Sr. API Manufacturing Engineer/Specialist

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sep 29, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Why Patients Need You

Our breakthroughs would not make it to the hands of patients without our pharmaceutical manufacturing team. We rely on a team of dedicated and agile members, who understand the importance and impact of their role in Pfizer’s mission. Patients need colleagues like you who take pride in their work and always look to improve outcomes. You will help to ensure that patients and physicians have the medicines they need, when they need them.

What You Will Achieve

Analyzes / designs sequence of operations and workflow to improve the company's production facilities within regulations and GMP guidelines. Activities may include process monitoring, safety and environmental improvements, troubleshooting, process reliability improvements, validation, and technology transfers.  May establish or assist in establishing accident prevention measures and may train personnel concerning all phases of production operations. Conducts studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems. On the basis of these studies, develops and implements plans and programs for facility modifications and revisions to operating methods. May assist project managers or engineers in the planning and design of facilities.

How You Will Achieve It

Functional/Technical Knowledge:  Application of industry, functional and Pfizer-specific principles, theories, concepts and practices to improve operations.  General knowledge of other related disciplines.  Apply basic leadership principles. Focus is on leading/overseeing defined processes, which may require detailed knowledge.

Problem Solving and Innovation:  Provide solutions to a wide range of difficult/complex problems. May refer to precedents and policies. Able to gather, analyze and interpret information and identify cause and effect relationships.  Solutions are imaginative, practical, thorough, and in-line with organization objectives.  Able to adapt and respond positively to situations and people in order to meet changing work unit priorities.  Identify cost improvement projects.  Operate within established HR policies and guidelines.

Discretion, Latitude, Level of Independence:  Work under only general direction.  Participate in determining objectives of assignments.  Independently determine and develop the approach to solutions.  Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.  Administer policies & procedures that affect individual colleagues in assigned unit. 

Impact and Organizational Contribution:  Contribute to the completion of specific programs and projects.  Ensure that projects are completed on schedule following established procedures and schedules. Erroneous decisions or recommendations or failure to achieve results might cause delays in program schedules and result in the allocation of more resources.  Monitor and manage the efforts of colleagues to achieve delivery of short-term goals.  Lead and motivate others, generating commitment and a shared sense of purpose.

Teamwork/Influence:  Primarily internal company contacts. Inter-organizational and outside customer contacts on routine matters only.  May represent department on specific intra-Pfizer projects.  May assist in training less experienced team members.  Accomplish daily operational tasks mainly through colleagues.  May lead site teams.  Some contact with outside organizations and customers.  Represent the organization in providing solutions to difficult issues associated with specific problems.   Work collaboratively with others to gain agreement on a course of action.

Time Span of Work:  Projects and tasks covering one month to three months deliverables or milestones;  Progress of work measured monthly.


  • Education / Experience:

    • 5+ years of related experience and BS/BA in Chemical Engineering / Chemistry / related field

    • 3+ years of related experience and MS Chemical Engineering / Chemistry / related field

  • Language Skills: Effective written and oral communication

  • Computer Skills:  Microsoft Applications

  • API manufacturing experience



Physical Demands:  Frequent time in both manufacturing and office environments.   The manufacturing environment includes equipment with moving parts.  Must be able to perform gowning requirements for entry in the manufacturing areas.

Requires lifting, sitting, standing, walking, stair climbing and roof access.  Must be available to support 24/7 – 365 operation. 

Work Environment:  Office environment, with frequent time in the manufacturing areas.  Possible exposure to high noise environments, solvents, and pharmaceutical ingredients.  Use of hearing and eye protection is required.  Must be available to support 24/7 – 365 operation.


Role supports a 24-hour production environment.  Primary responsibilities occur M-F during normal working hours.  Some off hour and holiday coverage may be required.


  • Eligible for Relocation Package

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.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations.  These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider’s name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure.  Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act.  Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government.  If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.