Process Engineer I - Fermentation

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?


We are looking to hire 2-3 process engineers.


Position Purpose

Ensure successful qualification & execution of the project phases for the Fermentation process, evolving into a process subject matter expert for the Fermentation area.


Main tasks include:

  • Support team in ensuring installed design adheres to process requirements
  • Coordinate & execute process validation activities
  • Provide technical support of the operating facility to meet business goals
  • Coach & mentor less experienced members of the process engineering team



  • Overall validation responsible within area
  • Execute & coordinate all qualification activities included in the project (SAT, IQ, OQ, PQ)
  • Lead / provide technical support to investigation & resolution of VNC’s & NC’s
  • Support development & implementation of change requests during commissioning & operation
  • Verify process equipment & facilities satisfy design requirements. Ensure designs comply with current pharmaceutical standards applicable for the project such as ASME BPE, GAMP, Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), ISPE guidelines
  • Gathering & ensure knowledge transfer to project from DK sponsor site. Support or serve as Process Responsible in Process Groups
  • Support work packages in maintaining schedule & project milestone adherence
  • Ensure coordination & collaboration between project & other site stakeholders
  • Ensure design adheres with process FMECA's & resolve misalignments where observed
  • Develop knowledge of risk assessment documents such as requirements risk assessments (RRA's)
  • Support update, development & design adherence to requirement specification documents
  • Participation in review & update of QRM risk assessments such as closed-system, cross-contamination, contamination & facility flows
  • Apply Fermentation knowledge to the review & update of design documentation (process flow diagrams, P&IDs, etc.)
  • Provide design basis information for accurate process scheduling & capacity calculations


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in chemical engineering, biological / biomedical engineering, or another pharmaceutical related field
  • Minimum of two (2) years of engineering experience in operations, process design/troubleshooting/improvement


Desired Qualifications

  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or cLEAN® 2-star desired
  • Experience of working with cGMPs & their applications
  • Demonstrated experience in chemical/biological manufacturing processes
  • Knowledgeable in the following systems:  Instrument & Electrical, Mechanical, Control/SCADA/PLCs, Process Improvement Methods, Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Maintenance & Reliability
  • Ability to independently apply engineering techniques & analysis within the discipline
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Proven expertise in planning/organization/execution of maintenance activities & following up on results
  • Creating and/or revising the work plan for complex problems being resolved by cross functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands
  • Must be able to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Constantly positions oneself to transfer materials within manufacturing environment. Frequently moves about building(s) to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 and/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procure motorized vehicle license
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to access service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally required to secure a motorized vehicle license & operate a motorized vehicle
  • Occasionally works around odorous and/or hazardous materials
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions oneself within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Able to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Able to travel internationally, up to 10% of the time
  • Able to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Able to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation


No relocation is available for this role.


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


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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