Graduate Engineer

  • Job Reference: 00000860-1
  • Date Posted: 21 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Pfizer
  • Location: Sandwich
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description



The GWS (Global Workplace Solutions) Engineering and Laboratory Support team provides support for the
Pfizer Small Molecule clinical portfolio in the manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) at
the Sandwich UK Pilot Plant, and Oral Solid Dose Manufacturing plus supporting laboratories for new and
emerging pharmaceuticals used in clinical trials across a range of therapeutic areas.
Our team is responsible for the installation, continuous improvement and maintenance of pharmaceutical
equipment, facilities, and laboratory assets. These include state of the art equipment such as batch
reactors, continuous manufacturing processes, tablet manufacturing equipment, utilities, HVAC (Heating
Ventilation Air Conditioning) systems and laboratory equipment including liquid and gas chromatography
mass spectrometers and high tech automated high throughput screening.
You will join and work closely with an experienced team of highly motivated engineers and support staff,
as well as working in partnership with contract service providers.
There is also a great opportunity for progression within our team as Engineering Management and
Engineer succession and/or future leadership opportunities as well as continuous development
opportunities aimed at advancing your knowledge and experience complementing your existing
In this highly regulated industry, you will need to conduct all activities in accordance with regulations and
standards set by the Pharmaceutical and Environmental, Health & Safety regulatory bodies as well as
maintaining Good Manufacturing Practices.

You will have the exciting and varied opportunity to work across multiple manufacturing areas including
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Synthesis, Oral Solid Dose Manufacture, and the supporting laboratories.
You will be designated as the project lead for minor projects up to £250K designed to improve equipment,
manufacturing process capability, reliability, and compliance plus supporting senior engineers with major
projects up to £10M.
The role will offer opportunities to liaise with external partner organisations as well as other Pfizer sites.

The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to develop further their university knowledge
and experience in a highly regulated industry.
These will include:
 The opportunity to draw on the skills and knowledge of a vastly experienced team of engineers
with varying specialisms.
 Continuous Improvement
 Project management skills including:
o Awareness of budgets, cost benefit analysis, development, and management of cost
o Investigation, scoping, costing, business case development, capital funding approvals
and change control.
o Managing the often, conflicting needs of different key stakeholders.
o Managing suppliers and contractors to deliver projects safely, on time, and within budget.
 Report writing at key project milestones to ensure clear and concise communication to
management and stakeholders.
 European and UK Environmental Health and Safety Regulations used extensively across industry,
including the application of risk assessments, method statements and change controls.
 Gain an understanding of how an adaptable and efficient engineering team prioritise and schedule
work as well as day to day operations to meet objectives inside a challenging industry.
 Establish a strong professional network within the pharmaceutical industry.
 Critical thinking in an interdisciplinary environment.
 Engineering Management and Engineer succession.
 Future leadership opportunities.
 Continuous development opportunities aimed at advancing your knowledge and experience
complementing your existing qualifications.

You will work with the highly skilled engineering team and customer groups to identify potential
improvement projects and drive these to completion. You will lead multiple projects in addition to being
involved in the plan, design, and implementation stages of others, liaising with external suppliers, and
using your engineering expertise.
Other responsibilities will include:
 Understand company requirements and create specifications and designs for the engineering
 Review and update engineering procedures and processes
 Ensure maintenance requirements are fully catered for including training, spare part supply, and
maintenance schedules
 Carry out Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) to address and resolve repeat failures & provide
engineering expertise to troubleshoot problems and provide solutions

 Optimisation studies to define value adding maintenance strategies
 Contractor management and supervision to deliver projects on time and on budget
 Partner with the Discovery Park engineering team to ensure agreed service level agreements
are met
 Producing drawings with AutoCAD to support projects
 Helping to oversee the sites energy management, including monitoring the sites energy
consumption, working with the site landlord to identify opportunities for energy savings and
evaluating different engineering projects impact on energy consumption.

Qualifications: Applicant is expected to have the qualifications and experience below plus have the right
to work in the UK
A graduate Engineering degree, either in mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering that included a
placement or demonstrating professional work experience.
Applicants must be motivated and possess a strong work ethic, the ability to meet deadlines and to take
ownership of projects as well as being an open, honest and an ethical person, with excellent attention to
Other personality traits such as being a self-starter able to operate with the minimum of supervision and
possesses excellent communication skills would be advantageous.
The ideal candidate will have excellent technical ability and knowledge as well as strong interpersonal
skills. They should be capable of applying their university qualifications, work experience and
understanding to real life applications as well as showing a willingness to continue learning.
Knowledge of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) as it relates to manufacturing operations and GLP
(Good Laboratory Practice) would be advantageous
You must have the right to work in the UK as for this position, we are unable to provide sponsorship

Closing Statement
The closing deadline for applications is 14th August 2022
Apply -

We will only accept applications from colleagues via the formal route within Workday. Please do not submit
paper or e-mail applications.
In line with good development planning, colleagues should discuss their suitability and/or readiness for a
vacancy with their line manager prior to application. Colleagues are required to inform their manager if they
are invited to attend interview. Where a line manager is not able to support an application either for
suitability, readiness or business reasons, and a colleague continues to make an application, it is possible that
an offer may not be made or may be withdrawn.
Applications not received by the closing date will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and will
require the support of your senior management team.
All applicants must have the relevant authorisation to live and work in the UK.