Lead Pharma Process Design Engineer

Dublin, Ireland Countrywide
02 Sep 2016
30 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Under general supervision, you will develops basic engineering designs and specifications on assigned contract; provides process data to environmental groups, reviews and approves equipment RFQ's, bid tabulations and vendor data; assists in process field work.

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties:

Process Design Basis

  • Applies process design criteria, guidelines and contract requirements to process design work.
  • May be responsible for interacting with licensors, including establishing design basis and licensor or evaluation.

Flow Diagrams

  • Prepares flow diagrams and participates in flow diagram reviews.
  • Is able to prepare and review flow diagrams with total information to correspond to the flow sequence, operability and the safety of the unit/system.
  • Answers questions, with confidence, from other disciplines and clients as to the requirement/function of each item on the flow sheet.
  • Back checks, updates, and ensures consistency with related design documents such as specification sheets and with other units.
  • Prepares and reviews metallurgy flow diagrams.

Equipment Datasheets

  • Prepares process and utility equipment specification sheets. May be responsible for design of a system or a complete unit.
  • Understands importance of the equipment specification sheet as a communication tool with other disciplines.
  • Prepares equipment duty specifications for all equipments including complex equipment such as reactors.
  • Prepares detail design specification for all equipment.
  • Reviews input from other disciplines for compatibility with process design for all equipment.

Control Philosophy

  • Assists in establishing control philosophy for relatively complex control systems to meet process objectives, including safety.
  • Prepares control valves process data, relief valve data, analyzer data and instrumentation process data.
  • Reviews control systems specification sheets for consistency with process data and logic diagrams for relatively simple loops.


  • Performs specifications/calculations and technical studies and relatively complex technical studies under general supervision.
  • Completes conceptual developments of a major system and performs all necessary calculations for process design of systems and equipment within the assigned area.

Equip Selection/Review

  • Reviews and approves equipment bid tabulations and vendor data.
  • Expeditiously reviews equipment requests for quotes, purchase requests, bid tabulations and vendor data for conformance to specifications, process compatibility, safety and operability.
  • Ensures consistency of vendor data with other design documents such as flow diagrams, area classifications drawings, utility summaries, etc


  • Develops environmental requirements and provides process data to environmental groups.
  • Provides timely and correct process data (emission quantities, compositions, conditions) to environmental groups as requested.
  • Ensures that the process design is in accordance with the environmental requirements.

Plant Safety/Operability

  • Responsible for performing various process engineering work functions in a manner that will provide a safe and operable plant Understands obligations and authority to make appropriate design decisions necessary for plant safety and operability.
  • Identifies potentially lethal/toxic substances and designs the systems handling those substances in accordance with established Jacobs/Client procedures.
  • Reviews the unit/plant layout for unsafe piping/equipment arrangement and for adequate access to critical valves.
  • Assists in specification of any required safety systems (eye-washers, safety-showers, gas detectors, etc).

Standards and Procedures

  • Assists in developing and upgrading process engineering standards and procedures.
  • Understands and implements the basic process engineering, project and Division standards and procedures in work assignments.

Operating Manual

  • Assists in the production of plant operating manuals. May assume overall responsibility for manuals relatively less complex units.
  • Understands and applies guidelines developed by others regarding the required contents of the operating manuals.
  • Writes assigned sections of the manuals for complex units or writes complete manuals for less complex units. The manuals should be technically correct, complete and clearly written

The required qualifications and attributes are:

  • Chemical engineering degree.
  • Proven extensive years of Lead Design experience, ideally gained within the Pharmaceutical /Bio Pharmaceutical industry either within a Contractor or Operating Company environment, including experience of process equipment specification for API manufacturing, API synthesis, Fill Finish, Biotech oral dosage facilities and packaging.
  • Active membership IChemE, ISPE, Parenteral Society, EI, etc.
  • Chartered Engineer or working towards charter-ship
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to strict deadlines
  • Willing to travel