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Director Maintenance and Reliability Engineering

Swiftwater, Pennsylvania



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Director Maintenance & Reliability Engineering

(Swiftwater, PA) The Director Maintenance & Reliability Engineering provides management and leadership for Antigen Maintenance, Utilities, and Reliability Engineering departments within Technical Services organization at Swiftwater site by directing the staff and processes to execute the Industrial Affairs (IA) and Technical Services vision.  This position ensures that the Technical Services Department provides continuous value to the Swiftwater site by establishing a proactive maintenance culture and executing engineering best practices in order to optimize the lifecycle of our site assets to deliver high industrial performance.  This position also ensures that the repair and preventative maintenance of the facility and its equipment, meets the regulatory requirements through maintenance design and execution, with the goal of minimal operational interruptions to our customers and that the Engineering teams provide the proper operational support through technical SME’s and the execution of projects to meet the business needs of the site. 

The Director Maintenance & Reliability Engineering is responsible for the operating expense budget of approximately $20M.  This is accomplished through the management of approximately 11 direct reports and 50 indirect reports.  Decisions made by the Technical Services Leader have the potential to impact the business by interrupting GMP manufacturing and losing millions of dollars of lost production revenue each day. There is a $165,000 approval authority for expenditures and the authority to hire the required resources to get the requested work completed while staying within budget.   

Key Accountabilities:

Accountable for 24/7 support for Antigen and Utilities Maintenance and site wide Reliability in collaboration with the Technical Services Leadership Team.

*Ensure the implementation of Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Corrective Maintenance of facilities and equipment across the site.

*Communicating with End Users to manage the Maintenance Budget and prioritize workload.

*Ensure the implementation of proactive maintenance strategies for reliable manufacturing equipment operation.

*Ensure the implementation of Engineering and Maintenance Best Practices across the site.

*Drives equipment lifecycle for the site by implementing best in class reliability practices. 

*Ensure efficient and effective operation by creating a proactive environment, developing & monitoring metrics, and communicating with End Users to add increased value to the business. 

*Participate as a key member of the Technical Services Leadership Team (TSLT) by cooperating cross functionally to achieve the Technical Services priorities to support the site performance.  Ensure that the people in Technical Services understand the shared accountability for Goals and Priorities with Operations.

*Manage headcount and expenses for the departments to achieve site objectives and meet budget expectations. Ensure projects are delivered at cost on time.

*In cooperation with the Site Technical Services Leadership Team, develop the strategic vision for the platform and execute that vision, by providing leadership and direction of its personnel, tracking regulatory changes, understanding department responsibilities, and then adjusting the operation accordingly. 

*Responsible for identifying and delivering equipment lifecycle projects for the site and supporting large capital investments and project prioritization process. 

*Builds and maintains a high performing team, provides effective alignment and communication with functional groups at the site while successfully delivering maintenance, reliability and automation commitments

*Work with department teams to ensure success and encourage collaboration and networking across all functions.

*Lead the department as a "Change Agent" to make a change in culture that includes developing a manufacturing centric organization and increasing management presence (both people managers and support roles) on the shop floor.

*Provide leadership and direction to a team of engineering and maintenance professionals and help in resolution of problems or introduction of changes in their respective areas

*Provide to employees career development and training advice and set short / long term goals

Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and good documentation practices are followed to track all work and make data analysis efficient.

*Drive reduction in deviations by increasing awareness of cGMP practices and compliance requirements.

*Ensure Root Cause Failure Analyses are performed and corrective actions are implemented to prevent repeat equipment and procedural deviations.

Develop a strong Safety Culture that encourages taking the right amount of time to perform each task safely.

*Responsible for engaging, investigating and correcting any non-compliant practices or behaviors to ensure highest safety standards are maintained.

*Accountable for energy related activities in Technical Services and the management of energy related projects.

Basic Qualification

*BS or MS in an Engineering discipline

*10+ years experience in a large-scale regulated manufacturing company with an emphasis in the areas of manufacturing maintenance, reliability, engineering, and project management. 

*5+ years experience in a management position of Maintenance and Engineering personnel with increasing levels of responsibility and a good understanding of all trades, current best practices, GMP/GLP, and common issues addressed by Maintenance and Engineering. 

*5+ years of Reliability Engineering Experience

* Less than 5% Travel

Preferred Qualification

*10+ Years’ Experience in a large-scale Biotech or Pharmaceutical with an emphasis in the areas of manufacturing maintenance, reliability, engineering, and project management. 

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