12 Sep, 2022

Pharma /Fine Chem Process Engineer

£35,000 - £75,000 yearly
  • Mark Stracey Recruitment
  • Cheshire, UK
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Plastics & Manufacturing

Job Description

The company

Our client is a leading global contract research & development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) that provides integrated drug substance services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The company recently expanded process development labs and manufacturing capacity in the North West and the organisation is working with 7 of the top 10 pharma companies globally, as well as many leading smaller biotechs.  Our client helps to accelerate the discovery, development, and manufacture of complex small molecules for a healthier tomorrow. With more than 2500 staff globally and ambitious growth plans, the company’s vision is to support our global innovator partners to bring 25 new medicines to life by 2025.

Marking the completion of 20 years since inception in 2019, the company began an organisation-wide initiative to significantly expand and upgrade its R&D and manufacturing facilities, deepen scientific & technological capabilities, strengthen automation and data systems, and above all raise the bar for safety, quality and customer focus. Guided by the insights and feedback from its customers, it committed to investing over US$150M between 2019 and 2023. Part of this investment in 2020 were the new state of the art laboratories in our centre of excellence for process chemistry and analytical development.

This is a great opportunity to work with an expanding global organisation and work closely with some of the most innovative biotech and pharma companies on their most important programmes.

The role will be based in Cheshire, UK and will require right to work in the UK. Occasional travel, domestic and international, may be required.

The Role

This is for an experienced chemical engineer who is seeking a new challenge to join the Process Engineering team, as our client looks to expand our project delivery and technology transfer capabilities and open a GMP kilo lab with up to 35L capacity vessels.

•             You will join a team that assists in the process development and technology transfer of process to small molecule APIs, supporting both early and late phase development. 

•             You will be expected to support chemistry projects to develop the process engineering knowledge and lead the transfer from lab to scale-up lab and further production.

•             The successful candidate will have a background in Chemical Engineering with experience in a relevant pharmaceutical or CDMO industry.

•             For those more experience candidates, you will have demonstrated expertise in the scale-up and process understanding of chemical process unit operations in the manufacture of APIs, intermediates, and raw materials. Experience in Quality by Design, technology transfer and commercial production would also be advantageous.

Essential Requirements

•             Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemical Engineering or related scientific discipline.

•             Experience in chemical engineering solutions for the design and scale-up of novel small molecule API manufacturing processes, working alongside R&D scientists and plant engineers.

•             In-depth, hands-on expertise and up-to-date knowledge of a wide range of chemistry unit operations such as reactions, distillation, separation, filtration and drying.

•             Strong scientific track record

•             A demonstrated ability to handle several projects in different stages of development at the same time.

Desirable Attributes

•             Equivalent experience in a Process, Synthetic Chemistry or Manufacturing environment.

•             Experience in working to GMP.

•             Experience in the application of Process Safety to the design of chemical processes

•             Project leadership experience.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

•             Providing expert input to deliver robust and reliable processes for pilot scale and manufacturing plant.

•             Scientific delivery of process unit operations that are designed, studied, modelled, and transferred to ensure successful scale-up and implementation.

•             Working within multi-functional project teams operating to tight deadlines.

•             Leading the process engineering aspects of projects.

•             Supporting scale-up lab manufacturing campaigns as required.

•             Application of new or novel technologies to support projects.

Key Attributes

•             Excellent communication skills to interact internally with project teams and externally with customers

•             Good project management and supervisory skills.

•             Collaboration and influencing skills to build partnerships with the other disciplines at similar   R&D centres and with our customers.

•             Conscientious with a can-do attitude and thorough attention to detail.

•             A team player.

•             Competent in the use of key process engineering and modelling software packages.

The Offer

•             A competitive Salary and Benefits package including company pension, health and life insurance, 25 days holiday per year and enhanced family leave. 

•             Work in a state-of-the-art facility on one of the country's leading Biotech & Life Science Parks.

•             Flexible working hours and conditions to suit the right candidate.


Interested and suitably qualified candidates should forward a Word version of their CV to Mark Stracey at Mark Stracey Recruitment E mail mark.stracey@outlook.com


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