Process Engineer I - Initial Purification

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

Support the ongoing development of the purification process for DAPI-US. Support the ongoing definition of user requirements for the purification area. Drive the processes in the purification department & ensure system & equipment reliability.



  • Support validation within area
  • Support quality of equipment & processes in DAPI-US
  • Ensure identification of & collaboration regarding interfaces to other processes & support systems
  • Input & review to Process FMECA’s for purification of project products
  • Support Purification project team in maintaining schedule adherence
  • Ensure coordination & collaboration between DAPI-US & other site stakeholders
  • Gather & ensure knowledge transfer to project from similar production sites in Novo Nordisk


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS (pharmacology, engineering, biology) or equivalent combination of education & relevant experience in a Good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulated environment
  • Experience in purification/downstream processes, e.g. chromatography, chemical modification, spray drying etc.
  • Knowledge about requirements/expectations from authorities e.g. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Experience with Process Control Systems


Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience from operating In a GMP regulated environment
  • Proven ability to establish & maintain networks & facilitate processes that encourage cross organizational knowledge sharing


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 locally or internationally, as needed
  • 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 package 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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