Automated Visual Inspection (AVI) Process Engineer

McPherson, Kansas
Jan 18, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Why Patients Need You

Whether you are involved in the design and development of manufacturing processes for products or supporting maintenance and reliability, engineering is vital to making sure customers and patients have the medicines they need, when they need them. Working with our innovative engineering team, you'll help bring medicines to the world even faster by imagining what’s possible and taking action.

What You Will Achieve

Working with Pfizer’s dynamic engineering team, you will play a critical role in developing and modifying process formulations, methods and controls to meet desired quality standards. Your production engineering skills will help in recommending and implementing improvements, modifications or additions that will help in solving problems. You will review product requirements in terms of product development compatibility and help Pfizer determine optimum costs and schedules of production.

As an associate, your focus on the job will contribute in achieving project tasks and goals. It is your domain knowledge, commitment, collaboration and dedication that will help us achieve new milestones and patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Serve as Automated Visual Inspection (AVI) equipment Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assist in the development, evaluation, enhancement, and validation of critical process parameters in support of new, transferred and existing product lines.

  • Generate documentation for proposed activities with respective support functions to develop and coordinate engineering tests, change requests and protocols as required to meet regulatory and cGMP requirements. Work with Automation Engineers in the development of complex equipment recipes to optimize product specific parameters and drive improvements as required.

  • Trend and analyze performance of the equipment, uptime and process reliability indicators. Provide continuous improvement and anticipate issues. Provide feedback to the Line Supervisor on setup, cleaning, operation and training needs / practices.

  • Support AVI operations in troubleshooting, training, developing procedures and process improvements.

  • Utilize QTS for writing and supporting deviations, CAPA’s, CR’s, CI’s and other quality and regulatory requirements.

  • Contribute to the completion of project milestones, organize own work to meet project task deadlines and communicate progress on scheduled projects.

  • Lead or support major equipment related investigations and implement equipment corrective or preventative action and performance improvements.

  • Organize testing associated with the development of new process technologies and the support of new product introductions and tech transfers.

  • Ensure integrity and compliance of data according to Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Coordinate all work on scheduled projects (personnel activities, documentation and outside resources).

  • Perform other tasks necessary to support site compliance to Center and regulatory requirements.

  • Support cleaning program by performing swabbing and visual inspection of equipment.

  • Assist in document preparation and training.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science discipline

  • 0-2 years of related experience

  • Self-starter, team player with strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to coach and provide guidance to others. Strong presentation skills.

  • Working knowledge of computers and software applications associated with managing spreadsheets and databases (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)

  • Proven capability in problem-solving, decision making, and application of process improvement tools.

  • Demonstrated experience in a relevant manufacturing environment

  • Knowledge and experience with Drug Product processing and equipment

  • A minimum 1 year of experience in the pharmaceutical industry preferably in a process engineering with a general understanding of the production and VI areas.



  • Lifting up to 25-lbs, sitting, standing, walking, bending

  • Wearing gowning and personal protective equipment in specific areas

  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis.


  • Position requires regular onsite attendance and cannot be performed remotely.

  • Must have the ability to work efficiently/effectively and manage strict production time and performance deadlines.

  • Limited travel required but may include international destinations.

  • Regular work shift but may require support off hours, weekends or extended shifts.


  • Last date to Apply: February 1, 2022

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES

  • Eligible for Relocation Assistance: YES


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.