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Pfizer Process, Transformation & Continuous Improvement Lead Scientist in Groton, Connecticut

Role Summary

Drug Safety Research & Development (DSRD) is seeking a leader to drive transformation that best leverages the balance of science, business process and digital solutions. We are looking for a creative and analytical problem solver who is passionate about making a difference through data-driven decision making and process improvements. The Scientific & Operational Effectiveness (SOE) Systems Enabling Process, Transformation & Continuous Improvement Lead Scientist fosters, inspires, and enables our DSRD colleagues to adopt new ways of working that accelerate our performance and Digital Strategy through optimized, simplified and sustainable processes, technologies and procedures.

Role Responsibilities

  • Establish a vision and strategy for prioritizing, implementing, and maintaining data-driven process improvements within DSRD

  • Ensure visibility and clarity of the organization's key scientific and business processes, data flow, data standards, analytical engines and pipelines

  • Facilitate the analysis of our key processes and engage our colleagues in identifying problems, unnecessary complexity and opportunities so that innovative and regulatory compliant solutions can be surfaced; recommend business and technical solutions to improve operational effectiveness.Create/ update process and data flow models

  • Eliminate unnecessary complexity in our work through streamlining our business processes and simplifying and leveraging technology

  • Identify risks and issues in scientific and business processes, data and systems

  • Utilize proven continuous improvement methods to pilot ideas, and deliver bottom line, quantified results

  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement that will be achieved through team building, education/ coaching and enabling people to solve problems and bring forth ideas

  • Be an active and visible change agent, fostering a flexible and open mindset to new opportunities and continuous improvement

  • Collaborate with members of the Strategic Implementation Team and Pfizer Digital to help assess impact to processes, people, data integrity, and systems - before a project is endorsed

  • Collaborate across DSRD and WRD lines, working in strong partnership with our key stakeholders (e.g. Pfizer Digital, upstream/downstream Partner Lines)

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with a preference in Science or Engineering related field

  • 12+ years' experience working within the pharmaceutical/ drug development R&D industry and/or related experience in these areas

  • A process design expert on cross-functional process design and modeling, facilitation of process mapping and implementation of new processes using innovative and effective methodologies

  • Solid understanding of available Lean/CI tools with demonstrated application experience (e.g. GE Workout, A3, Value Stream Mapping, Critical Path Method, Kaizen events, etc.)

  • Strong communicator, both verbal and written, with the ability to influence across functions and at all levels of an organization

  • Demonstrated organized and structured thinking and execution, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and adjust priorities as needed in order to meet deadlines, demonstrating a high level of independent judgment and proactivity

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate and influence others, negotiate during situational conflict, and establish the best forward path in the face of competing points of view

  • 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

  • Ability to present and communicate complex ideas clearly, succinctly and easily understandable to stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred

  • Continuous Improvement Education or Certification (Kaizen Facilitation, Lean, Six Sigma)

  • Data/ tech savvy would be a plus; be able to "speak" the digital language as well as the language of our customers

Non-standard work schedule, travel or environmental requirements

This role requires the ability to work on site and travel (10%-15%) to other DSRD sites: Groton, CT, Andover MA, Cambridge MA, La Jolla CA

Other Job Details:

  • Additional Location Information: Groton, CT; Cambridge, MA and La Jolla, CA.

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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