Principal Engineer

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Do you have a solid background in Engineering? Are you familiar with sophisticated pilot plants in Pharma? Do you love to combine your technical knowledge with your interpersonal and analytical skills? Ever experienced the joy to work with upscaling and fine tuning of formulation and processes which result in successful clinical manufacturing of new drug products?

And last but not least, always wanted to work a dynamic and growing pharma company that serves patients in a reliable and dynamic work environment?

Looking for a new challenge in which you can combine all of the above? Then don’t look further, this is the right opportunity for you!

Job profile

  • Analyze process and project requirements into technical recommendations and share knowledge in the organization: you act as the “go to” person for questions and problems. Keep your knowledge up to date by training, peer learning, networking… and build relationships with suppliers and partners;
  • Co-lead the team of external engineers through onboarding and coaching, ensuring that business processes are followed and work on improvements and pro-actively manage resources. Have a close connect with partners on progress and priorities;
  • Project Management of multidisciplinary teams and with end-to-end accountability. This includes defining to the project scope, team, planning and budget; writing of technical specs and leading the tendering process; supervising commissioning and construction in the field; leading the qualification process and coordinate risk assessments;
  • Spokesperson for equipment qualification by inspections and approval of qualification documents and systems;
  • Lead and support specific strategic investments through feasibility studies, capacity analysis, technology screening and strategic project management.


  • Master’s degree in Engineering and proven experience in Pharmaceuticals engineering with a minimum of 8 years;
  • Profound knowledge of Solids equipment: feeders, blenders, spray dryers, granulators, tablet presses;
  • Able to lead a team demonstrating strong organization, prioritization and communication skills;
  • Consistent track record in project delivery (budget, timelines & project objectives) – experience with FPX methodology or equivalent project management tools;
  • Full understanding of GMP in equipment design, machine directive, ATEX regulations, PED, piping standards, risk analysis methods (HAZOP, FMEA);
  • Good basic knowledge of automation systems like PLC and DCS including Data Integrity aspects;
  • Good in developing relationships with the ability to build partnerships and collaborate both internally and externally;
  • Dutch – native or bilingual;
  • English – full professional proficiency;
  • Advanced in MS project and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, …)


  • An exciting position in an international and dynamic environment with continuous learning and growth opportunities;
  • Working on a site that harbors all aspects of the drug discovery and development process;
  • A competitive salary, on-site sport accommodations, health/energy programs and other benefits for you and your family;
  • An inclusive team environment where diversity and different opinions are respected and valued, and the importance of a good work-life balance is recognized.


Techniek & Engineering

Contact Person

J Zandvoort
T: +31 6 1001 6173

27-09-2022 Independent Mobility
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Jan-Willem van Zandvoort
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Match criteria
  • Farmaceutical
  • Health Care
  • Utiliteit / Installatietechniek
  • Automotive
  • Chemical / Petrol Industry
  • Industrie
  • Machinebouw
  • Maritiem
  • International
Education level
  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • Permanent
Salary Indication
  • 7000 - 8000
  • 6000 - 7000
  • 5000 - 6000
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