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Reliability Project Engineer Undergraduate

Sandwich, IL 60548
Global Workplace Solutions

Engineering & Laboratory Support

Discovery Park, Sandwich

**Reliability Project Engineer Undergraduate**


Within Pfizer, awarded one of the top employers in the UK, the GO Engineering & Laboratory Support team works alongside the small-scale manufacturing operations which produce new and emerging pharmaceuticals for use in clinical trials. Our team is accountable for the continuous improvement and maintenance of pharmaceutical equipment, facilities, and laboratory assets. These include state of the art equipment such as batch reactors, HVAC systems and liquid and gas chromatography mass spectrometers.

You will join and work closely with an skilled team of highly motivated full-time engineers and staff, as well as working in partnership with contract service providers. In this highly regulated industry, you will conduct all activities in accordance to standards set by the Environmental, Health & Safety regulatory body as well as maintaining Good Manufacturing Practices.


The successful candidate will have the exciting and varied opportunity to work across multiple manufacturing areas including Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Synthesis, Solid Dose Manufacture and the site laboratories.

The Reliability Project Engineer Undergraduate will be designated as the project steer for a variety of projects designed to improve equipment, manufacturing process capability, reliability, and compliance.

Previous projects have consisted of:

+ Continuous improvement to chemical transfer pumps.

+ Continuous improvement projects in the sites hydrogenation lab.

+ Producing a feasibility report for a new cooling tower system.

+ Evaluating equipment to find root cause of failures and proposing solutions.

+ Designing a contingency plan for the sites waste solvent storage tanks and tanker offloading area.

+ Upgrading a chiller system on site to a new ammonia chiller.

The role will offer opportunities to liaise with external partner organisations as well as other Pfizer sites.


The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to develop and apply their current knowledge in a highly regulated industry, gaining transferrable skills beneficial to any employer with an engineering bias. These will include:

+ The opportunity to draw on the skills and knowledge of a vastly skilled team of engineers with varying specialisms.

+ Project management skills including:

+ Awareness of budgets, cost benefit study, development and management of cost plans.

+ Managing the often-conflicting needs of different key stakeholders.

+ Managing suppliers and contractors to deliver projects safely, on time, and within budget.

+ Report writing at key project milestones to ensure clear and concise communication to management & stakeholders.

+ An excellent introduction to European and UK Environmental Health & Safety Regulations used extensively across industry, including the application of risk assessments and change controls.

+ Gain comprehension of how an adaptable and efficient engineering team prioritise and schedule work as well as day to day operations to meet objectives inside a stimulating industry.

+ Opportunities to shadow engineers and gain an insight into hands on work around the pilot plant.

+ Establish a strong professional network within the pharmaceutical industry.

+ Develop critical thinking in an interdisciplinary environment.

+ Showcase and be an ambassador for the department and STEM activities at science jamborees and career fairs

You would also be encouraged to attend funded training courses aimed at advancing your knowledge beyond the scope of your university course in areas of interest to you.


The successful candidate will work with the highly skilled engineering team and customer groups to identify potential improvement projects and drive these to completion. You will be encouraged to steer several projects yourself, in addition to being involved in the plan, design and implementation stages of others. This will be achieved through regular meetings with project teams, liaising with external suppliers and using your engineering expertise.

Other assignments will include:

+ Comprehend company needs and create specifications and designs for the engineering solutions

+ Ensure maintenance requirements are fully catered for, including training, spare part supply, and maintenance schedules

+ Carry out Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) to address and resolve repeat failures & provide engineering expertise to troubleshoot problems and provide solutions

+ Optimisation studies to define value adding maintenance strategies

+ Contractor management and supervision to deliver projects on time & on budget

+ Producing drawings with AutoCAD to support projects

+ Helping to oversee the sites energy management, including monitoring the sites energy consumption, working with the site landlord to identify opportunities for energy savings and evaluating different engineering projects impact on energy consumption.

You will receive a market competitive salary along with benefits including 25.5 days annual leave.

**When can I start?**

Placements will start on 1st September 2021 and will run for 12 months.


An engineering degree which contains a strong mechanical, electrical, or chemical bias is preferred.

Applicants should be motivated and possess a strong work ethic, the ability to meet deadlines and be happy to take ownership of projects as well as being an authentic, honest and ethical person, with good attention to detail. Other personality traits such as being a self-starter able to operate with the minimum of supervision and possesses excellent communication skills would be advantageous.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate excellent technical ability and knowledge as well as strong interactive skills. They should be capable of applying their university learning to real life applications as well as showing a willingness to continue learning.

**Please note that we only accept application forms. Please do not send over your CV or cover letter as they will not be considered.**


Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

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Posted: 2020-09-17 Expires: 2020-11-18

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