Job Ref: 3482 Recruiter: Tom Doyle
Country: Ireland Location: Newbridge Co.Kildare
Job Category: Process, Pharma Life Science, Salary Range: €Hourly Rate €55+ for right candidate

Job Description

Process Project Engineer  (Site based – Pharmaceutical Manufacturing) Newbridge Co. Kildare

Role:  This is a crucial role within the Engineering department of a large international consulting engineers to ensure the introduction of new equipment and processes and to perform technical development of existing processes.

Working in a highly regulated and cGMP environment within the pharmaceutical industry you  will report directly to the Programme Manager.

The role includes but is not limited to:

Introduction of new projects, troubleshooting issues, equipment upgrades and procurement in the manufacturing/packaging and process validation activities.

This is a site projects-based role.

The successful candidate must have strong leadership and planning qualities, be adaptable to change and be comfortable leading cross functional teams delivering to strict deadlines and budgets. Pharmaceutical process knowledge and equipment procurement and validation experience is required.

Suitable Applicants must  have:  B.Eng in Chemical and Processing Engineering or appropriate science or engineering discipline plus a minimum of 5+ years’ recent relevant experience in a process engineering/projects role in the Pharmaceutical and or BioPharma and or Chemical industry.

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process understanding and experience e.g. dry blending, compression, compaction, coating, granulation (wet and dry), containment, material handling.
  • A proven track record in process development, support and improvement is required.
  • The ability to organise, plan and execute multiple tasks to tight schedules

Additional Skills  Experience with leading cross functional teams is desirable.

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities is required.
  • Proven track record of project based activities in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with process technologies.
  • Experience with process equipment procurement.
  • Good communication skills combined with an imaginative and creative approach to problem solving.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work in cross-functional team environments, as well as independently.


  • Leading and Managing projects for the introduction of new Oral Solid Dose (OSD) products, equipment and processes to meet all safety, quality, regulatory and operational requirements.
  • Process mapping, gap analysis/identification for new and existing pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
  • Process development (as part of technical transfer), troubleshooting and optimisation.
  • Project management and co-ordination including planning, scheduling, task management, milestone planning, communication and reporting.
  • Delivering projects on time and on budget.
  • Managing and executing process and equipment trials and validation.
  • Leading cross functional teams as part of project planning and deployment; including collaboration with supporting departments such as Production/Operations, Quality, Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Facilities and Engineering, Supply Chain and Finance, Project scoping and gap analysis.
  • Equipment specification/design/procurement/installation and validation.

Other Functional Responsibilities

  • Optimisation of existing processes to achieve product output targets.
  • Co-ordinating changes using the Client approved change control procedure to ensure that cGMP is adhered to.
  • Generation, review and approval of project documentation (Scope, User Requirement Specifications etc), trial reports and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Support validation activities for project activities including review of validation documentation and attendance at validation activities (FAT, IQ, OQ etc).
  • Ensure that all new equipment is bought in accordance with appropriate site procedures & regulations.
  • Provide technical support to system end users of new and existing equipment including but not limited to troubleshooting technical issues and assisting with process investigations.
  • Involvement in Continuous Improvement activities.
  • To facilitate and participate in meetings and workshops as part of Project and Continuous Improvement activities.
  • To develop user materials (e.g. SOPs + training aids) and provide training on new equipment/process functionality. Perform technical review of updates to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to the equipment/process.
  • To approve plant SOPs and other documents as required, ensuring the acceptability of content and format.
  • To adhere fully to all safety policies, procedures and regulations.
  • To participate in all training and assessment activities related to the role.
  • To perform all activities in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practice.
  • To record any deviations relating to the role out of projects, that you are responsible for, through the plant Process Deviation System.

This is a contract role paying up to €55+ per hour for the right applicant

For further information or to apply in strictest confidence please Contact:    Tom Doyle at kppm, P: 086 8205038

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