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Graduate Process Engineer

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-062826 Date posted 10/07/2019

As an engineer at AstraZeneca you'll apply your expertise to help us deliver phenomenal medicines, develop your technical and interpersonal skills and gain a breadth of insight into the business.

We are a major international healthcare player engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. We’re proud to have a rare workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, you are empowered to express different perspectives and made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for your ideas and creativity.

Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) utilises great science delivered by phenomenal people to develop medicines that help millions of patients worldwide. We're now looking to recruit a motivated Chemical/process engineering graduate on a permanent basis into our Chemical Development team. Together, we design and deliver the manufacturing processes to produce the active ingredients required to support new medicines – from supplies for use in clinical trials to developing the technology to ensure drugs are successfully scaled up for commercial manufacture.

Based in Macclesfield, Cheshire, with easy access to Manchester and the Peak District and fast trains to London and Birmingham, this is a location with something for everybody.

We’re looking for an engineer who is hardworking, motivated and willing to learn, to join our team of 15 process engineers within Chemical Development. You can expect to deliver laboratory and pilot scale experimentation, theoretical study and model development, pilot plant support, technology development and technical knowledge transfer to commercial manufacture. You will work collaboratively with chemists, analysts, a variety of scientific specialists and project managers to achieve an effective delivery.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • You will be applying your understanding of chemical engineering principles to resolve complex problems.
  • We would like you to Support scientists from a range of backgrounds in the development of active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing processes.
  • You will be developing and executing appropriate modelling and experimental plans to improve robustness of processes.
  • Using your technical knowledge to contribute to improvement projects and the evaluation of state of the art technologies.
  • Delivering a varied portfolio of work to agreed timelines.
  • Crafting chemical processes through theoretical study and laboratory investigations.
  • Collaborating with multi-functional teams, representing your own department and area of expertise.
  • Developing the overall scientific capability of the department.
  • Ensuring that work is in accordance with appropriate Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) guidelines, quality and compliance standards, e.g. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

Required Skills and Experience:

  • A PhD, or 2:1 degree minimum in Chemical Engineering.
  • An understanding of theoretical and experimental approaches based on physicochemical engineering.
  • A broad knowledge of process equipment and technology.
  • A rational approach to problem solving, and an ability to make judgements based on sound reasoning.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills.

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience of batch processing in a pharmaceutical, fine chemicals or related environment (including placement experience)

What can you expect?

  • The role will introduce you to process engineering science and its industrial applications, working within the Process Engineering team and alongside other skillsets
  • Challenging and varied work where you will be involved in laboratory and pilot scale experimentation; theoretical study and model development; pilot plant support, technology development and technical knowledge transfer to commercial manufacture.
  • A comprehensive training programme tailored to your individual needs, supporting development of technical and leadership skills.
  • The potential for opportunities to broaden your experience across R&D and Supply Chain.
  • A competitive salary and benefits and a mentor to support you towards IChemE chartership.

Sound exciting?

To apply please include a CV with your application and we would like you to answer the following questions and add to the Workday portal as a cover letter

  • Please list 3-4 skills or abilities that you feel are strengths for this role (max 300 words)
  • Please describe 1-2 accomplishments that are relevant to this role. This can be technical or related to your soft skills. (max 200 words)
  • Describe why you are interested in the position (max 150 words).

The application deadline is 5th January  2020  Successful candidates will be invited for a short telephone interview in January/February 2020, and an assessment centre will be held onsite in Macclesfield in February/March 2020.



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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