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Principal Process Engineer

Company: Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Location: South San Francisco
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:


Global Engineering executes major CAPEX projects in the Pharma Division with focus mainly on Pharma Technical Operations (PT). The Principal / Senior Principal Process Engineer provides discipline focused project management, technical leadership and accountability for Process Engineering in the delivery of capital projects and engineering services to support PT, CMO, and Affiliates. This includes projects that are single and multidisciplinary in nature. The Principal / Senior Principal Process Engineer reports to the Resource Manager (Head of Project Engineering and Execution) within the region.

Key Sub-Project Management Responsibilities/Tasks:

The Principal / Senior Principal Process Engineer has advanced skills in the follow Project Management focus areas.

  • Applying decision making processes
  • Defining roles and responsibilities
  • Gaining alignment with key stakeholders, customers and project management team
  • Management of sub-Project to approved budget and schedule
  • Definition of priorities
  • Close coordination across disciplines
  • Regular status updates including progress vs plan, risks, mitigations

Including substantial contributions to overall project scope including:

  • Options Analysis
  • Project Planning
  • Execution strategies
  • Development of detailed Schedule based on Work Breakdown Structure
  • Resourcing
  • Estimating
  • Executes deliverables in compliance with EM, Global Standards and Processes and all other Roche Guidelines and Directives
  • Expresses relevant information timely, clearly and concisely to relevant stakeholders including adjusting communication style to the audience being addressed
  • Partners proactively with key customers, team members and stakeholders, while being open and approachable with a friendly, positive and professional attitude
  • Challenges the status-quo and develops creative solutions within the framework of Global Standards and Processes
  • Leads proactive measures to achieve the specified goals in the event of deviations from the project plan
  • Manages a sub-project team including external contractors and gives clear guidance to the team in terms of technical solutions and/or business processes
  • Maintain ownership of assigned work-package within discipline through all project phases so that target functionality, quality and reliability are achieved

Discipline Specifics:

  • Expertise include systems and equipment within one or more of the following areas: biologics drug substance, biologics drug product, small molecules drug substance, small molecules drug product, packaging/warehousing and GMP utilities
  • Technical Analysis: including process and technology plant fits, capacity and equipment utilization, and assessment of applicable new technologies.
  • Perform the role of Senior Expert within one of the Process Engineering Community of Practices
  • Act as certified reviewer for discipline reviews for CAPEX Projects
  • Is an acknowledged expert within Roche
  • Mentor and coach less experienced engineers
  • Work is largely self directed, and exercises considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to assignments. Provides guidance and manage work activities of others.

Required Qualifications:

Education / Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or related discipline with 12 to 15 years of experience preferable in pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical , 10 to 13 years of experience with Masters Degree, 7 to 10 years of experience with PhD
  • Preferred Requirements: MS or PhD in Engineering and/or an MBA
  • 10 years of experience in international management of capital projects
  • Able to execute scope that is complex on projects that are mid-sized to large


  • Excellent collaboration, teambuilding and communication skills
  • Strong business and technical acumen, strategic agility and global perspective necessary to lead the groups to world-class performance
  • Global experience and culturally savvy, can adapt to and effectively manage in various cultural environments and organizational levels including executive management
  • Embodies Roche Values and Leadership Commitments
  • Proficient knowledge of English (written & spoken) a must, and other additional languages (e.g. German, Portuguese, Mandarin) a plus
  • Significant travel such as assignment requiring weekly commuting or temporary remote assignment as required to meet the business need
  • International project assignment of 1 to 3 years as required to meet the business needs



Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

Manufacturing, Manufacturing > Production Engineering

Keywords: Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, South San Francisco , Principal Process Engineer, Other , South San Francisco, California

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