06 Sep, 2021

Process Engineer

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
Process Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.



Position Summary:

The Process Engineer will lead process engineering, operational excellence and capital projects related to the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The role will require the Process Engineer to lead projects under the guidance from a Sr. Engineer.



Key Responsibilities:

Manage process engineering projects from conception through startup. Evaluate, develop, and manage the design and development of process based engineering projects. Analyze and propose solutions to technical problems; considers alternative projects. Collaborates with Manufacturing, Maintenance, Quality, EHS, and Financial organizations to develop project scopes, schedules, and cost estimates. Responsible to develop the project scope, budget and schedule into a Capital Appropriations Request (CAR, application for approval of funds) for capital projects. Coordinate internal/external validation resources to ensure project milestones are achieved. Maintain cost and schedule control on assigned projects from initial design through successful manufacturing of quality products. Ensures Certification through commissioning, validation and qualification of projects and current manufacturing operations. Advise Site Leadership on best courses of action on projects, technical matters and project economics. Provide regular communication up and down organization on status of projects. Represents Patheon in contracts with outside vendors, contractors, engineers, regulatory authorities, and consultants on a frequent basis during execution of a major project.





Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • 1+ years of Process Engineering/Project Management experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing (or similar) industry.
  • Solid knowledge of global current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in active pharmaceutical ingredients and/or finished pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Validation experience in a pharmaceutical environment is desired.
  • Must possess a high level of proficiency in a technical core competency.
  • Active participation in industry organizations such as ISPE is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to build and drive cross-functional teams.
  • Strong customer focus and drive for results with strong problem-solving abilities.


  • Capable of setting clear priorities, organizing work, and making quality decisions in a fast-paced business setting.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Project.



  • Experience in managing complex engineering projects through cross-functional teams.
  • Knowledge and experience in a regulated environment to ensure regulatory compliance is achieved. GMP experience is preferred.
  • Familiar with upstream and downstream bioprocess operations and equipment.
  • Define process requirements and establish project design criteria based on engineering analysis and evaluation. Prepare detailed functional specifications.
  • Experience in critical engineering tasks; forecasting, specifications, design guidelines, etc.
  • Experience, training and certification in Operational Excellence (Six Sigma, Lean) is preferred.



  • Responsible for the overall management and execution of assigned projects to meet the goals of scope, cost and schedule.
  • Ability to analyze and review processes, process development work, and economic studies as required to develop the project alternatives and final developed scope.



  • 5% - 15% Travel may be required.
  • Risk of exposure to chemicals in a plant environment.
  • Work around biopharmaceuticals, chemicals, plant utilities equipment and at construction sites.



Bachelor of Science degree inBological or Chemical Engineering or Biological sciences preferred. Other Engineering or Sciences field acceptable with relevant work experience.

Formal Project Management training and certification such as PMP, is preferred



Other Job Requirements:

  • Adhere to OHS policies and procedures and ensure a safe and healthy workplace environment


Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.5

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