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Senior Specialist, Operational Excellence


Kalamazoo, MI
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The mission for the Operational Excellence team is to "Inspire a best-in-class culture of continuous improvement that empowers colleagues and enables processes to function efficiently and effectively". This position is accountable for helping deliver that mission for the site.

This Operational Excellence Senior Specialist role is part of the Operational Excellence organization, and will be heavilly involved with the deployment of IMEx, Lean Management System elements, and Method 4 throughout the Kalamazoo Site.

The role will also involve Six Sigma responsibilities such as deploying the Pfizer Human Performance Methodology, Root Cause Analysis, and Method 1, 2, and/or 3.


+ Act as a change agent who is dedicated to inspiring positive change for the site through their work.

+ Support the education of site colleagues in Lean Six Sigma principles through leading/facilitating classes, projects, workshops, and coaching/mentoring.

+ Coach/facilitate/lead project teams, assist in OpEx strategy definition, solve problems, and implement solutions to improve operational performance.

+ Contribute to a Zero Defects culture through advocating the use of Lean Six Sigma methodologies during day to day activities.

+ Support strategic proposals, progress updates and presentations to all levels of the site organization, as well as corporate functions.

+ Support the vision of every colleague, every day improving their work processes through IMEx and other related OpEx programs.


+ EDUCATION: The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of applicable experience and a BA/BS degree (or 3 years applicable experience and MS degree) in Engineering, Chemistry, Physical/Biological Sciences, Business, Integrated Supply Management, or related applicable discipline that will enable the team to meet its mission.

+ EXPERIENCE: The candidate must demonstrate:

+ Effective colleague education, team facilitation, quantitative analysis and communication skills.

+ Experience deploying elements of IMEx/Lean Management System.

+ Ability to understand the human element of site transformation activities. Understanding how to work effectively with site colleagues through the change process is required to be successful in this position.

+ Ability to comprehend and deploy the Pfizer Human Performance methodology to drive a Zero Defects culture.

+ Ability to effectively coach/mentor/influence colleagues and manage diverse relationships.

+ Six Sigma Yellow, Green or Black Belt certification is preferred.

This position could require frequent time in the manufacturing areas around production equipment and may also require weekend or off-shift work to support project demands and timelines.


Job will include standing, walking, sitting, ability to perform mathematical calculations and complex data analysis. Occasional lifting may be required.


This is a 1st Shift Position with support to 2nd and 3rd shift production. Job may require occasional weekend/evening work supporting a 24-hour/7 day operation.


+ Eligible for relocation package


This role will interact regularly with all site functions, including API, Drug Product, Quality, Engineering, and EHS. Interaction with corporate Network Excellence (NExT) is also expected to align with corporate guidance and direction.

**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: 1/30/2018** Eligible for Relocation Package - Yes

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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