02 Jul, 2021

Process Engineer

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Cork, Ireland
Process Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

When you’re part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do challenging work, and be part of a team that values performance, quality and innovation. As part of a successful, growing global organization you will be encouraged to perform at your best. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

Position Summary:
In this role you will lead process engineering support for process design, process start-up, trouble shooting and process efficiency improvements, utilizing significant experience in API manufacture and pharmaceutical unit operations. You will also lead capital projects and introduction of new technologies for R&D Cork and develop, train and mentor junior processing engineering staff


What you will do

  • SME for plant set-ups, unit operations, troubleshooting
  • Working in a HPT partnership with the chemistry and analytical groups to deliver the safe and effective introduction of new/existing chemistry into the Cork Pilot Plant.
  • Lead the implementing plant modifications in compliance to R&D and GMS SOPs.
  • Managing relevant capital projects from concept through to implementation with responsibility for budget, cost and scope.
  • Completing all documentation responsibilities i.e. Process Risk Assessment, campaign summary reports, GMP reviews, PCCE etc.
  • Lead the technical resolution of all plant and production issues in the pilot plant, including managing the Eng Ops interface
  • Ensure strong engineering contribution to all project activities, helping to install design for manufacture and manufacturability attributes early in the process development.
  • Developing the HPT partnership with Process Dev. Engineers and Project Teams. Ensuring that the engineering knowledge is successfully transferred between the pilot plant project teams and to commercial facilities
  • Support commercial campaigns outside of the pilot plant as resource requirements change on a site wide basis
  • Engaging fully in the science of projects promoting innovation and creativity, while delivering value to the customer and commercial where applicable
  • Work closely with the health, safety and environmental team to ensure that the pilot plant is in compliance with site practices.
  • Observe pilot scale trials and identify any potential scale-up issues. Develop a plan for ensuring any scale-up issues are addressed / resolved.
  • Prepare detailed PFDs, and identify the optimum conditions for scale up and validation of the commercial manufacturing process.
  • Agree plant modifications with project engineering area (agree scope, PFDs, P&IDs, Hazop close out etc.) Provide commissioning / start-up support.
  • Work closely with development chemists/customers to ensure optimisation of final process.
  • Ensure environmental treatment procedures are optimised (initiate solvent recovery trials etc., as necessary).
  • Lead trials of new or alternative equipment or technologies that may optimise process
  • Interact with customers as required
  • Lead the process engineering aspects of plant cleaning set-up and qualification
  • Maintain compliance with GMS quality systems. Implementation of equipment modifications and the coordination of qualification and commissioning activities to GMS GMP standards.
  • Ensure strong engineering contribution for Technology Transfer activities, Build and maintain the TechDev/Clinical Supply Engineering interface
  • .Deliver Technical Excellence pulling significant experience in scale up and manufacture
  • Extract maximum value from existing technologies (eg. PAT, DCS) Investigating industry best practice by looking at competitors, suppliers and contract organizations.
  • Extract maximum value from global information systems, engineering tools, the integration of automation and data collection strategies to further enhance NCE delivery based on the information derived from plant campaigns.
  • Be leaders in Eng. Technology Transfer activities across clinical supply and commercial
  • Execution of process engineering efficiency projects.
  • Training for pilot plant personnel on new equipment items / modifications.
  • Take a lead role in the mentoring and training of new starters in the process engineering team. Responsible for executing the relevant training plan and developing skills and knowledge
  • Provide mentorship and support to Process Engineering Placement Students
  • Deputise for the Engineering and Operations Manager when required
  • Perform the lead investigator role for Quality and Safety investigations
  • Lead Audit support/Face the Auditor for both Clinical and Commercial Audits
  • Lead Process engineering support for all capital projects in area (agree scope URS, PFDs, P&IDs, Hazop close out, engineering change control etc.) Provide commissioning / start-up support.
  • Raise Project Proposals as necessary for both minor and major projects, to improve efficiency / resolve technical issues in area.
  • Develop URS for any automation projects in area.
  • Identify any large improvement projects for area that need inclusion in site project plan
  • Raise/approve engineering change control forms for any changes in area.

How you will get here

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a cross-functional team. Ability to work across teams and functions.
  • Clear communication skills
  • Engineering change controls, validation documentation and batch documentation
  • The ability to solve problems is a key skill for this role. The ability to use personal knowledge and expertise
  • is essential. An understanding of when to escalate issues and when to draw on the expertise of others is
  • also required.
  • Effective use of problem-solving tools such as RCA is a requirement
  • Honours degree qualified in Chemical Engineering Preferred
  • B. Eng. Higher degree or other post-graduate qualification in a related subject


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