01 Jun, 2021

Associate Director Processing Engineering

  • Bayer
  • Berkeley, CA, USA
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Chemicals

Job Description



The primary responsibilities of this role, Associate Director Process Engineering, are to: 


  • Plan, direct, coordinate and execute activities concerned with design, construction, modification, and maintenance of equipment, machinery and facilities;
  • Estimate the production cost for products the facility makes;
  • Evaluate and implement cost-saving methods;
  • Update management on estimated costs of changes in product design so appropriate action can be taken;
  • Be a subject matter expert to advise vendors and management about product specifications and plant capabilities;
  • Optimize production processes and logistics with regard to safety, environment, cost, quality and regulatory requirements;
  • Provide the necessary technical expertise for troubleshooting and resolving problems with Production Unit processes and equipment;
  • Collect, analyze and report equipment downtime information;
  • Ensure resolution of critical equipment items;
  • Perform Risk Assessments and resolution of risk analysis;
  • Develop, review and implement recommendations to improve reliability of infrastructure and production systems;
  • Maintain the Calibration, Maintenance and Safety procedures in defined area of responsibility;
  • Develop specification and strategy of spare parts to meet reliability objectives;
  • Be a engineering lead in support for audits conducted by internal and external agencies;
  • Resolve Quality action items and write Engineering Assessments as Subject Matter Expert (SME);
  • Coordinate maintenance activities and shutdown requirements for production equipment and facilities;
  • Work on project management and detailed engineering of smaller and medium sized projects (AR, <$1,000,000), including planning, detailed design, procurement, construction management, quality, budget and optimization;
  • Provide plant and production input and project engineering support for large projects, (AR, >$1 million);
  • Manage asset life cycles for manufacturing equipment.




Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline with at least 10 years of engineering experience or a Master of Science with at least eight years of engineering experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with manufacturing processes including equipment, utilities, and facilities, Certified Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) compliance, high purity water systems, HVAC systems, process instrumentation and control systems, etc.;
  • Experience with Process Control Systems, including DCS, PLC, instrumentation and low voltage electrical systems;
  • Experience with FAT, SAT, Commissioning and Qualification, including hands on experience starting-up and running new equipment, resolving technical equipment issues, developing turn-over packages;
  • Experience with regulatory and cGMP requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturing;
  • Understanding of industry guidelines, regulatory requirements, and relevant Standard Operating Proccedure (SOPs);
  • Proficient computer skills to include Excel, Word and PowerPoint, SAP experience helpful;
  • High level of urgency and is able quickly adapt to changing priorities;
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot complex equipment / systems and supporting utility services;
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment failures immediately and communicate status to engineers and production;
  • Ability to support and prioritize many diverse activities simultaneously while meeting schedule commitments;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with a diverse wide customer base;
  • Working knowledge for high and low voltage (up to 12.4 kV) / low (<480 V)) electrical distribution switchgear, motor control including solid state systems and back-up power generation systems and equipment life cycle management, how they work, how they support the production of biopharma products, and how they are maintained in a qualified safe state;
  • Basic understanding and familiarity with electrical drawings including one and three-line diagrams, electrical schematics, electrical wiring diagrams and P&IDs;
  • Basic understanding and desire to learn in depth of electrical safety practices and procedures including NFPA70E and OSHA regulations;
  • Familiar with electrical codes and standards including NEC, IEC and IEEE;
  • Experience cold rooms and refrigeration systems, chillers and cooling towers;
  • Experience with Boilers and Steam systems, such as condensate return skids;
  • Experience with Building Automation Systems (BAS);
  • Understanding of P&ID’s and Blueprints for equipment troubleshooting;
  • Experience in development of equipment preventive and predictive maintenance strategies, Bill of Material development and Inventory optimization for spare parts.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Engineering experience in a plant operation function;
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with manufacturing processes in pharmaceutical;
  • Previous experience in a Leading Role or function;
  • Reliability engineering experience.



Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.


Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans

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