Finished Production Maintenance Engineer III - IFP

Facility:  Engineering & Technical

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For more than 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.


In NC, we operate three pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that are responsible for fulfilling different steps in our injectable and oral treatment supply chains.  Our legacy Injectable Finished Products (IFP) facility in Clayton, NC is a 457,000 square foot aseptic "fill and finish" site that is responsible for producing innovative, injectable diabetes and obesity treatments. At IFP, you’ll join a global network of manufacturing professionals who are passionate about what they do.


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

Lead and strategize the implementation and execution of maintenance programs 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. Must demonstrate ability to analyze data, troubleshoot technical issues, and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies to ensure the success of maintenance activities and the organization. Develop and implement maintenance strategies that align with business goals and objectives. Mentor and train junior members to ensure that maintenance programs are executed effectively and efficiently.



Senior Manager.


Essential Functions

  • Serve as the SME to provide technical support input to the site & stakeholders to meet business goals, to include responsibility for content and review of maintenance plans, specifications and SOPs
  • Participate in the development and evolution of new or next-generation equipment, ensuring its alignment with the maintenance and reliability strategies, to include  equipment/system design reviews & support equipment installation, commissioning & qualifications
  • Assist in maintaining quality & schedule within area of responsibility
  • Own & maintain positive working relationship with internal & external engineering & operations stakeholders
  • Coach & mentor members of the maintenance team
  • 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
  • Innovate and champion continuous improvement: verify process equipment & satisfy design requirements/expectations
  • Share knowledge  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.)
  • Drive maintenance team adherence to PSM requirements & best practices
  • Participate in the review & updating of process & system risk assessments
  • Follow all safety & 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 in engineering (Maintenance, mechanical, chemical, electrical, bio-process engineering) or related field of study from an accredited university required
  • May consider an Associate’s degree in engineering technology from an accredited university with a minimum of nine (9) years of experience working directly in utilities or process equipment maintenance, or other directly related field required
  • Minimum of seven (7) years 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 required
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment with cGMPs requirements or other regulated industry or manufacturing environment preferred
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or cLEAN® 2-star preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in maintenance processes & mechanical systems required
  • 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) required
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of utility systems components maintenance & operation including cooling & chilled water, plant steam (HP & LP), compressed air, clean steam & purified water required
  • 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 required
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of systems components maintenance & operation to include centrifugation, spray drying & chromatography preferred
  • Experience with using records control systems (SAP, CMMS or similar system) required
  • 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 preferred
  • Experience using controls & control interfaces for PLC, PCS, BMS & DCS systems required
  • Ability to independently apply engineering techniques & analysis within the discipline required
  • Strong project management skills required
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills preferred
  • Proven expertise in developing/planning/coordinating maintenance activities & following up on results required
  • Experienced in creating &/or revising work plans for complex problems being resolved by cross functional teams preferred


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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