Facilities Engineer I - Clean Utilities API

Facility:  Engineering

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                             

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Working at our Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (DAPI) manufacturing facility, you will help meet the growing demand for our treatments. Novo Nordisk expects to double production of diabetes and obesity products over the next decade; we have recently completed construction of a 825,000 sq. ft diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) plant in Clayton, NC. Our new API facility houses the fermentation, recovery and purification of GLP1 ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products. Here, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry. Are you ready for a life-changing career?

Position Purpose

The purpose of this position is to contribute to the establishment of all clean utilities systems for the DAPI-US facility. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: writing/reviewing specification; design reviews & design qualifications; equipment installation; acceptance testing & qualification; Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development; maintenance development & training; management of cost, quality & schedule within area of responsibility; establishing & maintaining positive working relationship with internal & external engineering team & stakeholders. All activities are aligned with Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) program requirement.



  • Create & maintain system specifications for clean utilities
  • Support all design, installation, acceptance testing, qualification, training activities, etc. for clean utilities
  • Provide additional technical support to project team as required
  • Adhere to all quality & environmental regulations within area of responsibility
  • Support technical development of Facilities Technicians in preparation for Transfer of Care, Custody & Control (TCCC)
  • Continuous process improvement using cLEAN® concepts
  • Maintain & establish standards for procedures & maintenance plans
  • All safety & environmental requirements in the performance of duties


Required Qualifications

BA/BS in mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering or equivalent combination of education & experience.


Desired Qualifications

  • 2-5+ years engineering experience in a manufacturing facility or pharmaceutical/biotech project
  • Knowledge & experience in the operations, maintenance, & design of cGMP utilities as well as working in a regulated environment (FDA, cGMP, OSHA)
  • Knowledgeable in clean utilities system to include: Purified Water, Clean Steam, Process Air, Nitrogen, HVAC, etc.
  • Knowledgeable in black utilities system to include: chilled water, plant steam, compressed air, vacuum, waste water, etc.
  • Ability to read/review design drawings with a basic understanding of P&ID, HVAC, electrical systems, etc.
  • Understanding of technical documents such as URS, SAT, FAT, Validation Protocols
  • Understanding of complicated product documentation & standard operating procedures with attention to high-level concepts
  • Computer literacy with associated systems
  • Proven expertise in planning/organization/execution of project & maintenance activities, following up on results, & revising the work plan for complex problems being resolved by cross functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Ability to work in & around an active construction site
  • Requires ability to move throughout the facility in the performance of duties in proximity of process equipment & areas
  • Ability to work hours necessary & according to customer needs
  • Domestic & International travel as required
  • Novo Nordisk is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by December 8, 2021. As required by applicable law, we will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated.

    If you will be submitting a religious or medical exemption, your request must be received by October 20, 2021. All requests for exemptions will be evaluated on an individual basis and will require documentation regarding the specific request.

  • For Medical Exemption requests, please contact Premise Health at 919-550-2200 ext. 2248 or via email at USCLNurse@PremiseHealth.com.
  • For Religious Exemption requests, please contact AskHR by calling 855-411-5290.
  • A member of People and Organization will be in touch with you after the review of your exemption request after the deadline mentioned above.

    If you have already been fully vaccinated, Premise Health will ask for your vaccine record during your pre-employment physical. If you have yet to be vaccinated, you will receive information on how to submit your record prior to the December 8th deadline on your first day of New Hire Orientation.


No relocation is available for this role


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At this time, Novo Nordisk is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future would require sponsorship for employment visa status.


Millions rely on us 
At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. 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.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.