Columns Project Engineer - R3932-5530

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 currently looking for a Columns Project Engineer to join our team at Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America, Inc. The person in this role will manage the specification, design, procurement, manufacture, and qualification of custom and standard capital equipment used for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product manufacturing (specifically columns and auxiliary equipment designed for facilitating liquid chromatography and 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
  • create and manage design files
  • manage project timelines and budgets
  • participate in customer site installation, testing, and training
  • apply a professional, customer-focused mindset
  • pursue continuous improvement

As an Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America employee, you will enjoy:
  • Competitive compensation with bonuses
  • Great health benefits with the company paying 80% of insurance premiums
  • Engaging Wellness Program
  • Paid time off
  • Paid company holidays
  • Strong company match to 401(k) contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Paid parental leave
  • Volunteering program


Project Engineering
  • Serve as the primary stakeholder and owner of customer equipment projects
  • Create and / or review design documents, including technical drawings and specification documents with input from subject matter experts
  • Create and modify SolidWorks parts and subassemblies and corresponding part and assembly drawings using consistent standardized content, views, and sheet format
  • 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 with support from Engineering, Validation, and/or Field Service

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 with support from Project Management
  • Employ a customer-focused approach to each project to ensure customer satisfaction, trust, and long-term relationship building

  • Ability to work onsite at Glenview facility
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)
  • Proficiency with solid modeling software, SolidWorks preferred
  • 2+ 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
  • Awareness of personal strengths, weaknesses, and impact of decisions on wider team, department, and company
  • Eagerness to learn new technical information, new processes, and new skills
  • Willingness to assist outside of everyday responsibilities when required
  • Demonstration of these qualities: energetic, positive, strong interpersonal communicator, detail-oriented, ethics-minded, problem-solver, adaptable, team-oriented, customer-focused, and self-motivated

Physical Demands/Environmental Conditions:
  • Travel 3 to 6 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 safety 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 (160+) 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: 11962755

Posted On: Jun 08, 2024

Updated On: Jul 08, 2024

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