10 Nov, 2023

Sr. Process Engineer - Capital Engineering

  • Pfizer
  • McPherson, KS, USA
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Why Patients Need You

Whether you are involved in the design and development of manufacturing processes for products or supporting maintenance and reliability, engineering is vital to making sure customers and patients have the medicines they need, when they need them. Working with our innovative engineering team, you'll help bring medicines to the world even faster by imagining what’s possible and taking action.


What You Will Achieve

The Capital Engineering Process Engineer is a key technical role responsible for providing engineering and process equipment expertise for the execution of Capital projects at the McPherson site. The role requires a high level of technical expertise in pharmaceutical processing systems, formulation equipment, high purity piping distribution systems, aseptic filling operations, terminal sterilization processes, inspection / packaging equipment, and clean room facilities design requirements. The incumbent will provide focused process ownership and the technical expertise to ensure high quality and efficient sterile injectable products. As technical lead, the Capital Engineering Process Engineer partners with supervision and production colleagues to identify and implement innovative solutions.


This role focuses on developing new processes on site, resolving engineering issues, and providing technical support and troubleshooting during all phases of the Capital project. The Capital Engineering Process Engineer supports the Capital Portfolio Manager in the execution of assigned projects, which may include the coordination of internal company resources and vendors as part of the execution of projects.


How You Will Achieve It

  • Act as assigned technical lead for new manufacturing equipment and processes as part of the Capital Project.
  • Ensure all company and site engineering policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Provide technical guidance for Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) validation, including validation protocols, risk assessments, URS/FDS/FAT/SAT/IQ/OQ/PQ documents and reports.
  • Provide technical training on process and equipment as required by Operations.
  • Develop and maintain productive links with process equipment & technology suppliers and vendors.
  • Lead / represent Engineering on project teams where responsibilities would include Subject Matter Expert (SME) technical oversight and the management and resolution of technical issues or changes arising throughout the Capital project lifecycle whilst ensuring overall project objectives of scope, cost and schedule are adhered to.
  • Work to implement a culture of Right-First Time through partnerships with Operations, New Product Introduction teams and Technical Services.
  • Anticipate potential process-related problems, risks, and technical conflicts and develop necessary contingency plans that optimize business continuity.
  • Ensure work activities are conducted in strict accordance with safety guidelines and processing standards cGMPs and Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).




  • Bachelor's Degree with 3+ years of relevant experience in engineering, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing or a combination of the three OR Master's Degree with 1+ years of relevant experience in engineering, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing or a combination of the three OR Associate Degree with 6+ years of relevant experience in engineering, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing or a combination of the three OR High School Diploma or Equivalent with 8+ years of relevant experience in engineering, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing or a combination of the three
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical solutions for complex problems through equipment and process understanding
  • Excellent verbal / written communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently
  • Microsoft Applications skills



  • Working knowledge of Food and Drug Administration Regulations, and Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Understanding of Pharma / Bio-pharma process equipment and change management
  • Demonstrated experience in a relevant manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of the Pfizer Capital Project Management Processes preferred


Physical/Mental Requirements 
The position requires a very high level of resourcefulness, an ability to get things done by removing obstacles, perceiving and resolving problems, making difficult decisions with less than complete information provided, and accomplishing project and operational goals through innovative management. Role requires ability to safely navigate construction sites, and project areas.


Non-Standard Work Schedule, Travel or Environment Requirements

  • Travel required for vendor selection, FAT support, & global network meetings; estimate less than 10%.
  • Off-shift work minimal; project related.
  • 2 annual shutdowns require significant site commitments


Other Job Details:

  • Last day to apply: 22 November 2023
  • Work Location Assignment: On Premise at the McPherson KS site



The annual base salary for this position ranges from $75,700.00 to $126,300.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer’s Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 10.0% of the base salary. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life’s moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site – U.S. Benefits | (uscandidates.mypfizerbenefits.com). Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.





Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.



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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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