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Process Engineer II - Ethanol Columns

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For more than 95 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Help us bring quality to life. Working at our Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (DAPI) manufacturing facility you will help meet the growing demand for our treatments. Novo Nordisk expects to double production of diabetes and obesity drugs over the next decade and are currently building a new 825,000 sq. ft diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) plant in Clayton, NC next to our existing “fill and finish” manufacturing facility. Our new $2 billion API facility is expected to be operational in 2020, with 700 full-time employees responsible for the fermentation, recovery and purification of insulin and GLP1 ingredients. This once in a life-time career opportunity is ideal for pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals who not only understand the operational complexities of manufacturing but also have the desire and drive to help us build, validate, and run our processes. Here, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry. Are you ready to make a difference?


Position Purpose

Ensure successful ramp-up & operation of Ethanol Columns in support of Purification & Recovery Departments. Support & own column processes as well as Ethanol System, with support from engineering technicians & Senior Specialist. Handle day-to-day challenges as well as planned & unplanned shutdowns. Support operational procedures & technical documentation related to equipment. Meet or exceed customer, business & regulatory requirements in accordance with Novo Nordisk Way. Ensure all activities are aligned with Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) program.



  • Ensure quality & safety of distillation column equipment & processes in DAPI-US
  • Ensure quality & safety of Ethanol System equipment & processes in DAPI-US
  • Ensure identification of & collaboration regarding interfaces to other processes & support systems in the project, as well as the operational part of the Site
  • Creation & participation in change & optimization related discussions related to the equipment
  • Support team in project-related tasks to ensure columns & ethanol systems efficiently achieve operational status
  • Input, review & approval of Process Module Diagrams & Process Flow Diagrams, as well as operational training material (SOPs) related to the equipment
  • Support team in maintaining schedule adherence
  • Ensure coordination & collaboration between project, operation & other site stakeholders
  • Pro-actively gather & ensure knowledge transfer to project & operation from similar production sites, ensuring optimisations across Novo Nordisk


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in pharmacology, engineering, biology or related field
  • Knowledge in raw material handling & chemical preparation processes in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience with distillation column theory
  • Knowledge about requirements/expectations of regulatory authorities e.g. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Experience with Process Control Systems


Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working in a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulated environment
  • Proven ability to establish & maintain networks & facilitate processes that encourage cross organizational knowledge sharing


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands
  • Ability to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Ability to work with fall protection
  • Constantly positions self to transfer materials within manufacturing environment. Frequently moves about the building to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 and/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procure motorized vehicle license
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally required to secure a motorized vehicle license & operate a motorized vehicle
  • Occasionally works around odorous and/or hazardous materials. Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions self within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Able to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Ability to adjust schedule to work with colleagues in other international time zones




At this time, Novo Nordisk is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future would require sponsorship for employment visa status


Novo Nordisk is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Process Engineer II - Ethanol Columns

Clayton, NC
Full Time

Published on 09/29/2020