Shire Senior Engineer II in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Duties

As a key member of PI-MST (Process Industrialization – Manufacturing Support team), this individual will be responsible for providing technical and scientific leadership to support downstream processes of commercial productions. The position emphasizes hands-on, lab-based activities to design and execute studies to support process investigations/troubleshooting, process continuous improvement, tech transfer, and life-cycle management. This individual will lead or contribute as a key member of various cross-function teams, who interacts extensively with other groups and departments within Shire, including other PDTS groups, Manufacturing, PTS, QA, QC, Engineering and RA etc.


Job Function and Description


Provide technical expertise and leadership in identifying opportunities/areas, planning, designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data and documenting results


Lead or participate as cross-function team member and/or represent PDTS-MST in various project teams for process improvements, investigations and manufacturing tech supports


Responsible for high quality of written memos, study proposals, research and development reports


Provide technical expertise and leadership in trouble-shooting and root cause analysis for process discrepancies and quality investigations with extreme complex technical nature

Education and Experience Requirements

This individual will have a minimum of:

  • A Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Protein Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related disciplines with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in a biotechnology/pharmaceutical environment is required; or M.S. in Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience.

  • Proven record of technical leadership;

  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment with demonstrated capacity to juggle multiple tasks and demands

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

The successful candidate must:

  • Have excellent knowledge and experience with protein purification process development and GMP manufacturing support, including protein capture and recovery, chromatography purification, filtration, and UF/DF etc.

  • Have experience in design-of-experiment (DoE) and the ability to analyze and interpret data collected.

  • Demonstrate teamwork/collaboration and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively

  • Be customer focused, result oriented, science driven and embrace Shire’s values

  • Have the attitude to proactively learn new technologies and manage changes in purification process development and improvement

  • Have experience in GMP working environments

  • This person will have been involved in purification process development or manufacturing support, have technical leadership including the ability to influence, motivate, and drive technical rigor

Complexity and Problem Solving

This individual will be expected to:

  • Lead purification process improvement, trouble-shooting and tech transfer supports. Identify and analyze complex technical problems and then find and implement solutions

  • Apply fundamental scientific and biological principles to practical technical challenges

  • Independently, plan, design and direct experimental studies to be carried out by his/her direct reports and team members while also encouraging team work and career development

  • Work closely with his/her supervisor and coworkers in managing multiple work streams and projects. Make sound and timely decisions based on project priorities. Provide expert input to departmental and senior management towards making strategic and functional decisions

Internal and External Contacts

  • Internally, this individual will represent PI-MST (Process Industrialization – Manufacturing Support Team) in support MFG as customer with close and intensive interactions with internal business partners including PTS, other PDTS groups, QA, QC, RA and Engineering within Shire

  • Externally, this individual will interact with vendors who may supply materials or equipment both used in small-scale development lab and in large-scale MFG.

Other Job Requirements

  • Travel may be required for this position occasionally both domestic and international.

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