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26 Apr 2017

Full-Time Senior Pharmaceutical Process Engineer

Jacobs – Posted by admin Cork, County Cork, Ireland


Job Description

Senior Pharmaceutical Process Engineer

Position Summary

Under general supervision develops basic engineering designs and specifications on assigned contract; provides process data to environmental groups, reviews and approves equipment RFQ’s, bid tabulations and vendor data; assists in process field work.

Acts as area engineer and/or may be assigned equipment or technical study responsibilities under general supervision.

Proposal Activities:

  • Assists in proposal activities to ensure that Process Engineering scope is correctly addressed.
  • Assists in developing process design data for the proposal.
  • Assists in identifying previous related jobs and/or designs.


  • Follows and maintains established schedule for the assigned area.
  • Contributes to “needs/alert lists” to keep PM advised of items which could adversely affect the schedule.
  • Maintains work output to match schedule requirements.
  • Is able to adjust short term priorities to meet overall schedule requirements.

Process Design Basis

  • Applies process design criteria, guidelines and contract requirements to process design work.
  • May be responsible for interacting with licensors, including establishing design basis and licensor evaluation.
  • Applies process design criteria and guidelines to all phases of process engineering.

Flow Diagrams

  • Prepares flow diagrams and participates in flow diagram reviews.
  • Understands the importance of the flow diagram as a communication tool to other disciplines.
  • Is able to prepare and review flow diagrams with total information to correspond to the flow sequence, operability and the safety of the unit/system.
  • Answers questions, with confidence, from other disciplines and clients as to the requirement/function of each item on the flow sheet.
  • Back checks, updates, and ensures consistency with related design documents such as specification sheets and with other units.
  • Prepares and reviews metallurgy flow diagrams.

Equipment Datasheets

  • Prepares process and utility equipment specification sheets. May be responsible for design of a system or a complete unit.
  • Understands importance of the equipment specification sheet as a communication tool with other disciplines.
  • Prepares equipment duty specifications for all equipment including complex equipment such as reactors.
  • Prepares detail design specification for all equipment.
  • Reviews input from other disciplines for compatibility with process design for all equipment.

Control Philosophy

  • Prepares instrumentation process data. Assists in establishing control philosophy for relatively complex control systems to meet process objectives, including safety.
  • Prepares control valves process data, relief valve data, analyzer data.
  • Interprets control philosophy of relatively complex control systems.
  • Reviews control systems specification sheets for consistency with process data
  • Reviews logic diagrams for relatively simple loops.
  • Evaluates alternative control strategies to meet process objectives.


  • Performs specifications/calculations and technical studies.
  • Completes conceptual developments of a major system and performs all necessary calculations for process design of systems and equipment within the assigned area.
  • Performs relatively complex technical studies under general supervision.
  • Ensures that calculations are legible, well organized, correctly references as to equipment/system, dated and signed.

Equip Selection/Review

  • Reviews and approves equipment bid tabulations and vendor data.
  • Expeditiously reviews equipment requests for quotes, purchase requests, bid tabulations and vendor data for conformance to specifications, process compatibility, safety and operability.
  • Ensures consistency of vendor data with other design documents such as flow diagrams, area classifications drawings, utility summaries, etc


  • Develops environmental requirements and provides process data to environmental groups.
  • Works with other groups as necessary to define the environmental requirements for a project.
  • Provides timely and correct process data (emission quantities, compositions, conditions) to environmental groups as requested.
  • Ensures that the process design is in accordance with the environmental requirements.

Plant Safety/Operability

  • Responsible for performing various process engineering work functions in a manner that will provide a safe and operable plant
  • Understands obligations and authority to make appropriate design decisions necessary for plant safety and operability.
  • Identifies potentially lethal/toxic substances and designs the systems handling those substances in accordance with established Jacobs/Client procedures.
  • Reviews the unit/plant layout for unsafe piping/equipment arrangement and for adequate access to critical valves.
  • Assists in specification of any required safety systems (eye-washers, safety-showers, gas detectors, etc).

Operating Manual

  • Assists in the production of plant operating manuals. May assume overall responsibility for manuals relatively less complex units.
  • Understands and applies guidelines developed by others regarding the required contents of the operating manuals.
  • Writes assigned sections of the manuals for complex units or writes complete manuals for less complex units. The manuals should be technically correct, complete and clearly written.

Field Work

  • Assists in process field work.
  • Shows a willingness to accept field assignments to fulfill project requirements (personal circumstances permitting).
  • Performs, under general supervision, a plant checkout as required to ensure flow diagrams and designs have been correctly implemented and all tie-in correctly located.
  • Assists, under general supervision, in operator training programs as required.
  • Assists, under general supervision, in plant start-up and /or plant performance testing as required.
  • Assists, under general supervision, in writing of the Process Final Job Report.
  • Becomes knowledgeable of, and adapts to the construction/operation environment.

Standards and Procedures

  • Assists in developing and upgrading process engineering standards and procedures.
  • Provides assistance in developing and upgrading process engineering standards and procedures in a thorough and timely manner and in conformance with departmental objectives and budgets.
  • Understands and implements the basic process engineering, project and Division standards and procedures in work assignments.


  • Implements training and development of engineers under supervision.
  • Attends training programs as requested and understands the principles given.
  • Develops subordinates through inclusion in technical meetings within the task force and with the client and vendors.
  • Properly delegates work and devotes ample time to answer questions and discussions of work assignments.
  • Maintains and increases associates’ technical knowledge by circulating technical data.
  • As assigned, conducts training on advanced technical aspects of process engineering and administrative procedures.
  • Participates in formal and “on the job” training of personnel from other departments.

Other Duties

  • Responsible for performing other work assignments as required by the supervisor.
  • Understands and meets the requirements of the assignment.


  • The basic requirement is a chemical engineering degree.
  • The successful candidate will have design experience of Biotechnology, Small Molecule API Synthesis , Fill Finish, Oral Dosage Facility Design and Operation mainly gained within an engineering design office
  • Active membership in a professional body, such as the IChemE, ISPE, PDA, EI, etc. is expected as a demonstration of self-development and professional qualification
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to strict deadlines
  • Organized and adaptable with a flexible approach to Design experience

How to Apply

Job Categories: Engineering. Job Types: Full-Time.

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