Process Engineer

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides. With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services. Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. For further information, see

A brief overview

The process engineer is responsible for supporting and maintaining critical and supporting equipment and instruments to ensure the manufacturing process is continuously in operation with minimal downtime. Concurrently, through process mapping, the process engineer is responsible to develop process improvement projects to create efficiency in the process. The process engineer will also be responsible for identifying and researching background for equipment purchases and making recommendation to management.

What you will do


  • Support the Director on capital projects for facility remodeling and expansion
  • Perform activities associated with the design and qualification of the new and existing equipment used in a manufacturing plant
  • Lead the process development, optimization and scale-up of lyophilization processes to cGMP and FDA-compliant
  • Oversee implementation, commissioning, and qualification of clean room spaces and process equipment
  • Ensure plans and resources (people, facilities, supplies etc.) are efficiently utilized to ensure uninterrupted supply of products produced
  • Maximize the success rate for production operations by instituting programs to minimize human error, mechanical failure, contaminations, and procedural error
  • Support strategic plans for process and plant improvements in order to increase efficiency and manage costs.
  • Maintain a safety first approach to process development and manufacturing
  • Communicate operational status regularly to senior management and to corporate management, as required, at the appropriate level of detail. Communications will be both written documents, and in formal and informal oral presentations.
  • Maintain a high level of compliance and efficiency to drive the organization to world-class manufacturing standards
  • Write design qualifications for qualifying batch processing tanks, reactors, filter dryers, HPLCs, filtration system, lyophilizers, cold rooms, ultra-low freezers, HVAC, compressed air, and purified water
  • Create new process and equipment drawings to existing processes based on specifications and standards
  • Update drawings and P&ID to reflect changes to existing processes
  • Maintains drawing files (CAD, P&ID Diagram, PDF, and hard copies)
  • Responsible for trouble shooting and providing corrective action directives
  • Troubleshoot process equipment and ensuring that equipment works to its specifications and appropriate capacities
  • Create, execute validation protocols and write validation summary reports
  • Draft of new procedures, SOP’s and protocols as well as training of staff for these expectations
  • Perform process development studies for new and existing projects
  • Write summary reports to support the process development data
  • Write standard operations procedures, standard test procedures, master batch records and other related GMP documents



  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, chemical, manufacturing engineering or science related field
  • 1-3 years experience in engineering within a pharmaceutical manufacturing operation
  • Specific knowledge of cGMP, pharmaceutical manufacturing methods and engineering principles
  • Understanding of engineering fundamentals
  • Technical knowledge of processes/equipment/utilities (e.g. batches processing, tank, filtration, lyophilization, purified water system, HVAC, etc.)
  • Equipment Qualification and Validation IQ/OQ/PQ, SOPs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in a proactive and solutions-focused manner, including keeping management aware of potential issues
  • Ability to work independently and manage one’s time
  • Basic computer knowledge, including Microsoft Word and Excel (used daily)
  • Ability to communicate effectively and function well in a team environment
  • Ability to effectively organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment
  • Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve equipment problems.
  • Strong analytical math and problem solving skills
  • Proficient in reading schematics and diagrams as well as other written materials
  • High level of safety awareness



Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation and dedication, we're the right company for you. 




Base Salary Range: 


Process Engineer I: $68,000 - $94,000 (3-4 years exp)

Process Engineer II: $80,000 - $110,000 (5+ years exp)

Placement of new hires in these wage ranges is based on several factors including education, skill sets, experience, and training.


Total Rewards 


We offer all Team Members a total rewards package including competitive pay, annual performance bonus, a generous benefit package with comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision coverage, 401(k) plan with employer contribution, and paid vacation, personal and sick days. 


Corporate Social Responsibility 


Bachem takes responsibility for future generations by a careful handling of resources and avoiding environmental risks. We continually improve our ecological performance and develop and implement new approaches for enhancing employees’ environmental awareness.  EcoVadis has awarded Bachem Platinum Medal status in their assessment of Bachem. 


Bachem Americas is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status 

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