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Senior Technical Project Manager

Company: Zoetis, Inc.
Location: Kalamazoo
Posted on: October 10, 2019

Job Description:

The Global Manufacturing Technology Project Lead will provide technical project leadership and support for the internal and external network for Drug Product (Medicated Feed Additives) and Fermentation projects. The Technical Project Lead will provide global leadership for technology transfer teams. These teams will support the technical transfer of commercial products to and from internal and external sites and will support new product development and transfers from Veterinary Medicine Research and Development (VMRD). The Technical Project Lead is responsible for working with stakeholders to ensure timely and robust project execution. The leader will also serve as a subject matter expert for Global Manufacturing Supply (GMS) and VMRD.


* Provide Technical support and project Leadership to manufacturing sites internal and external to the network, including resolution of technical issues associated with marketed products; assisting in the identification of root causes, developing recommendations and supporting implementations for complex projects on a global scale

* Provide GMS drug product and fermentation (upstream and downstream) processing expertise and input with regard to preferred process technologies on co-development and launch teams

* Make decisions on long term objectives, manage associated projects with cross functional representatives and lead team by influence

* Identify new technologies and set direction and strategy within the area of expertise and related disciplines.

* Identify and implement continuous improvement of best practices and standard work (Co-Dev, Launches, Transfers) across projects and the organization

* Analyse and evaluate manufacturing processes to identify process improvements

* Participate in complex troubleshooting and problem solving activities across the manufacturing network promoting utilization of the DMAIC process

* Develop innovative concepts and take appropriate risk to successfully complete projects

* Work with other team leaders on sharing of technical knowledge across the network and encourage others to share knowledge.

* Recognizes development needs and create development opportunities within the (project) teams

* Lead the technology transfer of marketed products in support of strategic network decisions

* Delivering the portfolio of new products to the Commercial organization by co-leading the co-development and supporting/leading launch teams

* Provide single point of accountability to represent GMS during Discovery and Development phases for new products and new technologies.

* Provide ongoing technical support on special projects as required by customer and group needs.

* Participate in due diligence efforts and technical assessment of CMOs to support evaluation of potential sourcing options/changes


* BS degree in biochemical/chemical engineering or related discipline is required

* 10 years of industry experience, combination of experience with scaling-up fermentation processes including down stream and technology transfer and drug product manufacturing with a focus on solid oral dosage

* Minimum of 5 years of project management experience

* Knowledge of manufacturing facilities and equipment capabilities and constraints

* Familiarity with commercial scale fermentation equipment and processes. This includes:

* Seed scale up, media requirements and sterilization methods, agitation, aeration, DO & pH control, fermentation feeding methods, filtration methods and other processes

* Familiarity with commercial scale drug product equipment and processes. This includes:

* Blending (Ribbon Mixer, Paddle Blender, Bin Blender; etc.), granulation (high sheer and roller compaction), drying (fluid bed and spray), material transfer, and other processes

* Mastery of scientific principles, practices and theories

* Skilled in applying statistical methods to fermentation process performance


* Effective interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross functional and culturally diverse work environment. The ability to confidently assert a technical position in the face of opposition.

* Ability to lead and influence a cross functional team

* Strong understanding of regulatory and quality requirements

* Proven record of consistent performance

* Demonstrated capability to effectively apply knowledge, lead multiple activities and balance priorities

* Commitment to delivering results

* Demonstrated excellence in planning and organizational skills

* Comprehensive demonstrated skills in communication (oral and written) particularly technical writing

* Comprehensive Microsoft Office skills

* Willingness to travel, including international travel, as needed (-30%)

Full time



Zoetis 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 or any other protected classification. Disabled individuals are given an equal opportunity to use our online application system. We offer reasonable accommodations as an alternative if requested by an individual with a disability. Please contact Zoetis Colleague Services at zoetiscolleagueservices@zoetis.com to request an accommodation. Zoetis also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must possess or obtain authorization to work in the US for Zoetis. Zoetis retains sole and exclusive discretion to pursue sponsorship for the acquisition or maintenance of nonimmigrant status and employment eligibility, considering factors such as availability of qualified US workers. Individuals requiring sponsorship must disclose this fact. Please note that Zoetis seeks information related to job applications from candidates for jobs in the U.S. solely via the following: (1) our company website at www.Zoetis.com/careers site, or (2) via email to/from addresses using only the Zoetis domain of @zoetis.com . In addition, Zoetis does not use Google Hangout for any recruitment related activities. Any solicitation or request for information related to job applications with Zoetis via any other means and/or utilizing email addresses with any other domain should be disregarded. In addition, Zoetis will never ask candidates to make any type of personal financial investment related to gaining employment with Zoetis.

Keywords: Zoetis, Inc., Kalamazoo , Senior Technical Project Manager, Executive , Kalamazoo, Michigan

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