Associate Maintenance Engineer - IFP (Finished Production)

Facility:  Engineering & Technical

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

You will be joining Fill & Finish Expansions (FFEx), which is responsible for all major expansion activities within aseptic production, solid dosage forms, finished products, fill & finish warehousing, and QC across all production areas in Product Supply.  The area is anchored in Product Supply, Quality & IT, which globally employ approx. 20,000 of Novo Nordisk’s 50,000 employees.

FFEx is a newly established and growing area with the responsibility to design, plan, and build all new aseptic filling capacity across Novo Nordisk to serve the needs of millions of patients. We do it by rethinking our production facilities with the use of modern technology, as we are setting the standards for the aseptic production of the future. Facilities designed today which we will still be proud of 20 years from now. FF Expansions has a global approach, where you will be working with multiple sites and cultures across the world.


What we offer you:

  • Leading pay and annual performance bonus for all positions
  • All employees enjoy generous paid time off including 14 paid holidays
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance – effective day one
  • Guaranteed 8% 401K contribution plus individual company match option
  • Family Focused Benefits including 12 weeks paid parental & 6 weeks paid family medical leave
  • Free access to Novo Nordisk-marketed pharmaceutical products
  • Tuition Assistance 
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Employee Referral Awards


At Novo Nordisk, you will find opportunities, resources, and mentorship to help grow and build your career.  Are you ready to realize your potential?  Join Team Novo Nordisk and help us make what matters.


The Position

Support the implementation and execution of maintenance activities for production equipment and systems. Work with the maintenance team to improve equipment/systems reliability and performance, ensure maintenance compliance, and provide technical expertise to maximize plant productivity while maintaining equipment performance and longevity.



Senior Manager.


Essential Functions

  • Coordinate maintenance performance improvement projects & initiatives
  • Provide input for maintenance plans, specifications & SOPs
  • Support manufacturing & production support teams to ensure maintenance compliance, to include providing technical support to the site & stakeholders to meet business goals
  • Participate in equipment/system design reviews & support equipment installation, commissioning & qualifications
  • Assist in maintaining quality & schedule within area of responsibility
  • Establish & maintain positive working relationship with internal & external engineering & operations stakeholders
  • Lead & provide technical support for investigation, troubleshooting & problem resolution of equipment & system operational issues
  • Support development, implementation & improvement of equipment & systems maintenance plans during operation
  • Support continuous improvement initiatives through verification of process equipment & satisfying design requirements/expectations
  • Participate in knowledge sharing with local & DK facilities
  • Develop knowledge of risk assessment documents, such as requirements risk assessments (RRA's)
  • Support the review & updating of engineering & specification documentation (process flow diagrams, P&IDs, user req specifications, etc.)
  • Contribute to maintenance team adherence to PSM requirements & best practices
  • Participate in the review & updating of process & system risk assessments
  • Follow all safety and environmental requirements in the performance of duties
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Physical Requirements

Moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility using various body positions. Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands. Ability to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift. May require corrected vision to 20/20 or 20/25 based on role. May require color vision based on role. Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder. May be required to work at elevated heights. Occasionally works around odorous &/or hazardous materials. May be required to wear gloves. Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments. Occasionally positions oneself within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment. Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection. Occasionally works in outdoor weather conditions. Able to pass a driving exam for powered industrial trucks. Does not require a valid drivers license.



  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Maintenance, mechanical, chemical, electrical, bio-process engineering) or related field of study from an accredited university required, or a combination of education & experience
    • May consider an Associate’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum of three (3) years of experience working directly in utilities or process equipment maintenance, or other directly related field required
    • May consider a High School Diploma or equivalent with a minimum of 5 (five) years of experience working directly in utilities or process equipment maintenance, or other directly related field required
    • May consider a minimum of 3 (three) years of military-related experience in maintenance, mechanical or related skillset required
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience working directly in utilities or process equipment maintenance, or other directly related field required
  • Demonstrated experience in plant operations & maintenance with proven knowledge in RCA, troubleshooting, problem resolution & continuous improvement preferred
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment with cGMPs requirements or other regulated industry or manufacturing environment a plus
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or cLEAN® 2-star a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in maintenance processes & mechanical systems preferred
  • Practical knowledge in the following areas:  mechanical systems operations, root cause analysis (RCA), reliability centered maintenance (RCM), process hazard assessment (PHA), process safety management (PSM) & process improvement methodologies (Six Sigma, Lean Sigma) a plus
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of utility systems components maintenance & operation including cooling & chilled water, plant steam (HP & LP), compressed air, clean steam & purified water preferred
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of specific equipment maintenance & operation including but not limited to pumps (centrifugal, PD, diaphragm, mag drive, other), heat exchangers, control valves, mixers, agitators & filtration preferred
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of systems components maintenance & operation to include centrifugation, spray drying & chromatography a plus
  • Experience with using records control systems (SAP, CMMS or similar system) a plus
  • Ability to read & understand equipment schematics, P&IDs, PFDs, wiring diagrams, CAD drawings & other specialized documentation required
  • Knowledge & understanding of technical documents such as URS, SAT, FAT, qualification & validation protocols a plus
  • Experience using controls & control interfaces for PLC, PCS, BMS & DCS systems a plus
  • Ability to independently apply engineering techniques & analysis within the discipline preferred
  • Strong project management skills a plus
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills preferred
  • Proven expertise in developing/planning/coordinating maintenance activities & following up on results preferred
  • Experienced in creating &/or revising work plans for complex problems being resolved by cross functional teams a plus


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


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