Director of Aseptic Operations

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Oct 11, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


  • This position will be required to lead the Pfizer Kalamazoo aseptic drug product manufacturing function in a cGMP compliant environment.  The leader will be responsible for providing strategic and managerial oversight to the manufacturing teams across Component Preparation, Product Formulation, Aseptic Filling, Freeze Dry, Biologic Active Ingredients, and Operations Compliance functions.
  • This individual will cultivate and reinforce appropriate Pfizer values, norms, and behaviors and will provide oversight to individuals and teams on personal development, performance, and quality related issues.


  • Direct the manufacture of aseptic drug products across three aseptic cores, ten formulation suites, twelve filling lines and twenty five freeze dryers, as well as all associated capital and product transfer project support.
  • Ensure that the manufacturing departments are cGMP compliant.
  • Ensure that the departments are staffed to meet production requirements.
  • Embed and sustain IMEX processes and tiered governance, empowering teams to deliver continuous improvement and operational performance. Support and foster Supportive Leadership among people leaders within Aseptic operations through active coaching
  • Creates/monitors department’s budgets. Monitors, reports and reacts accordingly to production variance reports.
  • Ensures a safe manufacturing environment is in place.
  • Ensures that all manufacturing methods and practices are consistent with industry and Pfizer standards.
  • Ensures that colleague training programs are suitable and effective to support cGMP requirements.
  • Drive effective CAPA at key suppliers to improve quality compliance and efficiency of componentry. 
  • Write and deliver performance reviews and perform second level reviews as required.
  • Timely escalation of personnel, environmental, safety and manufacturing issues.
  • Provide strategic direction for operations master planning, preparation of business justifications with direct input to capital investments, and oversee product transfers.
  • Must have the ability to simultaneously multi-task across multiple capabilities and functions and handle multiple competing priorities and requirements, including performing site and functional responsibilities.  Note that these activities may not be time bound to core hours or presence at the site.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science, Business or equivalent
  • 10 years of directly related experience and at least 5 years in an aseptic drug product manufacturing environment
  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience directing and developing colleagues
  • Strong analytical, presentation and relationship management skills
  • Experience in aseptic drug product processes
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated innovation and continuous improvement of work processes and deliverables
  • Proven track record of delivering results consistently while being a role model for the Pfizer Leader Behaviors.
  • Strong knowledge of cGMPs (US & EU), OSHA, ISO, and other regulatory agency standards and requirements applicable to a pharmaceutical production facility

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


Aseptic Gowning (to at least Grade C)

Off-shift and weekend work may be required as operations are 24x7

  • Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: October 25, 2021
  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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