Director/Team Leader, Environmental Health and Safety
Pfizer - Puerto Rico

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All over the world, Pfizer colleagues are working together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Each position at Pfizer touches and contributes to the success of our business and our world. That's why, as one of the global leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry, Pfizer is committed to seeking out inspired new talent who share our core values and mission of making the world a healthier place.

The Director/Team Leader, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for assuring Pfizer Barceloneta Operations is in compliance with all standards, policies and regulations related to:
  • Environmental (air pollution, wastewater, waste management, water supply, groundwater, environmental impact assessments, fugitive emissions (LDAR) program, government inspections, pollution prevention, solid wastes and solvent recycling activities, change management)
  • Process Safety (change management, risk evaluations, Process Hazard Analyses, handling of volatile and toxic materials in the workplace, critical process safety systems and equipment)
  • Health (safe environment, ergonomic standards, chemicals in the workplace, occupational hygiene, hazard communication, respiratory protection, hearing conservation, proper use of personal protective equipment)
  • Colleague Safety (incidents/accidents investigations, job safety analyses, overseeing the contractor EHS program effectiveness handled by EMU Department)
  • Emergency Planning and Response (selection and training of Emergency Response Team; leading other emergency efforts, i.e., Hurricane and Earthquake emergencies, etc.)
This role is also responsible for setting EHS practices, goals/objectives and coordinating its implementation through EHS Team. Assures appropriate evaluation of EHS aspects on new capital projects. The incumbent is the main EHS contact to deal with trade associations (PRMA, PIAPR, CIAPR, and AIDIS) and government agencies (PROSHA, EQB, EPA, DOH, Fire Department, PRASA, DNER) that are stakeholders on EHS matters. This role is responsible to keep the Sites EHS policy effective and up to date.


1.Leads and coordinates programs to reduce safety hazards to employees, contractors and visitors, such as programs for eye protection, protective clothing and equipment, respiratory protection, control of hazardous energy - lock out/tag out (LOTO), equipment guarding, confined space entry, hot work permits, and others.
2.Leads and coordinates efforts to monitor, control and reduce employee exposures to chemicals in the workplace.
3.Interfaces with government EHS agencies, including preparing permit applications, negotiating approval conditions, and interfacing with inspectors.
4.Interfaces with Global EHS and EHS Legal for ensuring that the Pfizer EHS Standards are implemented.
5.Prepares annually a plan through EHS goals and Objectives to sustain a continuous improvement environment on EHS throughout the Site operations.
6.Leads efforts or projects to minimize discharges to the environment, as well as activities to reduce water usage, greenhouse gases and wastes generation through environmental sustainability activities in conjunction with the Engineering Department.
7.Provides advice to Site Leadership and other plant departments regarding EHS issues, including legal and regulatory requirements, technical matters, and good practices.
8.Identifies and implements the necessary EHS training needs throughout the organization.
9.Actively participates in different trade organizations with interest in EHS matters to influence in trends of new EHS laws and regulations that could impact the industrial environment.
10.Implements actions to control and reduce process safety and health risks that could cause fires, explosions and hazardous material releases, complying with the OSHA Process Safety Standard.
11.Maintains a state of readiness to respond to fires, explosions, or hazardous material releases, and to effectively respond to such incidents if they do occur.
12.Monitors and maintains data about discharges to the air, sewers, land, and groundwater; provides reports to Site Leadership and government agencies about these discharges as requested or required by law or regulation;
13.Assures that discharges to the environment are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, permits and approvals.
14.Coordinates inspection and monitoring of environmental control equipment to assure proper operation.
15.Prepares notification documents for Government Agencies of any EHS events that meets the notification criteria.
16.Ensure the effectiveness incident investigation system such as all investigations are conducted on time, with corrective and preventive actions to avoid reoccurrence.
17.Follows EHS regulatory and government program trends, advises Site Leadership of their importance, develops plans to address these trends, and provides comments or participates in actions to influence in the implementation of future regulatory programs.
18.Ensure that all changes with potential EHS impact will be evaluated by the EHS Team with sufficient speed and accuracy to support business operations effectively.
19.Inspects monitors and audits Site operations to assure that EHS systems are in place to guarantee full compliance with EHS applicable regulations and Global EHS Standards at all times.
20.Prepares an EHS annual operating budget and identifies other function financial needs to meet EHS goals and objectives and sustain full compliance with EHS requirements.


Bachelor degree in engineering (chemical, environmental, mechanical, civil (sanitary)) or science. A master degree in EHS or Engineering is desirable.

Incumbent must have 10+ years of experience in EHS matters with at least 8 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry and direct experience in chemical manufacturing operations. This role should have at least 5 years of experience as people leader.

  • Technical Skills
  • Incumbent must understand the working principles and operations of instrumentation, scientific techniques, chemical plants (API), pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and utilities.
  • Incumbent must have strong knowledge of global EHS regulations, local and federal laws and practices.
  • This role shall be viewed as a Subject Matter Expert within the Pfizer EHS Global community to set and improve EHS Standards within the Corporation.
  • Competencies
  • Strategic and Innovative thinker
  • Grows Leaders
  • Insight, Influence and Inclusion
  • Acts decisively
  • Seizes Accountability
  • Hold People Accountable
  • Self Awareness
  • Builds Change-Agile Organization
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge of Lean, 6 Sigma and M1 tools are desirable. Yellow, Green or Black belt certifications are desirable.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to interact and influence all levels in the organization
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may need to work on different settings such as: normal office, manufacturing operations field work, and virtual with the appropriate technology tools. Open to support operations at all work shifts as needed.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Pfizer in the U.S. In certain circumstances it may be advantageous to Pfizer to support the application(s) for temporary visa classification and/or sponsor applications for permanent residence so that a foreign national colleague can accept or remain in a work assignment in the U. S. For certain classes of temporary visas, the resulting work authorization may be specific to Pfizer and the specific job and/or work site. Pfizer may at its business discretion decide to or refrain from obtaining, maintaining and/or extending the temporary visa status and/or sponsoring a colleague for permanent residency and /or employment eligibility, considering factors such as availability of qualified U.S. workers and the colleague's long-term prospects for securing lawful permanent residence, among other reasons. Employment applicants requiring immigration sponsorship must disclose, when initial application for employment is made, whether or not they are legally authorized to work for Pfizer in the U.S. and, if so, whether that authorization permits them to work in the job they seek. In no case should Pfizer's support of a colleague's temporary visa application or sponsorship of a colleague for permanent residence be construed to guarantee success of that application or amend or otherwise invalidate the "at-will" employment relationship between the colleague and Pfizer.

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