Process Design Engineer - Pharma Projects - Dublin

Location: Ireland

EUR 60 - 70 Per Hour

Job Type: Contract

Industry: Biotech-Pharma-Medical-Device-Jobs

Job ID: JO-2301-31816

Consultant: Karen McHugh

Are you a Project Process Engineer / Project Manager with 8+ years recent relevant experience in a process engineering role in the Pharma/Biotech/Chemical industry?

If interested in this role, call Karen on +353 1 7978720 to discuss or forward your CV to for review

Process Design Engineer - Pharma Projects - Dublin

Job Description

Our Client is one of Ireland's leading EPCm consultancies and a global player in the Semiconductor, Pharma and Biotech sectors with offices in Cork and Dublin. 

They have a large number of Biotech projects in the pipeline and will be looking for process engineers to get involved in these projects.

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 evaluation.

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

Flow Diagrams      

Prepares flow diagrams and participates in flow diagram reviews.

Understands the importance of the flow diagram as a communication tool to other disciplines.

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 equipment 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       

Prepares instrumentation process data. 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.

Interprets control philosophy of relatively complex control systems.

Reviews control systems specification sheets for consistency with process data

Reviews logic diagrams for relatively simple loops.

Evaluates alternative control strategies to meet process objectives.


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.

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

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).

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.

Field Work               

Assists in process field work.

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

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.

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

Assists, under general supervision, in writing of the Process Final Job Report.

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


B.Eng in Chemical and Processing Engineering or appropriate science or engineering discipline.

A minimum of 8+ years’ recent relevant experience in a process engineering/projects role in the Pharma/Biotech/Chemical industry.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process understanding and experience e.g. dry blending, compression, compaction, coating, granulation (wet and dry), containment, material handling etc.

A proven track record in process development, support and improvement is required.

The ability to organise, plan and execute multiple tasks to tight schedules

Experience with leading cross functional teams is desirable.

Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities is required.

Proven track record of project based activities in the pharmaceutical industry.

Experience with process technologies.

Experience with process equipment procurement.

Good communication skills combined with an imaginative and creative approach to problem solving.

Strong leadership skills and the ability to work in cross-functional team environments, as well as independently.


Contract rates of €60 - €70 per hour, depending on role

18 month contract minimum


Karen McHugh is the consultant managing this position.

If you are a Process Design Engineer​ interested in roles based in Dublin, you can contact Karen by e-mail at or phone +353-1-7978720 for a confidential chat.

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