29 Mar, 2021

Senior Process Engineer

  • Arup
  • Leeds, UK
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. 


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced process engineer focussed on the development and delivery of business in the Life Sciences sector as part of a dynamic, fast growing and friendly Process Engineering team. Whilst the team is based in Leeds, there is flexibility in the location of the role as the work will be delivered nationally and worldwide, with collaboration across Arup offices and supporting a wide range of leading clients. 

With a multi-disciplined team Arup can offer a process engineering orientated approach to the delivery of cost-effective solutions.  The in-house capability allows Arup to undertake projects from the development of conceptual designs and feasibility studies through to the detailed process design.  Through our close collaboration with key clients, we offer the benefit of our professional and highly skilled team of process engineers and technologists, to carryout innovative designs, cost value engineering and plant optimisation. 

This is a growing discipline which we see as being critical to the diversification of our business and initiatives are in-place to ensure stable growth over the next 5 years. As part of this team you will be involved with maintaining technical governance, training and development of junior engineers and injecting ideas for growth.


The Role

You will be responsible for the design, delivery and management of multiple projects in the Science, Industry and Technology market and specifically Life Sciences- co-ordinating inputs from many different people/specialists and working closely with key stakeholders to deliver innovative and appropriate solutions which exceed expectations, within tight budgets and timescales. You will strategically influence the business in collaboration with regional business leaders and support business growth. You will be professionally active, innovating and future thinking.

Duties will include, but will not be restricted to;


  • Working closely with key stakeholders to deliver solutions which exceed client expectations
  • Resolution of technical matters
  • Development of fee proposals
  • Development of technical FEED specifications and data sheets
  • Appreciation of batch processes, formulation, packaging technologies, sterile, aseptic, non-sterile environments
  • Creation of PID’s, plant layouts, GA
  • Attendance at HAZOP studies
  • Predicting and planning future resources, being accountable for financial performance
  • Negotiating appropriate types of contracts and conditions of engagement for Arup services and sub-consultants which minimise risk and maximise the value that the firm can deliver
  • Compliance with the firm’s Management System
  • Actively networks, bringing people, opportunities and activities together to unlock projects and create new partnerships.


You will be expected to build client and partner relationships.

Client facing and engineering related support will be a key part of your role.  Your duties will be highly varied including taking part in or managing studies, preparing proposals, attending client meetings, join multi-disciplinary meetings, visiting sites and supporting engagement with academic institutions.  You will also be expected to take part in mentoring and assist with the learning and development of junior engineers.

You will be responsible for performing process feasibility studies and the process design of new and modified Biopharmaceutical plant. This will include technology transfer of customer processes to manufacturing assets.

To achieve in this role, you are likely to have…


  • Track record of process engineering design in the bio/pharmaceutical sector
  • Extensive experience of Manufacturing or Product Development in the Pharmaceutical and/or Medical Device industry (some other highly regulated and quality driven industries may be considered)
  • Knowledge of cGMP, ISO13485, 21CFR 820 and other relevant regulatory requirements
  • Project management experience/qualification would be advantageous


Education and qualifications

  • Degree qualified (Chemical engineering/science related), or significant pharmaceutical industry experience supported by alternative qualifications
  • Chartered engineer or equivalent


Skills and Attributes


  • A dynamic and ambitious professional with proven delivery record
  • Strong team player able to demonstrate ability to lead and facilitate informal and formal teams in the development and delivery of quality solutions
  • Able to engage and communicate with clients at multiple levels, growing successful long-term relationships
  • Able to work across a matrixed organisational environment
  • Excellent commercial awareness including financial and contract management
  • Must be able to co-ordinate multiple activities concurrently
  • Hands on approach, problem solving mind set, good attention to detail, organised and methodical
  • Demonstrated ability to extract critical information to enable effective and appropriate decision making
  • Willing to learn and develop skills and knowledge


Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.
In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities, so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible working, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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