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Upstream Process Equipment Engineer (Senior Manager)

1094 CSL Behring Rec. Fac. AG

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Upstream Process Equipment Engineer (Senior Manager)

Upstream Process Equipment Engineer (Senior Manager)

CSL Behring, a subsidiary of the Australian company CSL Limited, is a worldwide biopharmaceutical company which is active worldwide.

In May 2014, CSL selected Lengnau (Canton Bern) as the location of a new manufacturing facility for the production of our promising novel therapies. The CSL Behring Recombinant Facility (RCF) in Lengnau is part of CSL's ongoing global expansion strategy to support the company's long-term growth plans.

We are looking for an

Upstream Process Equipment Engineer

This role will suit candidates who relish the challenge of starting up a new greenfield operating facility, coming on board at the start of the detailed design phase of the project, working within the project execution and delivery team in an ownership and project delivery role.

Ideally, candidates with experience as a senior lead process, mechanical or project engineering role with significant relevant major capital project experience within the Life Sciences industry. This will include all project phases from design, procurement, construction and through to qualification and operational readiness. Significant experience with Life Sciences & Biotech process equipment including technical & commercial capability to lead equipment design and full equipment procurement lifecycle is required. This will also include coordinating the equipment review process with key stakeholders.

International experience on major capital projects design and equipment procurement, with substantial vendor management experience and knowledge of central Europe / DACH region and it`s vendors / module manufacturers / project partners is preferred, with a strong demonstrable track record of successful execution and delivery.

This position is on a 3 year contract basis with option to extend if mutually beneficial for both parties.

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Lead & coordinate the design, URS's, enquiry, bid analysis and technical procurement of Vendor Package equipment, including Upstream processing

  • Full vendor management ownership including technical, design, fabrication, commercial, progress, schedule, documentation, inspection, testing, construction support, commissioning, qualification support and delivery

  • Lead & coordinate the  FAT protocol & execution attendance, SAT`s, installation, IQ, OQ and start-up of Vendor Package equipment

  • Key interface for all vendor equipment matters with the design leads and the Process/Product Development SME`s

  • Day to day design supervision & coordination of vendor equipment and modules

  • Lead, Review & Approve the equipment design, including A&E specifications and vendor submittals

  • Expertise in upstream equipment including fermentation reactor modules, harvest, centrifuges, filtration, inoculation, incubation and other typical vendor equipment utilized in an upstream bulk biotech facility

  • Works effectively within a large team environment while delivering on objectives, strong team player and coach / mentor transferring knowledge to operations & maintenance personnel


  • Degree in mechanical, process or chemical engineering, Dipl. Ing. or M.Sc. or B.Sc. or equivalent

  • Strong leadership experience gained within the design, procurement, construction & qualification environment of a recombinant Biotech Upstream/Downstream manufacturing facility

  • Several years of successful international process technology support and leadership experience on mid-sized and major projects with high complexity in the chemical, biotech-or pharmaceutical industry

  • Proven experience and knowledge in biotech, process and infra engineering

  • Languages: German and English fluent in writing and spoken preferred


Customer orientation, strategic thinking, showing leadership in managing multi-disciplinary teams and motivating employees, negotiation skills, result orientation, financial awareness, creativity and out of the box thinking, strong team leader and communicator, co-operative and solution oriented, cross functional working style

Offices will be in Stöckacker Bern and later in Lengnau.

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