Senior Process Engineer (Pharmaceutical)

This is a technical role for a technical person. Quite a unique senior role in an innovative global pharmaceutical company who do both R&D and product manufacturing in Auckland.

You will be working on challenging operational and project work, alongside excellent and collaborative teams.

For your efforts you will be given a competitive salary plus insurances for medical, life, and income protection. Oh and the company run Health & Wellbing initiatives, and offer Learning & Development opportunities too.

Hours: Your work hours will be a bit flexi outside of busy project times but are typically 7.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

What you will do

1 Process Design & Scale-up
Process Engineering of products from lab scale up to manufacturing scale to check product risks, health & safety, and product commercial viability. You will ensure the technical transfer of products into commercial scale manufacturing, and validate the process and equipment to GMP standards and SOP’s. You will be the liaison communicating technical data from the R&D product team to the commercial team and external clients.

2 Manufacturing Process Continuous Improvement
Analyse data, identify risks, and improve processes across 13 separate production lines with a variety of dosage forms/product types (liquids, solids, suspensions etc).

3 Manufacturing Process Investigations, Analysis, and Troubleshooting
You will get hands on to investigate and identify issues, then write Corrective and Preventative Action Reports, address non-conformance issues (NCR’s), and do quality monitoring etc.

Personal Fit
The company want someone with energy, and drive for their job, who demonstrates a collaborative team approach, can communicate effectively, and who is able to influence across different teams and with external clients. We are seeking someone who is confident but not outspoken in their technical ability, who can question, speak up, and take initiative with decision making, troubleshooting, and pursuing projects.

What we are looking for (ideally…)

  • Experience with process design, production scale up and product validation
  • Tertiary qualification in Chemical/Process Engineering
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a chemical process manufacturing environment including technical projects
  • Knowledge of GMP and FDA/EU manufacturing and validation regulations
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience is preferred, but other manufacturing industries will be considered
  • Understanding of statistical process controls
  • Investigative and troubleshooting abilities
  • Lean/Six Sigma and continuous improvement background
  • Computer literate, with strong report and SOP writing skills
  • Excellent communicator across departments
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies procedures
  • Knowledge of latest production technologies, including constraint management and Lean manufacturing
  • Ability to manage resources to meet changing priorities

How to Apply
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