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Director of Engineering

  • Location: Decatur, IL
  • Start Date: 11/29/2021
  • Job ID: 21-00781
  • Posting Date: 11/29/2021
  • Job Type: Direct Placement
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Responsible for the overall direction to the engineering function through the development of engineering policies and procedures consistent with organizational requirements and corporate standards and;
  • Planning and Directing all areas of Facilities, Engineering and Maintenance functions
  • Planning and executing capital budgets and projects
  • Leading technical teams in meeting the needs of the plant operations,

  • Provide leadership, guidance, training and personnel development from both administrative and technical base
  • Develop short-term and long-term departmental and facility planning objectives to align with site objectives
  • Guide departmental operations and personnel in accordance with company philosophies by way of performance reviews, training, and development programs, setting and tracking goals and objectives and promoting fiscal responsibility
  • Institute and apply best engineering practices to ensure effective preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance while maintaining continued operations with minimal down time and uninterrupted plant operations
  • Ensure all designs, material, equipment and day-to-day-operations comply with cGMP requirements and practices.
  • Lead and support equipment and facility modifications to meet the needs of the operations ensuring the appropriate cGMP guidelines are followed
  • Facilitate the implementation of cost reductions, new product launches and ongoing process equipment maintenance
  • Provide appropriate technical knowledge and training to support the engineering team to write detailed equipment/facility/utility URS and specifications as necessary
  • Provide troubleshooting guidance for equipment failures as necessary
  • Approve SOPs, Safe practices, Test reports, Change controls, etc. as required
  • Determine and provide appropriate engineering solutions and the most applicable technology applications to ensure optimal energy use and compliance with regulations on sustainability and energy reduction
  • Enhance the troubleshooting skills within the department for all areas of responsibility
  • Provide technical support and resources to other departments within the organization
  • Improve systems such as calibration and maintenance, automation, etc. to enhance and improve the execution of the workload
  • Oversee technical, financial, and managerial tasks associated with site assigned capital budgets and capital project execution from conception to design, construction and validation and provide reports and communications as required
  • Represent and foster harmonious relationships within the department and other site departments and corporate functions such as, Corporate Engineering
  • Interface with external organizations such as the EPA, DEA, the FDA, insurance investigators, the building/fire commissioner, and others as required
  • Participate in internal and external audits as required or requested
  • Ensure for the effective interface between Engineering, Security and EH&S resources and for the planning, developing and managing emergency response and business continuity
  • Ensure that external resources/contractors working on the site are properly managed and their services are properly coordinated
  • Operating budget responsibility in excess of $1.0m/y; Capital project budgets around $10m/year


The job holder supervises the following supervisors, engineers, and technicians and facilitates their efforts as a group in conjunction with the organization's requirements: Head of Maintenance, Head of Project Engineering, Project Engineer- Lyophilization, and Head of Calibration Technicians . All areas of formal supervision are included such as performance appraisals, hiring, termination, work direction, and personnel development.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Hires, disciplines, and terminates employees; rates employees' performance; develops departmental and plant Standard Operating Procedures and sound managerial practices; evaluates hazards within the facility for safety, health, and environmental risks.
  • Ability to meet attendance standards.
  • All full-time employees are required to work a 40-hr week.
  • At times it may be necessary to work additional hours in order to get the required tasks accomplished to meet deadlines.

  • 15+ years Engineering and Maintenance experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and ideally having experience in sterile manufacturing
  • 10+years of Capital Project Management experience managing engineering resources and Project Managers in support of capital project execution
  • Process design, equipment selection, cost estimating, scheduling and people management experience
  • BS in mechanical, Electrical or Chemical engineering
  • Academic training or practical experience in financial analysis and economic evaluation is desired to ensure that proper business considerations are included in the decision-making process
  • Excellent communications skills in oral, written, and presentation situations providing clear, informative, and persuasive communication in positive and negative scenarios
  • Good analytical and computer skills required
  • Proven track record of working in a Matrix Environment
  • Must be able to prioritize critical versus non=critical issues, and communicate to management and team leaders in clear, concise and timely manner
  • Ability to establish credibility and trust amongst all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work under tight timelines and be able to motivate direct reports to deliver expected results
Posted by Stephanie Gonzalez
Senior Technical Recruiter
(800) 821-4644 x 3997