Quality Control Senior Scientist

Sanford, North Carolina, United States
Nov 13, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Why Patients Need You

Everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to the quality and the delivery of safe and effective products to patients. Our science and risk-based compliant quality culture is flexible, innovative, and customer oriented. Whether you are involved in development, maintenance, compliance or analysis through research programs, your contribution will directly impact patients.

What You Will Achieve

The position will support the Pfizer Sanford, NC Quality Operations department by performing Quality Control Microbiological activities associated with clinical and/or commercial product, raw materials, validation, stability. Key responsibilities in QC Microbiology are performing GMP tasks/activities associated with maintaining compliant QC Microbiology laboratories; testing, analyzing, interpreting, and trending results/data; creating, reviewing, executing, and approving documentation; participating in and/or leading/reviewing investigations of events/OOS results; acting as a change agent and driving continuous improvement/Operational Excellence/innovative implementations; represents QC Microbiology on cross functional teams; and leads projects and/or teams providing guidance/training/coaching to junior colleagues; troubleshooting; provides guidance/coaching; Specific responsibilities in the QC Microbiology laboratory involve bioburden, viable count method testing, sterility, microbial identification, culture purity, growth promotion, media management etc. This position could acquire direct reports with colleague development and performing one on ones as part of the 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 "go-to" person or Subject Matter Expert for a specific subject area and are considered capable of supporting audits and investigations, reviewing/approving technical content to ensure scientific merit and compliance to 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 of issues
  • Applies discipline's principles, appropriate procedures, and leadership skills to action plan and contribute to executing toward team/project goals
  • Solving highly complex mathematical problems and situation dependent problems using convoluted information
  • Method 1, yellow belt trained and can apply tools to solve issues (including technical issues)
  • Ability to receive feedback from management and other colleagues, takes accountability for actions and personal development
  • Consistent correctness and accuracy in tasks, activities, decisions, and documentation; detail oriented behavior
  • Good judgment and correct decision making based on Pfizer procedures, policy and standards; quality systems knowledge; technical experience; and industry guidance / regulatory authority regulations; decision impact awareness on future quality and compliance as well as impact on own work group, department, and network
  • Represents Quality Control on site and network teams/forums that support sustaining or improving site or network operations; influences and negotiates with business lines and shares information obtained with team; acts as change agent for improvements
  • Proactively identifies, takes remedial action, and/or seeks advice when a personal, project, or team goal/deliverable is off schedule
  • Delivery on 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 create, 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; supports training of staff; mentoring and coaching junior colleagues
  • Displays strong investigative or technological orientation with independence for design of projects/studies and able to make significant independent contributions to the development of methodology including new technologies and automation
  • Expertise with investigations quality system and able to independently handle complex investigations and associated CAPA within own work area under limited 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 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; Lean Six Sigma concepts; Lean Labs; project management; formal Quality Change Control, Investigations, and Documentation systems, and Quality Risk Management including risk assessments.
  • Trains junior colleagues and may develop training plans and/or oversee training activities for groups.
  • Responsible for assessing existing situations and suggesting continuous improvements to increase compliance and innovation.
  • Provide guidance/coaching to colleagues. Capable of determining colleague training requirements for setting curricula and assisting with colleague development planning.
  • Spectrum of testing includes bioburden, viable count method (serial dilution), sterility testing, microbial identification, culture purity, etc.
  • Responsible for knowing, understanding and acting in accordance with Pfizer's values and our OWNIT culture


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 8-10 years of manufacturing, quality or engineering 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
  • Demonstrated experience in Quality Control
  • Extensive knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices {also cGMP} compliance requirements for Quality Control Laboratories, application of compendial methods and experience with a wide range of analytical techniques
  • In-depth understanding of aseptic processing and monitoring procedures
  • Reasoning ability including strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Strong people management experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Master's degree
  • Knowledge in the application of statistical tools, root cause analysis and/or six sigma methodologies.

  • 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.


Work schedule may include weekdays and/or weekend days with first, second, and/or third shift hours as appropriate for assigned tasks/activities.

Limited travel for the position; no more than 10% traveling.
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 4 December, 2020
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

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