Principal Control Engineer


Job Description

Leads and manages multi-faceted pharmaceutical manufacturing engineering projects from conceptualization to installation and qualification phases; strong focus on cost savings project management, capital project creation, development and implementation of best practices, and continuous process improvement. Manages all phases of technical projects; overseeing the project's conception, creates user and design specifications, purchases equipment, controls and tracks spending and project progress, manages contractors and vendors, ensures accurate qualification documentation, and trains operators and mechanics. Conducts engineering studies and investigations, and prepares reports and progress updates for company leadership. Provides engineering guidance to other departments, mentors new engineers, and keeps abreast of industry trends and issues.

Safety/Housekeeping: Follow all Novartis and government safety regulations, and promote positive safety behaviors. Facilitate safety training for contractors and monitor contractor and vendor safety practices. Review new equipment installations for adherence to Novartis and OSHA safety standards. Planning: Coordinate equipment availability, new equipment installation, and facility construction with production to ensure engineering activities have minimized impact to production. Technical: Equipment/process control system troubleshooting and documentation of corrections and change control activities. Act as engineering and process technical lead for key plant projects. Manage multiple large capital projects concurrently. Large capital projects may be in excess of $5M. Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends and recommending actions. Complete financial justification and ROI calculations and work with production to complete capacity analysis and cost justification scenarios. Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends. Design and implement modifications to the existing manufacturing equipment that will improve the operational efficiencies. Execute process improvement plans using a variety of Quality and Continuous Process Improvement tools. Compose Functional Requirement Specifications, FRSs, for new or upgraded utilities systems, compounding processes, and filling and packaging equipment. Generate and execute Installation and Operational Qualifications, IOQs, and Performance Qualifications, PQs. Generate and revise standard operating procedures. Analyze customer complaints and field failures. Implement corrective and preventative actions to improve manufacturing's operational efficiencies. Team: Cooperate and support coworkers to enhance overall capability of the organization. Transfer knowledge through peer-to-peer and maintenance training. Drive for personal and professional growth for self and team. Interfaces: Coordinate/support other departments to ensure smooth execution of work. Provide technical advice to other manufacturing departments and other engineers. Transfer lower level maintenance and equipment knowledge to production operators.

EEO Statement

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Minimum requirements

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, Computer Engineering); plus 5 years of directly related experience. The ability to fluently read, write, understand and communicate in English.


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