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Senior Process Engineer - Operations

Location Coppell, Texas, United States Job ID R-056633 Date posted 07/23/2019

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe.

Job Description

The Senior Process Engineer is responsible for providing technical support for operations, act as subject matter expert for multiple processing operations, initiates and manages capital and non-capital improvement projects, and provides technical leadership within the process engineering team. Will be required to support investigations and correction of process related problems and deviations from standards.   May be asked to mentor junior engineers. You will bring relevant experience in large scale chemical manufacturing to execute and deliver new projects and interacting and collaborating with other disciplines as well as external contractors.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work effectively with others from diverse backgrounds and demonstrate capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements.  Display strong moral principles and work ethics while demonstrating initiative.  Maintain a professional presence and display responsible behaviors.
  • Develops conceptual strategies, processing schemes, feasibility studies, PFD’s, and detailed scopes of work.
  • Develops detailed process design, including P&ID mark-ups, equipment process data sheets, process piping design, and ancillary equipment.
  • Identify and execute projects to increase safety, reduce product cost, improve product quality, improve yield, and reduce material usage.
  • Work and lead several different projects and be able to prioritize these projects.
  • Works with contractors and project teams on buildout and expansion of facility while demonstrating confidence in voicing concerns and driving the project team to deliver a usable product for the end internal customer.
  • Assists in developing control strategy and instrument process design, including emergency and shutdown procedures, instrument specification sheets, control ranges, alarm points, and automation strategy.
  • Authors, updates, reviews, and approves area procedures and master batch records to ensure correct content and compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Designs studies, executes experiments and perform data analysis.
  • Writes study proposals, progress reports, development reports, and various technical memo’s.
  • Evaluates new technologies to improve the commercial production process.
  • Supports scale up activities from R&D to production.
  • Provides miscellaneous overhead support of facility.
  • Supports the assurance of a robust manufacturing process for the current registered process as experience is gained post launch.
  • Sets up robust process for trouble shooting.
  • Acts as an effective change agent.
  • Acts as a key player for the expansion of projects to increase scale of manufacture.
  • Trains and mentors new process engineers and interns to develop them into capable engineers.
  • Investigate deviations from standards of manufacturing process using effective root cause analysis tools.  Recommending and implementing effective corrective and preventative actions.
  • Generating, evaluating, and implementing innovative and creative solutions.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for technical projects.
  • Capable of generating a project scope and cost plan to effectively draft a capital request.
  • Develops product and process knowledge in multiple process train areas.
  • Contributes to equipment URS development and retrofit.  Participates in equipment FAT’s, SAT’s, etc.
  • Participate in Quality Risk Assessments and process hazards analysis activities.

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Bachelor of Science degree required,  Chemical Engineering degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of direct chemical processing experience preferably in a pharmaceutical production environment or other regulated environment
  • Experience in reading/writing P&ID’s, Process Flow Diagrams, and mass and energy balances
  • Experience in batch type operations
  • Experience with large scale, high volume operations
  • Experience with automation controls
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are essential.
  • Proven direct project management leadership

Desirable

  • Capital project experience (CAPEX)
  • High temperature and high-pressure applications
  • Experience with pressure filter dryer technology
  • Root cause investigation training
  • Lean certification
  • Experience in the following areas:  Process Chemistry scale up; validation activities for commercial production; reactors and drying processes; and, setting up new equipment trains – (URS, FS, PID, IQ, OQ, PQ)
  • Experience with Statistical Process Control, Process Capability Analysis, and Risk Assessment/Management/.
  • Working knowledge of SAP

Key Relationships to reach solutions

Internal

  • Facilities
  • Quality
  • Global Engineering
  • Operations

External

  • Equipment Vendors
  • External Contractors

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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