Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Posted: 06/10/2024 Job Number: 39294

Job Description


Top 3 Must Have Skill Sets:
  • Demonstrated strong communication and technical writing skills with cross functional groups, (QA, MFG., Leadership)
  • Direct experience with regulated environments (FDA, OSHA) with an emphasis in promoting safety and quality in their area of work.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or another science-related field with 2+ years of relevant work experience in operations/manufacturing environment

Red Flags:
  • Must be local- not interested in seeing job seekers who will need to relocate
  • Poor communication
  • Lack of knowledge on equipment troubleshooting
  • Inability to relocate on time
  • Inability to speak on responsibilities listed in resume
  • Unable to provide occasional afterhours support


This engineering position supports manufacturing activities associated with cGMP equipment and facilities at Thousand Oaks (TO). The engineer will lead activities in alignment with our Commissioning and Qualification Process (CQP) to ensure that new GMP equipment is installed and maintained in a validated state. This role will collaborate with the maintenance, project management, the engineering technical lead, and manufacturing to develop and oversee the implementation, operation and reliability of equipment. The engineer will work closely with Quality Assurance (QA) to ensure GMP compliance and address potential gaps. In addition, the engineer will evaluate equipment maintenance plans, support periodic review of manufacturing systems, and investigate root causes of equipment issues. The engineer will support the projects in defining strategies for quality systems verification and will work with the process development / validation team to develop and document appropriate practices for characterization.

  • Be individually accountable for the verification deliverables on key capital projects.
  • Assist in the identification of critical quality parameters and process attributes for new equipment or facility modifications.
  • Lead, evaluate, and manage performance of contract resources.
  • Provide oversight for verification deliverables developed by outsourced/contract verification staff.
  • Act as a liaison between Engineering, Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance during project planning, execution, and closeout.
  • Ensure that validation protocols are executed and documented in accordance with cGMP good documentation and safety compliant practices.
  • Ensure safety during commissioning, validation, maintenance, and manufacturing activities.
  • Review and approve the commissioning report and ensure that all validation exceptions have been adequately addressed.
  • Conduct and document periodic equipment validation reviews.
  • Perform equipment troubleshooting and root cause investigations using LEAN tools (Fishbone, 5-Why, etc.)
  • Participate or lead, when required, multidisciplinary site teams, e.g. Cross Functional Team, Root Cause Analysis lead.
  • Support Lean Transformation and Excellence in Operations process improvement by leading, supporting, and documenting improvement opportunities to reduce cost, improve safety/quality, or improve speed.
  • Provide ad hoc technical support and guidance for manufacturing
  • Provide coaching and guidance to project teams and engineers on the CQP process and risk-based approaches to commissioning and verification
  • Defend the equipment-specific calibration, maintenance, & validation as required during regulatory inspections
  • Participate in internal audits and assess risks in conjunction with QA.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining metrics related to equipment performance
  • Provide technical expertise to develop reliability improvement plan including design requirements, maintenance strategy, spare part procurement.
  • Lead improvement implementation plans while following safety requirements
  • Assist with equipment maintenance and troubleshooting during project duration
  • Contact vendors as needed to understand and assess any change impact (to equip, utility, facility) as improvements are planned and executed.
  • Develop GMP documentation following good documentation practices including validation plans and standard operating procedures.

  • Problem solving and applied engineering.
  • Basic technical presentations.
  • Personal organization.
  • Adapting to and managing change.
  • Project and document management systems (CDOCS, E-Builder, PCS, BMS and QEMS).
  • Validated GMP management systems (Maximo CMMS, Trackwise)
  • Project management and cost development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership and team building

Basic Qualifications:
  • Master degree

  • Bachelor degree and 2 years of experience

  • Associate degree and 6 years of experience

  • High school diploma / GED and 8 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or another science-related field
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in operations/manufacturing environment
  • Direct experience with regulated environments (FDA, OSHA, EPA, etc.)
  • Working knowledge and experience with cGMP procedures and engineering practices on pharmaceutical/biotech production processes, clean utilities, facilities, instruments, and equipment
  • Experience implementing risk-based verification on major GMP process equipment / automation projects, including validation protocol development and execution
  • Demonstrated strong communication and technical writing skills
  • Strengths in facilitation and collaboration / networking with cross-functional groups
  • Experience in developing SOPs and delivering training
  • Individual must be a team player prepared to work in and embrace a team-based culture that relies on collaboration for effective decision-making
  • Proven track record of applying process improvement methodologies to mature and improve business processes (e.g. PDCA, LEAN, Six Sigma, and fundamental understanding of statistics, etc.)
  • Problem solving skills using scientific and engineering methods and investigative skills for root cause analysis.
  • Availability to support outside regular hours as needed


Pay range is $31 - $36 per hour with full benefits available, including paid time off, medical/dental/vision/life insurance, 401K, parental leave, and more. Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. Pay is based on several factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.


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