Senior Project Engineer - R3646-5530

at Asahi Kasei America in Glenview, Illinois, United States

Job Description

The Asahi Kasei Group operates with a commitment of creating for tomorrow. Our business sectors, Material, Homes, and Health Care, contribute to the development of society by anticipating the changing needs of those around the world. We look for candidates that offer a fresh perspective and a variety of skills to help us achieve our commitment.

We are currently seeking applications to fill the following job opening at Asahi Kasei Bioprocess where we sell Planova® virus removal filters and develops and manufactures related bioprocess equipment.

Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America, Inc.

Job Description:

We are seeking a S enior Project Engineer to join our talented and growing team! You will be managing the specification, design, manufacture, and qualification of custom and standard capital equipment used for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product manufacturing (example equipment types include chromatography, buffer formulation, virus filtration, oligonucleotide synthesis):
  • fully manage and direct project requirements and specifications for all of project team
  • interface effectively with customer stakeholders
  • make sound component and sub-supplier selections
  • manage project timelines and budgets
  • commission and validate assembled equipment
  • participate in customer site installation, testing, and training

As an Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America employee, you will enjoy:
  • Strong company culture
  • Competitive Compensation with Bonuses
  • Great health benefits with the company paying over 80% of insurance premiums
  • Wellness Program
  • Paid Time Off
  • Strong company match to 401(k) contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Giving Program
  • Paid Parental Leave

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Engineering:
  • Serve as the primary stakeholder and owner of customer equipment projects
  • Provide technical and practical expertise to support Project Manager
  • Review and understand detailed customer specifications and interpret requirements to appropriate stakeholders
  • Create and / or review design documents, including technical drawings and specification documents
  • Specify appropriate components and materials in accordance with project requirements, subject matter expertise for process and design points (calculations and sizing), and consideration of vendor selection, component suitability and availability, price, and lead time
  • Advise Quality Control on specifications for component receipt and acceptance specific to a project
  • Write and execute detailed project-specific test protocols in accordance with GAMP and established templates and practices
  • Execute testing activities including mechanical, electrical, and automation commissioning, GAMP qualification, customer Factory Acceptance Testing and customer Site Acceptance Testing
  • Construct user manuals and other customer-facing documents to comply with project requirements and realize customer satisfaction
  • Perform engineering review of final documentation turnover packages
  • Ensure that project scope is completely accounted for and supervise adequate packaging of all deliverables in preparation for transport
  • Travel to customer site for supervision of installation, testing of installed equipment, and operator training

Project Management:
  • Identify, clarify, and manage project scope internally and with customer, facilitating change orders as necessary
  • Employ effective communication strategies with internal and external project stakeholders, including recurring and ad-hoc meetings as appropriate
  • Develop and manage project schedule and communicate schedule updates and critical paths with stakeholders
  • Communicate project budget for labor and materials and manage actively throughout the project to maximize project margin
  • Employ a customer-focused approach to each project to ensure customer satisfaction, trust, and long-term relationship building

Customer Support
  • Manage assigned subset of customer accounts as the primary technical owner of products installed at customer sites by serving as the first line of support for all technical concerns or issues including customer inquiries, complaints, and upgrade requests using customer-focused approach
  • Address customer issues in person, over the phone, or via web-based tools by effectively communicating solutions to customer and providing effective training to relevant personnel
  • Entertain customers locally or at the customer's facility when appropriate in a project schedule by building relationships and spending social time after normal business hours

Internal Projects:
  • Lead the realization of a new product offering from handover to Engineering from Design and Development through first customer order
  • Contribute to new product designs with innovative ideas, practical design feedback, and product risk/benefit analyses
  • Research technology, components, companies, or solutions that strengthen our current and future product offerings
  • Propose and direct improvements to Engineering internal and interdepartmental processes

Minimum Requirements
  • Ability to work onsite at Glenview, IL facility
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)
  • 10+ years' experience building or operating process equipment (preferably in pharmaceutical industry)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer not required, but considered a plus
  • Familiarity with Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015 preferred) and current Good Manufacturing Practices

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions:
  • Travel 3 to 10 weeks in a year to visit domestic and international customer sites for project kickoffs, equipment installations, or other activities (depending on individual assignments and quantity and scope of active projects)
  • Occasional exposure to pressurized liquids, live electrical circuits, and/or chemical solutions requiring proper personal protective equipment (provided)

Asahi Kasei Bioprocess (AKB) provides pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturers with a comprehensive suite of tools to maximize safe0t0y and improve yields of biotherapeutics during research, clinical and commercial-scale production. Planova ™ virus-removal filters anchor a diverse product portfolio defined by quality, consistency and scalability. Additional areas of expertise include liquid chromatography, inline buffer dilution and oligonucleotide synthesis.

We are a growing team (140+) of professionals excited about what we do and our ability to impact healthcare delivery systems worldwide. We offer a "big company" benefits package and a "small company" culture and work environment. Every employee at Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America can impact our future.


As an equal opportunity employer, Asahi Kasei believes a diverse workforce will provide us with the ability to continuously support the changes in the economy, society, and environment.
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Job Posting: 11692847

Posted On: Feb 27, 2024

Updated On: Feb 28, 2024

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