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Pfizer Team Leader/Supervisor Vaccine Inspection, Packaging, Freeze Handling (1st/2nd Shift) in Kalamazoo, Michigan


This position is a shop floor leader for the growing Vaccine Operations. The scope includes a large number of direct reports (10 to 30+ depending on area) of several different job titles. Key accountabilities include day to day management of the shop floor personnel, executing the production schedule, ensuring all product is produced in a manner meeting safety and quality requirements and hiring and retaining a talented workforce.


  • Supervises and manages employees and contractors who are engaged in the production and packaging of pharmaceutical or biotechnology products and devices in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), and federal, state, and local regulations.

  • Responsible for effective leadership of the work team which includes: managing the daily operation ensuring that applicable safety guidelines and policies are followed; observing and instilling a culture ensuring that cGMP's are followed, ensuring production SOP's are upheld, and production schedules are met.

  • The supervisor will work with the team to define metrics and strategies to achieve results and improve outcomes.

  • The supervisor will act as a coach and mentor to transform the team into a cohesive, harmonized team.

  • Responsible for counseling colleagues to assure proper development for their success, supporting all colleagues to enable them to reach their full potential, and to provide corrective action when necessary.

  • Supervisor/TL is also responsible to ensure timely performance feedback and appraisals for all team members.

  • The supervisor has responsibility to deliver results from a work team that spans two or more shifts. The position will be based on the posted shift, but will be expected to spend sufficient time with the other shifts, and with supervisors and Production Leads on the other shifts, to successfully carry out the job requirements.

  • Successful candidate must demonstrate personal leadership initiative, judgment and accountability in day-to-day work activities in addition to strong planning/organizational skills. Must possess strong communication skills and demonstrate integrity and cooperation in working with diverse colleagues and groups. Experience in the operating area (formulation, filling, inspection, packaging or freeze handling) and strong technical skills are desired.

  • Ensures all members of the team are trained for their roles and tasks and ensures training compliance of the team.

  • Consistently makes significant contributions to the achievement of the team, plant and/or global objectives.

  • Exemplifies and instills in others an Ownership mentality. Demonstrates active involvement in daily production operations.

  • Maintains frequent contact with all stakeholders and impacted organizations concerning operations and production scheduling.

  • Engages the right subject matter experts to help resolve unplanned events efficiently.

  • Works and communicates well across the vaccine value stream.


Education and prior pharmaceutical and/or manufacturing experience required for this role. Prior experience includes strong knowledge, support and capability related to manufacturing operations, methods and practices. Qualifying military experience may also be considered in lieu of industrial experience. Specifics as follows:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business or Science with a minimum of 3+ years of experience and 1+ years demonstrated leadership capability in a pharmaceutical and/or manufacturing environment

  • Associates Degree with a minimum of 5+ years of experience and 3+ years demonstrated leadership capability in a pharmaceutical and/or manufacturing environment.

  • High School Diploma with a minimum 7+ years of experience and 5+ years demonstrated leadership capability in a pharmaceutical and/or manufacturing environment

Previous leadership experience preferred. A strong personal motivation, aptitude, and experience for coaching, leading and managing individuals and teams. An aptitude is desired for understanding process technology, manufacturing equipment, and packaging equipment. Proven leadership ability, decision making ability, excellent oral and written communication skills, and being able to manage groups of people independently are essential. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization. Candidate must possess flexibility to respond to constantly changing conditions and priorities. Able to gather, analyze, interpret, relate and compare information from multiple sources, identify cause and effect relationships using structured methodologies, lead investigations to ensure root causes are understood, defend conclusions, and put into action corrective actions. Adapt and respond positively to a variety of situations and individuals in order to meet changing departmental priorities or production schedule adjustments. Highly motivated self-starter, able to identify what needs to be done and then reliably see this work through to successful outcomes. Strong interpersonal, teamwork and problem solving skills.


Job will include standing, walking, and sitting. Occasional lifting may be required. Job will also entail occasional weekend, shutdown and holiday coverage. Job will require off-shift support.


Works a 10 days on - 4 days off work schedule. The 4 days off always fall on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Weekend, holiday, and overtime may be required to meet business or customer needs. This operation will work 24x7x365. Up to 5% Travel Required.

Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply: February 26, 2021

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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.