21 May, 2024

Senior Process Engineer DSP

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Leiden, Netherlands
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Janssen Biologics B.V., a member of the Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is recruiting for a Senior Process Engineer Downstream Processing!


At Johnson & Johnson, we believe health is everything. Our strength in healthcare innovation empowers us to build a world where complex diseases are prevented, treated, and cured, where treatments are smarter and less invasive, and solutions are personal. Through our expertise in Innovative Medicine and MedTech, we are uniquely positioned to innovate across the full spectrum of healthcare solutions today to deliver the breakthroughs of tomorrow, and profoundly impact health for humanity. Learn more at  https://www.jnj.com/.

At the Johnson & Johnson site in Leiden (located at the Bioscience Park), we work with more than 2400 talented and multi-skilled people in 5 different business units. We produce different products and pioneer solutions to deliver better health. This vacancy is for Business Unit 2:  The Gene Therapy Facility (GTF).

The GTF is JNJ’s state-of-the-art GMP manufacturing facility from which we launch and grow new and innovative Gene Therapy products to cure chronic diseases. The facility has two manufacturing suites. In suite 1 we produce Drug Substance (cell & virus cultivation and purification processes). In suite 2 we produce Drug Product (Fill & Finish). Both production suites in the GTF are in the preparing for Phase 3 and commercial production to accommodate the transfer of new products to the GTF per 2024.

Are you excited to set up a plant with new equipment and scale up the processes within a global company? Do you get energy from working together and contribute to improve the life of patients?
Then this is your job!

Job Summary

Location: Leiden, Nederland
Business Unit: Gene Therapeutic Facility
Department: Process, Technology and Projects (PTP)
Function: (Senior) Process Engineer (Downstream Processing)
Contract: Full Time (0.8-1.0 FTE)
Start date: Q2 2024

You will become part of the Process, Technology and Projects (PTP) team and strengthen our department with knowledge and expertise of the Downstream process. You will be the process owner and subject matter expert on Downstream Processing steps . As such have different roles and responsibilities; technology transfers / new product introductions, base business supporter and project member or -lead.

The PTP team consists of 12 professionals with in-depth knowledge of specific subjects such as Upstream processing, Downstream processing, Drug Product, Project management, process excellence and safety. Together, we make sure to have safe, lean, robust, manufacturable, and compliant processes.

Close collaboration within and outside GTF is vital to ensure that the overall GTF goals can be achieved.

The other two departments in the GTF are:

  • The Operations Department is responsible for timely, compliant, safe and first-time right manufacturing and delivery of the planned batches.
  • The system owners in the Center of Expertise (CoE) ensure that our production equipment and single use flow paths in the GTF are operational, safe, compliant, robust and ready for the future.

The departments you work closely with outside GTF are:

  • The Gene Therapy development department of J&J is based in the US (Malvern) and responsible for the tech transfer to our site.
  • MSAT are the product owners as soon as the product will be commercially manufactured.
  • MAKE Asset Management (MAM) is responsible for equipment delivery and CAPEX for the tech transfer projects.


Responsibilities and the impact YOU will have:

The process engineers in the team are process owners and subject matter experts and have two major roles:

For technology transfer / NPI, you:

  • ensure that the implemented process is well defined and aligned with the operational procedures. For new processes it means that the (small scale) developed process needs to be evaluated and the changes required within the GTF for the robust and compliant implementation of a manufacturable process are defined precisely.
  • ensure that the (development) knowledge is accurately transferred into the process and operational documentation.
  • will be the interface and do stakeholder management with MAM, clinical, regulatory and quality departments, the Value Chain team and GTF management team.


As a base business supporter and project member or – lead, you:

  • Support production of cGMP batches for existing processes in the GTF in the area of downstream processing.
  • Initiate and handle compliance records (change control, CAPA, deviations), including investigation of major deviations for potential product impact, root cause investigations of complex deviations, evaluation of changes prior to implementation and data gathered post implementation to prove that the change had the desired effect.
  • Have the overview and knowledge of the status of the process, including ensuring stability of critical parameters, ongoing investigations, registered process and analysis of ongoing process data.


If you meet the following Job requirements, we would like to hear from YOU:


  • Bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, biomedicine, process technology (or equivalent education or experience). Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven experience in a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical industry environment, in a cGMP environment and with EHSS standards
  • (In depth,) up-to-date knowledge of bio processing principles typically used in Downstream processing using disposable technologies.
  • Excellent communication in English, verbally and in writing.
  • You are proven resilient. You can deal with challenges, changes and unexpected setbacks in a positive and meaningful way.


Preferred knowledge and experience:

  • Project management skills
  • Certified (Lean) Green Belt
  • Good understanding of regulatory requirements and industry guidelines specific for the drug product industry (e.g. GMP, Annex 1, etc.).
  • Good communication in Dutch, verbally and in writing.  

Preferred key competencies:

  • Collaboration: Is assertive or adaptable at the right times and to the right degree. Actively looks for feedback and provides team members with meaningful feedback and coaching. Celebrates successes and embraces failures together. Actively connects with peers/colleagues/stakeholders/external partners and makes use of these connections within the organization. Stimulates open communication and can adapt communication style to the situation.
  • Analytical thinking: Successful in identifying, determining, and solving problems. Identifies areas for improvement having high impact and proposes a solution.
  • Resilient: Can adapt and remain calm and positive in a dynamic and agile environment and can effectively manage changes. 


This is what awaits YOU at J&J: 

  • An opportunity to be part of a global market leader, with a strong global network of talent and expertise, with opportunities to learn or move to different cultures and work environments.
  • A dynamic and inspiring working environment with career opportunities and continuous personal and professional development in areas of technology and leadership.
  • Personal Development Plan – such as access to further education & training, Insights Discovery training, mentoring and coaching, development opportunities on-the-job or through exciting projects.
  • Many employees benefits like:  
    • Flexible working arrangements with J&J Flex, enabling you to work from home;
    • provides a middle wage  pension plan . It is company sponsored with an employee contribution of 4%. 
    • 36 days holidays (based on full-time employment);
    • a monthly allowance of 20 EUR for a subscription to a sport center and a bike plan.
    • Global Parenteral Leave policy offering 12 weeks of leave (birth/parenteral, adoption/foster care and parenteral) at 100% pay to parents. 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 

For more than 130 years, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) have been part of our cultural fabric at Johnson & Johnson and woven into how we do business every day. Our commitment to respect the dignity and diversity of all is embedded in our Credo .
We know that the success of our business depends on having the best talent in a workforce that reflects the diverse markets we serve around the world and an inclusive culture that values different perspectives and life experiences. That is why we in the Netherlands are working to create an inclusive environment where diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are valued and each and every one of our people feels that they belong and can reach their potential. No matter who they are. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson means “You Belong”! 

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