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Associate Director of Operations


Groton, CT
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Support the Research and Development efforts on site by directing daily operations of a program to deliver flawless animal care and welfare at a large multi-species GLP compliant vivarium. Assure the quality of care and animal facility environment is in compliance with regulations and AAALAC International guidelines. Contribute to managing the resourcing for animal care and study support through partnerships with Research and Development (Drug Safety, Pharmacokinetics Dynamics and Metabolism, Research Units). Ensure facility space, equipment and associated resources are efficiently deployed and metrics tracked.

**Role Responsibilities**

+ Assure that the care and welfare of laboratory animals is provided in accordance with USDA and GLP regulations and AAALAC International guidelines

+ Provide leadership to the Comparative Medicine Operations group to maximize the contribution of professional and technical staff to meet CM's strategic objectives

+ Optimize the execution of the daily operational workload and management of a large complex group to deliver flawless animal care and welfare, support in vivo experimentation, harmonize business practices and support the preventative medicine program.

+ Serve as a subject matter expert in areas critical to animal facility and program support including cagewash, husbandry practices, caging, and water systems

+ Responsible for development and implementation of appropriate quality assurance programs, evaluation of capital equipment and supplies and effective management of physical resources within CM.

+ Lead in operational excellence by defining metrics and key performance indicators. Work with CM colleagues at other sites to share practices in managing resources and standardizing operations.

+ Assess development and implementation of enhanced and/or new technologies, equipment and procedures for application to the work environment.

+ Manage talent through focused colleague career development and performance management.

+ As a member of the site CM leadership team, play a key role in building and executing a comprehensive strategy for CM, and partner with all groups in CM to optimize cross-line operational efficiency and set staff project priorities to improve productivity through effective management practices.

+ Will be required to work under one of the following: the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices and AAALAC accreditation standards.


**Minimum Required Qualifications**

+ BS or BA in related field such as biology or animal science with 9 years of Progressive supervisory and managerial experience in a laboratory animal setting

+ LATG certification required

+ Demonstrated ability to direct a program of substantial breadth and complexity with experience in project execution.

+ Demonstrated skill and interest in personnel supervision and development.

+ All colleagues should have functional knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, calendar management and Internet Explorer. Colleagues should be able to use on line systems such as time tracking and document management **.** (e.g. SharePoint, Activity Tracker) Knowledge and use of other systems based upon job function may be required.

**Preferred Qualifications**

+ MS, DVM or Ph.D in related field


+ Supervisory experience in a GLP pharmaceutical setting

+ Experience with nonhuman primates


This is an essential personnel role: Essential Personnel are defined as the staff who are required to report to their designated work location, to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency, as determined by Pfizer, or when the business has suspended operations. There are some individuals who may be required to perform essential services remotely and those individuals will be identified in advance and notified by their supervisors, but in most cases Essential Personnel are required to be on- site during an emergency or suspension of operations.

**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.

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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