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Pfizer Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

The Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist position is a member of one or more "Work Area" Process Centric Team(s) (PCT), responsible for maintaining adherence to the Integrated Manufacturing Excellence (IMEx) standards for continuous improvement (CI). Primary responsibilities include identification, prioritization, management and execution of CI opportunities to improve the overall operational effectiveness of the PCT, reduce sources of loss, and meet improvement targets. Analyze data to drive root cause analyses and to prioritize improvements. Support the creation of Tier 1 and Tier 2 CI goals in alignment with Site priorities and Site Goals. The CI Specialist may lead or coach PCT members on structured problem-solving techniques of moderate complexity. This role is a key enabler to the successful deployment and sustainability of IMEx at the Rocky Mount site.


  • Responsible for effective implementation and sustaining two or more work area level (Tier 1) CI Loop(s).

  • Lead Operational Excellence initiatives (i.e. 5S, M1 investigations, GB certification, etc.), develop OpEx skills of colleagues, and drive a culture of continuous improvement with their team.

  • Develop M1 Coach ability and partner with PCT Lead to promote continuous improvement within the PCT.

  • Input and analyze data from IMEx Elements and other work units to identify areas for improvement and largest sources of loss, including collaboration with CI Specialists across ecosystems. Collaborate with other PCT members and Element Owners on identifying and implement continuous improvement opportunities. Utilize data to influence project prioritization.

  • Investigate deviations of medium/high complexity, involving multiple departments that occur on the manufacturing floor. Perform root-cause analysis utilizing Six Sigma tools, and identify appropriate, effective corrective actions. Implements corrective actions in conjunction with the appropriate enabling groups, i.e. Engineering, Maintenance, Quality, Validation, Environmental Health and Safety.

  • With support from the PCT Lead: facilitate the CI Loop meetings, including project prioritization and escalation. Attend daily Tier 1 meetings and facilitate real-time structured problem solving.

  • Lead monthly Tier 2 CI Loop meeting and T2 projects to improve the overall performance of the area.

  • Receive and provide Structured GEMBA on the CI Loop Element.

  • Work with PCT Lead, IMEx Deployment Lead, Tier 1 & 2 Element Owners, Operational Excellence and Area Leadership to build, maintain and improve IMEx within the work area.

  • Partner with shop floor colleagues, leadership and enablers to ensure continuous improvement initiatives are identified and completed in a timely manner.


  • High School or equivalent (GED) plus a minimum of 8 years of experience.

  • OR Associates, in chemistry, biology, computer science or relevant studies preferred, with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.

  • OR Bachelors degree, in the engineering, science or related field preferred, plus a minimum of 3 years of experience.

  • ORMasters, in a science, engineering, or related field preferred, with more than 1 year of experience.

  • Experience in manufacturing operations, maintenance, operational excellence or lean systems

  • Basic project management and presentation skills are required.

  • Basic financial skills and business acumen are required.

  • The candidate must have experience in coaching other in structured problem solving (M1 Coach).

  • Able to apply structured problem-solving techniques to moderately complex problems.

  • The candidate must have experience with MS Excel and be able to input data and generate charts for analysis.

  • The successful candidate must be dedicated to driving positive change through their work.

  • The candidate must be self-motivated and able work semi-independently on CI Loop tasks and utilizing problem solving tools.

  • Desire to grow LEAN capabilities to further drive CI on site

  • The candidate must be able to facilitate group discussion around CI visual management board & root cause analysis meetings. Including problem solving within cross-functional team members.

  • Certification in Lean or Six Sigma


  • It is preferred that the candidate be experienced in using root cause analysis methods including the use of Method 1 and Pfizer Human Performance (PHP) tools.

  • 3+ years of experience in aseptic manufacturing/engineering preferably in a sterile manufacturing setting or Equivalent Lean Manufacturing / Six Sigma Certificate


Job will include standing, walking and sitting.

Manufacturing suite and lab gowning and PPE


Occasional weekend/evening support may be required to support continuous improvement activities.

Occasional travel may be required for specific projects or training:

  • Relevant pharmaceutical experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and mentor colleagues and manage diverse relationships.

  • Lean exposure and capability.


Last Date to Apply for Job: February 27, 2024

Referral Bonus Eligibility: YES

Eligible for Relocation Package: NO

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $78,000.00 to $130,000.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 10.0% of the base salary. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life's moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site - U.S. Benefits | (uscandidates.mypfizerbenefits.com). Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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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. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.

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