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Pfizer API Continuous Improvement Manager in Kalamazoo, Michigan


Provides technical expertise and operational support for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) operations, with a focus upon continuous improvement as part of Pfizer's Integrated Manufacturing Excellence (IMEx) program. Partners with multiple Process Centric Teams (PCT's) and supervision to lead standard work and drive continuous improvement initiatives across multiple production buildings. Position will be 100% dedicated to continuous improvement for approximately half of the API facility.

Act as a singular Continuous Improvement SME, providing Continuous Improvement support, leadership, and facilitation for API Tier 2 and at least 6 Process Centric Teams (PCTs). Utilize all data inputs from multiple elements across the PCTs and formulate areas of opportunity for the PCT. Facilitate CI meetings across all shifts and work with the PCT leads and the shop floor to better understand the largest areas of opportunity. Provide direction on what activities to initiate and what overall expected impact from implementation can be gained. Coach units in IMEx, Continuous Improvement (CI) standards and ensure continued adherence to standards for qualified PCTs.


  • Apply extensive industry, functional and Pfizer-specific principles, theories, concepts and practices to drive continuous improvement at the unit and site operations levels. Have full knowledge of the requirements of other related disciplines. Demonstrate skills in leading, planning, and developing successful business processes/business units.

  • Develop and apply solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity, innovation, and creativity on a unit level. Contribute to improving site level operations. Able to gather, analyze, interpret, relate and compare information from multiple sources and identify cause and effect relationships. Ensure solutions are consistent with organizational objectives. Able to adapt and respond positively to a variety of situations and people to meet changing departmental priorities. Operate within established HR policies and guidelines. Propose and facilitate continuous improvement of standard work. Manage and run Green Belt projects.

  • Work is performed with minimal direction. Exercise some latitude in determining colleagues and unit objectives of assignments in the unit. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long- term perspective for desired results. Assist in developing and supporting policies & procedures that affect colleagues. Recommend changes to operating policies.

  • Guide the successful completion of major programs and may be in a team or project leadership role. Contribute to achievement of team, plant and/or global goals. Ensure that projects are completed on schedule and within budget. Monitor and manage the efforts of colleagues to achieve delivery of short-term to mid-term goals. Lead and motivate others, generating commitment and a shared sense of purpose. Empower others to contribute their best. Manage and coach projects for Tier 2.

  • Represent the organization as the contact on projects. Interact with internal and/or external personnel on matters often requiring coordination between organizations. Contact internal personnel and outside customer representatives at various management levels concerning operations or scheduling of specific phases of projects or contracts. Conduct briefings and participate in technical meetings for internal and external representatives concerning specific operations. Represent the department on specific intra-Pfizer projects. Assist in training less experienced team members. Accomplish continuous improvement tasks mainly through colleagues.

  • Projects and tasks covering short-term (3 to 6 months) to mid-term (12 to 18 months) deliverables; Work measured at milestones.


  • 7+ years of related experience and BS / MS Chemical Engineering or related field, with at least 1 year of experience with Operational Excellence program (Lean, IMEx, etc.) experience.

  • Effective written and oral communication

  • Microsoft Applications

  • Frequent time in the manufacturing area around equipment with moving parts, stair climbing, roof access.

  • Data oriented with experience manipulating large, diverse data sets into intuitive outputs.

  • Self-motivated with strong time management skills. Collaborative and recognized as a change agent.


  • Pharmaceutical or manufacturing experience and strong, demonstrated technical skills exhibited in a cGMP environment are preferred. Specific knowledge of and experience with Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient processing and equipment is highly desirable.

  • Green Belt certified (or capable/enthusiastic to obtain)

  • Prior experience with Pfizer's IMEx program and demonstrated success with continuous improvement initiatives.

Physical or Mental Requirements

Moderate time in manufacturing and frequent time in 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 on occasion.

Office environment, with moderate 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 on occasion.


Occasional travel may be required for specific projects or training.

Job may also require occasional weekend/evening work supporting a 24-hour/7-day operation.

Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 10/26/21

  • 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

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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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