Gelfoam Production Lead I 3rd shift
Kalamazoo, MI 
Posted 4 days ago
Job Description

The Production Lead I is responsible for providing leadership and direction to meet production demand and requirements.  Liaison between work team and support groups to execute production schedules.  Establish efficient processes, monitoring specific results, and improve identified process opportunities using Right First Time (RFT) and Lean principles.  Assist in identifying problems and communicating issues impacting production activities.  Drives timely resolution to production floor obstacles and contributes to solutions using Method 1 and Quality Risk Management (QRM).  Serve as an operations subject matter expert for the work team and Deviation Report Coordinator (DRC), where appropriate.  Work with project teams to develop production related documentation, user requirements and to execute capital related activities.  Work with procurement and packaging engineering to monitor component issues and conduct feasibility assessments/line trials as needed. 


Production Lead I is also responsible for supporting the work team operation to ensure that applicable safety guidelines/policies are followed, and that all tasks are conducted in accordance with appropriate processing standards, such as FDA's current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s).


General Characteristics:  Everyone a leader..."Find a way to lead."  Learning the organizational "ropes".    Learn activities and tasks associated with own role.  Intro to leadership/values.  Alert to how some leader behaviors apply to self and role.


Focus on Performance:  Consistent delivery of assigned, on-time, as promised, high quality work.  Basic company/industry knowledge (purpose/products/structure).  Strong evidence of curiosity and some signs of initiative.  Begins developing relationship networks.


Inclusive Environment:  Welcomes new members.  Advocates for inclusion of others.  Shares information with teammates/work partners.  Works well with people who have different ideas, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.  Shows empathy and understands the importance of being sensitive to others' feelings.


Open Discussion and Debate:  Shows curiosity about, and openness to, other points of view.  Has basic awareness of his/her impact.  Accepts and uses feedback.  Listens actively and clarifies expectations.  Demonstrates courtesy and professionalism in interactions with others.  Expresses frustrations and concerns in an appropriate manner/avoids sarcasm.  Supports decisions even if own opinion doesn't prevail.


Manage Change:  Reacts helpfully to imposed/unanticipated changes  when announced.  Asks for assistance if necessary.  Contributes to creative conversation (e.g., brainstorming and innovation).  Adapts successfully to shifting priorities, modifications to procedures and processes.


Develop People:  Contributes when team is in feedback "mode".  Offers own feedback.  Helps to clarify comments of others.  Shows evidence of concern for own and others' development.  Shows an interest in continuous learning and personal development.  Accepts and acts on feedback and coaching.


Align Across Pfizer:  Works well with colleagues from other business units.  Asserts own point of view but puts equivalent energy into seeking and trying to understand other functional/unit perspectives.   Learns the firm's values and vision.  Complies with all firm policies and procedures.  Shows concern for company-wide well-being.




Additional Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Functional/Technical Knowledge: Limited knowledge of industry practices and standards.  Proficient in computer applications such as MS Word, Excel and Outlook. 
  • Problem Solving and Innovation:  Develop solutions to routine problems following established Pfizer policies and procedures.
  • Discretion, Latitude, Level of Independence:  Ability to work independently.  Follows specific, detailed instructions. 
  • Impact and Organizational Contribution:  Contributes to the completion of routine tasks.  Failure to achieve results will have significant impact on departmental objectives.
  • Teamwork/Influence: Contacts encompass both immediate work group, as well as, various enabling and support work groups.
  • Time Span of Work:  Daily tasks and deliverables. Results can usually be measured on daily or weekly basis.



  • Education:  High school diploma / general education degree (GED) with an Associates Degree in technically related field of study preferred.
  • Experience:  Three to five years related experience and/or training.
  • Certificates, Licenses or Registrations: N/A
  • Language Skills: Effective written and oral communication skills required.  Demonstrated reading comprehension and writing proficiency at level that meets Job Summary requirements.  Ability to effectively communicate with diverse individuals/groups resulting in desired outcomes. 
  • Mathematical Skills: Strong math skills with the ability to calculate percentages and develop basic graphs and spreadsheets.
  • Reasoning Ability: Skill in analyzing information, problems, situations, practices or procedures to:  Define the problem or objective; Identify relevant concerns or factors; Identify patterns, tendencies and relationships; Formulate logical and objective conclusions; and, Recognize alternatives and their implications.
  • Physical Demands: Job tasks may include frequent bending, lifting, and twisting motions.  Ability to stand upright for several consecutive hours.  Absence of any medical restrictions which could restrict completion of all required duties.  Additional demands are area specific.
  • Work Environment:  Colleague may be exposed to airborne particles which requires appropriate safety protection, noise levels may require protective hearing devices, eye protection required.  Practices and promotes safe working environmental at all times.  Area specific gowning will be required. 
  • Other Requirements: Must demonstrate ability to lead others and effectively work within teams.



  • Weekend work will be required. 


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.


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.


Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: October 8, 2018
  • Additional Location Information: Kalamazoo, MI
  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus


Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
3 to 5 years
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