Valeant Pharmaceuticals

  • Principal Engineer

    Job Location US-FL-Tampa
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    Full Time
  • Overview

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a diverse pharmaceutical company that is committed to focusing on our key stakeholders while delivering consistently high performance. Our values provide the overall direction for our company, and provide us with the tools necessary to rise to any challenge by leveraging our collective hard work and effort along with our unwavering competitive spirit. These values help us set goals based on our organization’s potential and what we hope it will become.


    The person in this position is the subject matter expert in aseptic manufacturing facilities and related utilities and has the ability to make decisions with high liability.  The person is also recognized as a technical expert with impact on the company and/or major project and is a key technology contributor.


    Reporting to the Director of Engineering, the Principal Engineer will support and/or lead multiple site-based capital projects inclusive of process equipment, utilities equipment and facilities capital and expense projects.  He/She is expected to contribute to the design, development and enhancement of all of the plant facilities and utilities and manage projects to replace, modernize and improve plant facilities as required to maintain the plant in peak condition and or support business growth. He/She will provide technical leadership that drives significant improvement in achieving Operational Excellence.  


    This role is primarily responsible for the designing, engineering, and planning for facilities, utilities, equipment and process projects related to modernization of existing pharmaceutical production facility, including new and retrofit projects to support production and plant operating activities. Provides technical advice on facility, utility and equipment purchases. Manages and resolves construction related problems as required. Coordinates activities of crafts supporting facility, utility, equipment, and process projects both during and after the project; managing risks to product and personnel.


    In addition this role, as an extension to the site's Process, Utilities and Facilities Teams, will be responsible for assisting with trouble shooting facility and utility systems on an as needed basis which includes but not limited to chillers, air handler units (AHUs), WFI loops, clean steam generators, vapor compression stills, etc. Provide investigation, engineering and change control support for all systems including investigation of deviations of facility and utility systems and the determination of the root cause, along with the development of corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence.



    • Leadership of projects from initial project definition and scope development, schedule, budget, user and functional requirements, conceptual design, detailed design, risk assessment, and equipment selection through start-up, commissioning, and qualification.
    • Work with internal and external partners to develop, design and implement comprehensive cGMP facility, utility, environmental, EHS/OSHA, material and personnel workflow improvements to optimize manufacturing operations and ensure regulatory     compliance.
    • Lead program of complex Capital Projects in a fast-paced, multi- disciplined, cross-functional team environment to ensure desired outcome is achieved. Manage all change orders, invoice approvals, reports, and change controls.
    • Develop and manage capital project schedules in order to meet overall program goals, including scope, budget and timeline. Communicate status of project activities on a regular basis.
    • Lead internal and external design reviews to ensure timely execution of project plans.
    • Provide technical expertise and leadership in all facets of a project from project development, budgeting, and life cycle costing to project execution, completion, and reporting.
    • Provide technical input as required ensuring technical requirements reflect desired outcomes.
    • Responsibilities include oversight of the design, development and integration of state-of-the-art equipment systems, accomplishing project objectives to cost, time, quality and compliance requirements.
    • Ensure successful equipment / systems delivery qualifications, integration and manufacturing validation.  Facilitate the establishment of acceptance criteria for both pre- & post-delivery equipment qualifications.  Work in conjunction with site operations       to develop Functional Requirements for manufacturing equipment. 
    • Lead and/or support investigations to troubleshoot, identify root cause, and resolve manufacturing issues.
    • Support the development and execution of an engineering strategy based on industry standards and best practices ensuring regulatory compliance through the selection and implementation of the latest technology in facility design, processing equipment and methodologies.
    • Support process validation and documentation activities as necessary.
    • Support facilities and manufacturing with training, documentation packages and preventative maintenance procedures.


    • BS or MS in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred.  Advanced Degree and Electrical or Controls experience are a plus.
    • Minimum 10 years' experience, relevant technical and project leadership experience in an aseptic environment with a proven track record of delivering to objectives.
    • Display a solid technical understanding of engineering principles and procedures and their application to the plant with demonstrated knowledge of HVAC, compressed air, steam, and water systems.
    • Demonstrated technical expertise, operational understanding and cGMP compliance in aseptic operations.
    • Familiarity with technology transfer, regulatory documentation and operations infrastructure.
    • Familiarity with product and process change management and quality systems and with FDA regulated facilities and manufacturing audits.
    • Demonstrated ability to write technical reports and to clearly and concisely present technical information to multi-disciplinary groups.
    • Excellent computer skills, solid analytical skills, demonstrated excellent interpersonal, leadership and Project Management Skills.

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    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is committed to leveraging the talent of a diverse workforce to create great opportunities for our business and our people. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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