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Senior Plant Engineer

Date: Jun 27, 2022

Location: Birmingham, AL, US

Company: Evonik Industries AG

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Senior Plant Engineer


Location: United States : Birmingham, AL

Function: Engineering

Career Level: Senior professionals (> 5 years)

Legal Entity: Evonik Corporation

Business Line: Health Care


What we offer

You will work on exciting and challenging topics together with a team in an ultra-modern, innovative and creative environment. Intensive on-the-job training with expert colleagues guarantees you will quickly become familiar with your duties and perform them independently. Performance related pay and the opportunity for personal and professional development are of course part of the package. Since 2009 Evonik Industries AG has been certified as a family-friendly company by the German Hertie Foundation.

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  • May be embedded in other departments such as operations or maintenance, or a member of cross functional teams to represent plant engineering function to support projects and operational readiness of assigned systems.
  • Work independently and may mentor or supervise junior engineers, engineering interns, and contractors.
  • Identify and champion projects to support site’s continuous improvement, cost control and any compliance gap remediation initiatives. 
  •  May be expected to interface with internal and external auditors, and regulators.
  • Fosters knowledge sharing and builds strength of plant engineering fundamental concepts within the manufacturing and maintenance environments.
  • Creates system specific training or general training to enhance knowledge of operations team use systems as per OEM recommendations and internal procedures.
  • Increase knowledge base in operations teams to be able to troubleshoot and address common issues with systems. 

Plant Engineering:

  • Designated system owner and SME for systems in assigned are related to infrastructure, utilities, or GMP process equipment.
  • Ensure that systems are always is a state of operational readiness and comply with EHS and Quality requirements specified in relevant regulations, Evonik’s standards, policies, and procedures. 
  • Ensure that preventive maintenance is carried out on time and in full, any issues are documented and investigated, corrective and preventive actions are implemented.
  • Provide technical expertise to maintain and continuously improve assigned areas to improve reliability, reduce downtime, minimize costs, and ensure technical means for safe and high-quality operation.
  • Work with Reliability Engineering to identify critical spare parts required for systems in assigned area. Monitor health of systems and proactively identify and implement measures to ensure maximum uptime of systems.
  • Work with Project Engineering to create budget estimates, develop business cases and secure capital funds to implement projects to support systems uptime, increase reliability, safety and compliance, and correct systems issues. 
  • May serve as Project Manager or Project Responsible for small size capital projects associated with the assigned area. 
  • Crete and maintain life cycle documentation such as URS, system classification, system risk assessment, EAF (CMMS entry) and work with site Process Engineering and Validation teams to qualify and validate the systems.
  • Maintain the qualified or validated state of systems as appropriate.
  • Work with maintenance to ensure that work orders associated with routine calibration, preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance and ESH are appropriately prioritized and completed.
  • Responsible for initiating and completing change controls, investigating deviations, and implementing CAPA actions for the assigned areas.  
  • Other tasks as required


  • Follow Environmental, Health, Safety, and Quality practices and procedures in accordance with current Local, State, and Federal Regulations.
  • Adhere to Evonik’s ESHSQ programs, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensure that Pharmaceutical Standards and cGxP’ regulations and ICH guidelines are integrated into assigned projects as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in identifying and resolving safety issues. Lead or participate in Safety risk assessments (PHA) and Quality Risk Assessments (QRA) for new process designs and process changes.
  • Lead or participate in deviation investigations using RCA tools. Support implementation of corrective and preventive actions.
  • Using TrackWise, support management of Deviations, Change Controls and CAPAs.
  • Support internal and external compliance audits.
  • Author and review SOPs.
  • Other tasks as required


  •  BS/MS in an engineering field including but not limited to Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, or Biomedical Engineering with a minimum of 8 years of experience in plant engineering function with sufficiently demonstrated level of performance and capability in the maintaining systems (infrastructure, utilities, or process equipment) in state of operational readiness.
  • Sig sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification is a plus.
  • Previous supervisory experience is a plus.
  • A demonstrated ability to do the following for engineering activities of an appropriate scope and complexity:
    • Understand technical details of design, operation, and troubleshooting systems related to infrastructure, utilities, and/or process equipment.
    • Examples of systems may be semi or filly automated fill lines (liquid and/or powder), autoclaves, Depyrogenation ovens/ tunnels, HVAC, cold storage chambers, containment and aseptic isolators, tanks, pumps, TFF, shakers, filter driers etc.
    • Examples of utilities may be clean steam, WFI, Nitrogen, instrument/ process air, chilled water, hot water etc.
    • Communicates and escalates issues related to systems failures, downtime, deviations etc. to line management, site leadership, and process owners as appropriate.
  • Capability to create, train and apply standard engineering procedures and techniques.
  • Use technical expertise, experience, and creativity to evaluate and identify causes of unanticipated or adverse outcomes or deviations and to propose corrective action or resolutions for problems of increasing complexity.
  •  Knowledge of the use of personal protective equipment and safety protocols and practices related to working with or exposure to hazardous chemicals that could potentially affect the health of the employee.
  • Ability to:
    • Perform work utilizing a computer for extended periods of time;
    • Sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area;
    • Stand for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area;
    • Grasp objects utilizing the fingers (fine motor manipulation);
    • Reach for objects above the head or below the waist;
    • Stoop or crouch by bending at the waist or by bending the legs;
    • Determine colors
  • Experienced in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software programs.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; ability to clearly and effectively communicate observations, results, and outcomes to more senior technical staff.
  • A general understanding and application of relevant engineering principles, and methods; familiarity or general working knowledge of other related technical fields and applications.
  • Experience in managing smaller engineering projects as it relates to plant engineering activities through the conceptual, basic, and detailed engineering design phases.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with senior staff, at internal company meetings, and with clients on technical aspects of experiments and research programs.
  • Conduct activities with consideration of budget, time schedules, and overall project goals and objectives.  

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Evonik Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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