Shire Sr. Process Engineer II in Los Angeles, California

Plans, executes and functionally directs Process Engineering assignments and projects, which require sound engineering skills and independent judgment. Applies a solid understanding of theories/practices utilized by other disciplines outside the primary area of expertise towards the development of new or enhanced products or processes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Able to manage large and complex projects with moderate supervision to achieve critical project targets. Effectively manage project risks and utilize project management methodology.

  • Lead Pharma Bulk & Fractionation equipment improvement projects. Implement equipment and process control system changes following established change control standards. Develop detailed commissioning plans and provide technical input to validation documents as needed.

  • Contribute to the development of improved and robust control strategies for Manufacturing processes in Pharma Bulk & Fractionation.

  • Support B8 bulk manufacture, B5 Fractionation and Process Engineering “System Owner” concept for B5 CIP & COP processes and relevant processes and products. Responsible for equipment operating efficiencies and uptime through the system owner concept.

  • Develop a strong business case of new and continuous improvement projects. Including the economic evaluation of technically feasible alternatives. Must have a clear understanding of the business strategic objectives and the roles within.

  • Create detailed and accurate project schedules and budgets. Interface and align with cross functional groups. Responsible and accountable for project due dates and costs. Identify and resolve issues that may jeopardize project schedules or improve project time.

  • Develop solutions to complex technical problems that require the regular use of ingenuity, creativity and innovation. Represent the organization as the prime technical contact on projects.

  • Establish, develop and drive Good Engineering Practices. Conduct projects according to the prescribed Project Management Methodology.

  • Provide mentoring to engineers and technicians as needed, and manage contractors on projects.


  • Strong process engineering skills based on sound engineering and scientific principles.

  • Extensive technical expertise and strong working knowledge of other related disciplines of engineering common to Bioscience business.

  • Must have excellent communication skills in order to effectively communicate with all level of professionals. Both internal and external.

  • Demonstrated ability to write reports clearly, describing results from complex processes and qualifications.

  • Able to convince management on courses of action with minimal assistance using both written and verbal methods.

  • Must be self-motivated, have good interpersonal skills, callable of analyzing and solving complex problems through innovative thought and experience.

  • Effective team member with experience in handling multiple projects and leading cross-functional teams with minimal guidance.

  • Able to prioritize multiple tasks and incorporate cGMP, change control requirements and safety into designs.

  • Must be able to provide solutions that reflect understanding business objectives and cost implications.

Education and/or experience

B.S. degree in Engineering and 7-10 years of experience, M.S. in Engineering and 5-7 years of experience. Demonstrated success in delivering results on several technical challenges. Experience in Biopharmaceutical, Chemical Processing. Food or Petrochemical industries preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 25 lbs.

  • In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in the facility.

Working Environment

  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.

  • No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

  • Will work in a cold, wet environment

  • Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends.

  • Must be able to work overtime as required (only for non-exempt positions).

  • May be required to work in a confined area.

  • Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions.

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Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.