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Pfizer Principal EHS Specialist I in Andover, Massachusetts

ROLE SUMMARY As a key member of the site EHS staff, the Principal EHS Specialist will manage and implement a variety of EHS programs at the Pfizer Andover OSHA VPP Star site. Position provides EHS technical leadership and day to day operational support for the Andover Clinical Manufacturing Facility (ACMF) as an integrated team member. Position is as an EHS generalist, with primary emphasis on biological manufacturing, facility loss prevention and organizational safety culture program development. A key role is to guide and influence people leaders and colleagues to ensure their success in managing and performing safe and compliant operations.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES Position will be minimally accountable for:

  • Developing, implementing and maintaining EHS technical programs and standards that meet and exceed regulatory and corporate standards. Primary emphasis is on technology transfer risk assessment, manufacturing suite safety, occupational hygiene programs

  • Independently assess EHS risks and programs and sensitively communicate/collaborate with line management on appropriate risk measures

  • Providing leadership, day to day program management, training and operational support to all levels of the organization - suite technician to senior leadership - to achieve a zero-injury, 100% compliant culture

  • Serving as an expert safety, health and environmental resource to the site (EHS generalist), providing special expertise in biological and chemical risk assessments protecting people, environment and facilities

  • Solves practical worker health, safety and environmental problems

  • Understanding of Biosafety principles, lab safety programs and key processes such as risk assessment, inspections, audits and investigations

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of local, state and/or federal regulatory requirements and guidelines associated with biopharma manufacturing, BL2 operations and/or and chemical handlingIndependently identify, analyze and solve complex EHS technical problems. Has investigation abilities and solves problems using advanced industrial hygiene and safety engineering techniques. Leads teams of experts from other functions to analyze and solve problems.

  • Providing consultancy, guidance and direction to ACMF management and front line workers to build an EHS governance structure to drive safety culture and audit readiness

  • Performing specific technical transfer risk assessments as part of a stakeholder team to evaluate hazards and risk mitigation strategies supporting plan of record priorities in a multi-product facility

  • Performing and documenting risk assessments of chemical and biological agent use and associated equipment in consultation with customers and other EHS SME's for large projects and small tasks (both manufacturing and lab)

  • Facilitate and document specific PPE hazard assessments

  • provide training as subject matter expert or arrange through 3rd party to support topic specific regulatory compliance and emergency response team requirements

  • Developing, documenting and communicating specific manufacturing suite, facility operations and materials management safety practices to mitigate/reduce risk

  • Providing EHS inspection and audit readiness guidance to personnel involved in manufacturing, BOEB default and above material handling in the facility including application of related Andover Site and Corporate EHS instructions and guidelines

  • Plans own work to meet deadlines. Effectively planning and completing work product deliverables to team projects to assure projects stays on track. Expected to identify broad objectives for projects. Also expected to independently develop project proposals.

  • Can develop, analyze and interpret data and test results in the context of complex projects. Can collaborate with others to determine areas of potential risk to business success and generate gap analysis.

  • Document technical assignments expeditiously. Works on multiple EHS projects simultaneously and meets deadlines.

  • Providing strong two-way communications and relationship management between ACMF, PGS Manufacturing and EHS/S staff to ensure seamless program management and effective operational support.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree in physical, biological or environmental science, microbiology, industrial hygiene or related scientific or management discipline.

  • 15 years of relevant work experience, or 13 years of relevant work experience with Master's degree in EHS relevant discipline, or 5 years of work experience and PhD in EHS relevant discipline is required.

  • Minimum of 3 years experience implementing EHS-related programs in biopharma or academia is required.

  • Working knowledge of the biopharmaceuticals industry is required.

  • Relevant EHS regulations, principles, pollution control technology, biosafety, industrial hygiene and/or safety related equipment and safeguards subject matter expertise is required.

  • Experience leading and influencing stakeholders in order to advance projects, programs, and site EHS management systems and performance is required.

  • 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.


  • Certification in recognized EHS specialties or professional licensure a plus, including Certified Industrial Hygienist and/or Safety Professional highly preferred.

  • Active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Assn. and/or American Society of Safety Professionals highly preferred.


  • Principal EHS Specialist 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 the site for extended periods of time; to push and/or pull objects weighing up to 30 pounds; to lift and carry objects weighing up to 15 pounds; to sit/stand at a computer workstation for extended periods of time.

  • On a frequent basis, essential duties of the position may require the ability to climb stairs, to kneel and/or crouch to retrieve items.


  • Pfizer Andover is a 24/7 operation.

  • Work is primarily first shift Monday through Friday, but schedule flexibility is required, i.e. ability to participate in occasional 7:00 a.m. meetings and occasional 2nd, 3rd shift and weekend work, both planned and unplanned (emergency response).

  • Occasional travel to local and national conferences and Pfizer sites


  • Last date to apply: 9/29/2020

  • Eligible for employee referral bonus

  • #LI-PFE

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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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