Lead Process Engineer - Biotech Plant - Cork

Location: Ireland


Job Type: Contract

Industry: Biotech-Pharma-Medical-Device-Jobs

Job ID: JO-2310-34361

Consultant: Karen McHugh

Are you a Lead Process Engineer with 10+ years experience in the life sciences industry (API/OSD/ Biotechnology/fill finish) ?

This is a contract role is based on site in Cork with working from home options.

​If interested, please send your CV to ​karen​@jobcontax.com or call Karen on +353-1-7978720

Lead Process Engineer - Biotech Plant - Cork

Job Description

Our client is a leading international engineering consultancy. 

Participation in schedule development

Provides leadership to process team members

Client facing

Interdiscipline collaboration

Soft skills - works effectively in a team, strong communication, presentation and time management skills. 

Project lifecycle understanding preferred. 

Adherence and understanding of Quality and checking practices. 

Process Design Basis

Applies process design criteria, guidelines and contract requirements to process design work.  

Applies process design criteria and guidelines to all phases of process engineering.


Can read and understand and mark up process drawings including PFDs and P&IDs.

Can design and update process drawings (low complexity). 

Can design and update process drawings (med/high complexity). 

Participates in drawing reviews. 

Process Flow Diagrams 

Understands the importance of process drawings as a communication tool to other disciplines.

Answers questions, with confidence, from other disciplines and clients as to the requirement/function of each item on the drawing.

Back checks, updates, and ensures consistency with related design documents such as specification sheets and with other units.


Prepares process and utility equipment specification sheets.  

May be responsible for design of a system or a complete unit. (Low complexity)

Prepares process and utility equipment specification sheets.  

May be responsible for design of a system or a complete unit. (Med/High complexity)

Reviews input from other disciplines for compatibility with process design for all equipment.

Reviews equipment bid tabulations and vendor data. (Low complex)

Reviews and approves equipment bid tabulations and vendor data. (Med/High complex)

Calculations/Technical Studies

Performs specifications/calculations and technical studies. 

Completes conceptual developments of a major system and performs all necessary calculations for process design of systems and equipment within the assigned area.

Performs relatively complex technical studies under general supervision.

Ensures that calculations are legible, well organized, correctly references as to equipment/system, dated and signed.

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

Populates process lists and ensures consistency with related design documents across process and other disciplines.  

Control Philosophy

Prepares instrumentation process data.  

Assists in establishing control philosophy for control systems to meet process objectives, including safety.

Prepares control valves process data, relief valve data, analyzer data.

Interprets control philosophy of relatively complex control systems.

Reviews control systems specification sheets for consistency with process data

Evaluates alternative control strategies to meet process objectives.

Awareness of control system philosophies (DCS, PLC, SCADA…)

Process Safety 

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 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).

Participates in HAZID/HAZOP

Understands the issues associated with ATEX/ Containment/Biological safety. 


Understands and participates in FAT preparation activities e.g. FAT test requirements, FAT protocal reviews and co-ordination  

Attends FATs and close out of process items

Operating Manual (Project dependent)

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.

Field Work (Project dependent)              

Assists in process field work.

Performs, under general supervision, a plant checkout as required to ensure flow diagrams and designs have been correctly implemented and all tie-in correctly located.

Assists, under general supervision, in operator training programs as required.

Adopts site safety procedures and practices. 

Can shows a willingness to accept field assignments to fulfill project requirements (personal circumstances permitting).

Can assists, under general supervision, in plant start-up and /or plant performance testing as required. 

Becomes knowledgeable of, and adapts to the construction/operation environment.


A degree in science or engineering or equivalent or a certificate/diploma in similar areas with appropriate industrial experience

10+ Years experience

Experience in the life sciences industry (API/OSD/ Biotechnology/fill finish) 

Design experience preferred.

Self starter & good team player

Good oral & written communication skills


Hourly Contract rate Negotiable based on experience


Karen McHugh is the consultant managing this position.

If you are a Lead Process Engineer interested in roles based in Ireland, you can contact Karen by e-mail at ​karen​@jobcontax.com or phone +353-1-7978720​ for a confidential chat.

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