09 Feb, 2021

Process Engineer

  • 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

Develops and modifies process formulations, methods and controls to meet quality standards. Recommends

and implements improvements, modifications or additions which will document work; tests and solves

problems. Review product requirements with product development compatibility of processing methods to

determine costs and schedules.

Working with Pfizer’s dynamic engineering team, you will play a critical role in developing and modifying process formulations, methods and controls to meet desired quality standards. Your production engineering skills will help in recommending and implementing improvements, modifications or additions that will help in solving problems. You will review product requirements in terms of product development compatibility and help Pfizer determine optimum costs and schedules of production.

As an associate, your focus on the job will contribute in achieving project tasks and goals. It is your domain knowledge, commitment, collaboration and dedication that will help us achieve new milestones and patients across the globe.


How You Will Achieve It

  • Serve as Automated Visual Inspection (AVI) equipment Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the

    development, evaluation and validation of critical process parameters in support of new, transferred and

    existing product lines. Has enough process and technical depth to represent the Company in discussions

    around AVI with external customers and / or auditors.

  • Develop and coordinate engineering tests, change requests and protocols as required to meet

    regulatory and cGMP requirements. Work with Automation Engineers in the development of complex

    equipment recipes to optimize product specific parameters and drive improvements as required.

  • Trend and analyze performance of the equipment, uptime and process reliability indicators. Report to

    Management periodically this analysis and provide actions plans to tackle potential process shifts. Provide

    continuous improvement and anticipate issues. Provide feedback to the Line Supervisor providing feedback

    on setup, cleaning, operation and training needs / practices.

  • Support AVI operations in troubleshooting, training, developing procedures and process

    improvements. Activate Troubleshooting or Reliability teams as needed integrating cross-functional teams.

    Seek for necessary support internally, within Pfizer Network or Outside as needed in a timely fashion to

    support the Operations to comply with the expected Mfg plans.

  • Develop long range plans for future AVI processes and systems to accommodate future growth.

  • Contribute to the completion of project milestones, organize own work to meet project task deadlines and communicate progress on scheduled projects.
  • Lead or support major equipment related investigations and implement equipment corrective or preventative action and performance improvements.
  • Organize testing associated with the development of new process technologies and the support of new product introductions and tech transfers.
  • Ensure integrity and compliance of data according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Coordinate all work on scheduled projects (personnel activities, documentation and outside resources).
  • Perform other tasks necessary to support site compliance to Center and regulatory requirements.
  • Support cleaning program by performing swabbing and visual inspection of equipment.
  • Assist in document preparation and training.





  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Engineering or Science discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical solutions for complex problems through equipment and process understanding
  • Working knowledge of Food and Drug Administration Regulations, and Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Proactive, has experience with high performance teams, strong interpersonal and project management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Microsoft Applications skills



  • Demonstrated experience in a relevant manufacturing environment
  • Three (3) years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, in a Process Engineering role.

  • Five (5)years of experience in any industry, in a Project Engineering role is preferre

  • Knowledge and experience with Drug Product processing and equipment



· Lifting up to 25 lbs, sitting, standing, walking, bending

· Wearing gowning and personal protective equipment in specific areas

· Ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis.



Position requires regular onsite attendance, and cannot be performed remotely. Must have the ability to work

efficiently/effectively and manage strict production time and performance deadlines. Limited travel required

but may include international destinations. Regular work shift but may require support off hours, weekends or

extended shifts.

Relocation support available



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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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