10 Nov, 2023

Process Engineer

  • Pfizer
  • Puurs, Belgium
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

In our production departments, raw materials are transformed into filled medicines. The product goes through various production steps (weighing, formulation, preparation, filling, freeze-drying, capping, inspection, storage and transport).


At all steps, production strives for the highest degree of operational excellence. Further on in the production process, the medicine will be labeled and packaged and then reach our patient via the distribution chain.  


The position of Process Engineer is located within the Vaccines Plant.

This is a fully integrated pharmaceutical production department where vaccines are formulated, filled and inspected. The Vaccines Plant is a growing department with a high degree of automation. In our department we have 2 washing-sterilization-preparations centers, 8 formulation suites, 3 filling lines, inspection lines, a packaging line and a stopper processors.  



“As a Process Engineer you are the first point of contact for all technical aspects within the formulation & preparation process.” 



As a starting Process Engineer Vaccines you will join a young and driven team where team spirit and mutual support are central. The team succeeds time and time again in pushing the boundaries of what is possible.


We strongly believe in team work and making a difference! That is why the tasks below are typical for the Process Engineer, but the final result of the team is above all else.   

As a process engineer you are the first point of contact for operations in the field of technical breakdowns and safety-quality-efficiency losses.  You are also regarded as a technical expert, process monitor and problem solver for the mRNA vaccine formulation and preparation process.  




Task package:

  • Day-to-day support of the Covid formulation process 
  • Assisting and coordinating activities during technical breakdowns  
  • Identifying, analyzing and eliminating bottlenecks and efficiency losses  
  • Process monitoring and preventive prevention of errors and breakdowns  
  • Perform data analysis on the formulation process 
  • Perform and document root cause investigations in case of deviations 
  • Providing training to formulators & preparators
  • Carrying out minor process optimizations and associated documentation




Job profile:



  • Master's degree: industrial engineer, civil engineer, bioengineer, (industrial) pharmacist. Or equivalent through experience. 
  • Willing to work exclusively in weekly shifts (3 shifts) (Early-late-night)
  • Team player  
  • Interested and strong with technology 
  • Perfect command of Dutch and English 
  • Strong interpersonal skills  
  • Strong communication skills  
  • Organized, accurate and able to work independently 
  • Problemsolver 


Nice to have 

  • Experience in a similar position and environment 
  • Experience in a GMP environment 
  • Experience in production environment 


If you do not fully meet all the requirements, but still feel strongly that you are the perfect candidate for this position, we certainly encourage you to apply!



  • A culture of entrepreneurship and innovation  
  • Largest production and packaging site in Europe within the Pfizer network 
  • High investment rhythm in a growing department 
  • High-tech environment  
  • A young/dynamically growing team
  • Challenge and growth opportunities 

Work Location Assignment: On Premise



The Pfizer site in Puurs is one of Pfizer's largest production and packaging sites worldwide, specialized in aseptic production and packaging. More than 400 million doses of injectable vaccines and medicines are produced in Puurs every year. These are packaged on site in ampoules, vials, plastic bottles, syringes and pen cartridges. 


The medicines made in Puurs are intended for patients in more than 170 countries worldwide. 30% of the production from Puurs is intended for developing countries, in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, GAVI and NGOs. 

By using two wind turbines, solar panels and a cogeneration plant, we focus on renewable energy. 

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