independence for design of projects/studies and makes significant independent contributions to the development/improvement/trouble shooting of methodology including new technologies and automation
  • expertise with the investigations quality system and able to independently handle complex investigations and determine associated CAPA with no guidance
  • capability of detailing requirements for LIMS builds and/or building and testing new LIMS builds and LIMS Master Data changes

Individual should have knowledge of US, EU, and ROW cGMP; pharmacopeias; ICH guidelines; analytical chemistry, bioanalytical, and/or microbiology techniques and instrumentation, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); Global Quality Tracking System (TrackWiseTM application); Microsoft Office™ applications specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; statistical software such as JMPTM and MinitabTM; Lean Six Sigma concepts; Lean Labs; project management tools including stakeholder management; formal Quality Change Control, Investigations, and Documentation systems, and Quality Risk Management including risk assessments.

  • 8 -10 years of manufacturing, quality or engineering experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry with a BS/BA Degree in Science/related field
  • 5 -7 years of manufacturing, quality or engineering experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry with a MS Degree in Science/related field
  • 2-4 years of manufacturing, quality or engineering experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry with a Ph. D in Science/related field


Ability to lift 30 lbs, stand for 2 to 3 hours at a time, sit for 2 to 3 hours at a time, walk long distances and bend to obtain items from lower shelving/cabinets

Intellectual capability to perform complex mathematical problems and perform complex data analysis.


Position will start as 1st shift Monday - Friday and may move to an alternative shift work schedule that would include 2nd shift weekdays or weekend days shift hours.

Limited travel for the position; less than 15% travel.

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 21 November, 2020
  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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