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Senior Associate, EHS, Risk Management Services

La Jolla, California
Start date
Sep 27, 2022

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Manufacturing & Production, Safety
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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The Senior Associate, People Experience, Risk Management Services is responsible for the implementation and execution of the site’s day-to-day operation of EHS programs for the La Jolla site. Assists with quality management and conformance with GWS Compliance Manual for the La Jolla and CTI South San Francisco sites. Manages site facilities safety functions. Oversees contractor and construction safety management. The role will also serve as the point of accountability to ensure that appropriate proactive controls are established to manage risk and develop and implement remediation strategies to close any gaps.

This position also manages the site’s occupational hygiene program, including PPE, respiratory protection and OH sampling.


  • The incumbent will ensure that the site's safety programs are fully compliant with OSHA and Cal/OSHA rules and regulations and internal Pfizer standards and will partner with operations to ensure colleague safety.

  • Assisting in coordination of the site's EHS management systems and surveillance audit preparation/ execution.

  • Assist in managing the site EHS Incident Investigation program.

  • Serves as the site as Quality Management coordinator and Facilities Safety lead.

  • Ensure compliance for facilities regulatory programs and serve as EHS Liaison for GWS and science lines.

  • Serve as a Pfizer contact to host regulatory inspectors as appropriate.

  • Serves as Contractor, Construction Safety lead and Occupational Hygiene lead, including Respiratory Protection and PPE coordination.

  • Oversee contractor pre-qualification for the La Jolla site.

  • Serve as the site Chemical Hygiene Officer including review and approval of chemical purchase requisitions.

  • Additional responsibilities may be added by GWS leadership as deemed appropriate.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline (preferably Life Sciences, EHS, or Engineering).

  • 3+ years of experience in Safety/EHS (ideally with experience in multiple disciplines)

  • Capable of presenting information to small and large groups of individuals at basic and scientific levels.

  • Possess an excellent understanding of project management methods, procedures, and controls

  • Proven knowledge and experience implementing and managing and maintaining EHS compliance systems

  • Professional Qualifications: Membership in relevant professional bodies; relevant certifications


  • Master’s Degree in EHS or Life Sciences is desirable

  • Knowledge and experience in compliance management (EHS, USDA, etc.), especially as related to facilities operation/management functions

  • Cross-functional project management experience

  • Strategic thinker with the ability to translate global strategies and policies into site operational plans and procedures

  • Experience identifying and implementing continuous improvement opportunities

  • Experience in successfully developing and implementing policies, procedures and best practices

  • High level of leadership capability and credibility, and ability to influence

  • Skilled at team facilitation to build consensus and reach decisions

  • Strong, effective and proactive communicator, particularly across global areas and customers

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical R&D line functions


Due to the nature of work assignments, incumbents must be able to perform detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks, with frequent interruptions and under time constraints. On a daily basis, the position responsibilities may require the ability to stoop; to reach; to stand, to walk and sit for extended periods of time; to push and/or pull objects weighing up to 30 pounds; to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds with reasonable accommodation; to use finger dexterity to operate a computer and other office equipment and hand strength to grasp objects; to perceive the attributes of objects by touch; to hear and verbally exchange ideas and information with colleagues and others on the phone and in the office; to see clearly from less than one foot to arm’s length with a good field of vision. On a frequent basis, essential duties of the position may require the ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, to kneel and/or crouch to retrieve items.


  • Day shift with occasional after hours or weekend response for onsite support associated with facility incidents or excursions or planned shutdowns for maintenance and/or capital and expense project execution

  • Respond as required to the site in support of business continuity and emergency events

  • Entry and work inside laboratories, vivarium, mechanical/electrical rooms, central utility plants, maintenance shops, shipping and receiving and service corridors. While working in these areas, strict adherence to gowning procedures and personal protective equipment will be required as applicable.

  • General safety knowledge and awareness expected in office, laboratory, and manufacturing environment


Last Date to Apply for Job: 9/30/2022

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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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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.

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