Biosafety Manager, Global EHS

Groton, Connecticut
Aug 19, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


Our Purpose – Breakthroughs that change patients lives – is at the center of everything we do.  Every decision we make and every action we take is done with the patient in mind, and to nurture an environment where breakthroughs can thrive.  If you are similarly driven, join our diverse, talented, and dedicated colleagues as we apply science and our global resources to sustainably deliver therapies that extend and significantly improve lives. 


As the Global Environment, Health, & Safety (GEHS) Biosafety Manager, you will contribute to Pfizer’s Purpose by coordinating implementation of Pfizer’s global biosafety program across the R&D and commercial organization. Through your strong technical capability, you will evaluate the biosafety risk profile associated with both internal operations and external sourcing, and collaborate with direct team and site biosafety organizations to develop risk management programs .  You will also contribute to EHS program development with a focus on laboratory and biological safety to ensure EHS risks are appropriately managed and compliance is maintained. 


·       Contributes to the advancement of biosafety and R&D EHS team priorities through program development in areas of technical competency, including biosafety, laboratory safety, and risk assessment 

·       Maintains awareness of advances in biotechnology and new modalities for targets in drug discovery to conduct risk assessments and determine appropriate controls 

·       Coordinates the global biosafety network; maintains appropriate network membership, coordinates/manages a regular meeting cadence, drives network objectives, and maintains contemporary records 

·       Maintains the Biological Safety Standard; develops/maintains supporting documented management systems and tools to support implementation  

·       Serves as the corporate biosafety subject matter expert; provides EHS support and training within areas of technical competency, including biosafety, laboratory safety, and risk assessment/control selection

·       Establishes and maintains productive working relationships with stakeholders to enable evaluation of the impact of business change on EHS risk profiles 

·       R&D sourcing teams to ensure biotherapeutics external supplier evaluation priorities are addressed  

·       Conducts remote and onsite reviews of biotherapeutics suppliers; provides timely communications to stakeholders on the outcomes of the reviews; and drives resulting action plans to closure 

·       Collaborates with EHS team colleagues to establish assessment tools, e.g., Pfizer’s Site / Line Operating Risk Model, to characterize biosafety risks associated with operations and to enable prioritization of program development and risk management actions

·       Promotes organizational learning and risk reduction through evaluation of root causation related to incident investigations within areas of technical competency, and drives actions to address key learnings 

·       Participates as a team member in the internal EHS audit program, when needed 



·       Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, bio-engineering, or equivalent discipline

·       Active membership in a relevant professional body,  (e.g., American Biosafety Safety Association), ideally with a formal continuous professional development requirement.  

·       A minimum of 5 years relevant industry experience gained within a large academic institution, pharmaceutical R&D, or biotechnology setting, 


·       Postgraduate qualification in biological sciences or equivalent discipline

·       Attained or actively working towards a formal professional certification, e.g., ABSA Registered Biological Safety Professional

·       Two years experience in a global / multi-site biological safety role 



·       Reports directly to the Occupational Toxicology and R&D EHS Lead 

·       Collaborates with members of the GEHS team on group objectives and program development priorities; this may require accountability to other line leaders 

·       Collaborates with other risk management organizations, e.g., Environmental Law Group, Occupational Health & Wellness, and Global Workplace Solutions 

·       Collaborates with globally deployed site EHS colleagues and operational teams to drive risk evaluation and risk mitigation efforts; both independently contributing and collectively

delivering work product through leadership / contribution to working groups / networks 

·       Communicates and interacts with business line colleagues 

·       Represents Pfizer in appropriate external groups, e.g., Pharmaceutical Biosafety Group; Pharmaceutical Safety Group – Biosafety / Laboratory Special Interest Topics 


Financial Accountability 

Although not directly accountable for budget management, the position influences biosafety / laboratory control strategies which could lead to efficiency improvement in addition to strategically influencing capital spend / allocation 


·       Position has no direct reports 

·       Position coordinates technical teams in field of expertise (e.g., the biosafety network) 

·       Position may manage contracted resources / summer students to support program development / execution, as needed 


Due to the nature of work assignments, one must be able to perform detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks, with frequent interruptions and under time constraints.  

Position responsibilities require mobility including ability to sit, stand, to walk for extended periods of time; to climb stairs; to lift and carry objects weighing up to 15 pounds. 

The job requirements will require manual dexterity to operate a computer and other office equipment; ability to hear and verbally exchange ideas and information with colleagues and others on the phone and in the office. 


Given the need to interface with globally based colleagues, may on occasion be required to work outside core business hours 

Required to travel within the US and potentially internationally – subject to program needs - projected to be up to 20% of role  


  • Additional Location Information: Cambridge, MA and New York, NY

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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EEO & Employment Eligibility

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