Senior Project Engineer, Section Manager

Worcester, Massachusetts
Jul 24, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Abbvie Bioresearch Center in Worcester, MA is seeking a senior project engineering section manager to be part of the Project Engineering group.  The selected candidate will provide direct supervision and technical leadership to a group of staff engineers, and is responsible for performance management, growth and development of staff.  The candidate will also be responsible for the management and execution of capital projects involving the installation and/or renovation of biopharmaceutical process equipment, facilities, and utilities in an FDA/GMP regulated environment. 

Responsible for the supervision of project engineering team and management of capital projects involving biologics related equipment, facilities, and utilities, including the following:

  • Project Engineer Responsibilities include:
    • Independently plans and conducts medium to large size assigned projects requiring conventional types of plans, investigations, and/or equipment. Manages multiple, often concurrent, projects and meets deadlines. Balances multiple demands.
    • Providing overall management of capital projects through the entire project life cycle including scope management, scheduling, budgeting and coordinating activities interdepartmentally and with contractors.
    • Create comprehensive project plans, budgets, and strategies for assigned projects and translate project plans into measurable actions and execute against local plant procedures and processes.
    • Anticipates and addresses progress roadblocks, escalating when appropriate; proactively drives development of contingency and or risk-mitigation plans.
    • Project scope development based on customer requirements, cost estimation, request of capital expenditure and preparation of financial defense package, scheduling, resource allocation, vendor and contractor management, and status reporting.
    • Conducting design review including specifications, procurement, fabrication management, and installation of equipment, facilities, and utilities related to the manufacture of biologics bulk drug substance including basic unit operations involving fermentation, cell culture and protein purification and related equipment. 
    • Managing validation activities of equipment, facilities, and utilities to ensure the system is installed as designed, operates within the design parameters, and can perform as designed to produce the intended product or environment.   
  • Supervisor Responsibilities include:
    • Provides strong leadership to the department in the coordination and execution of engineering activities while meeting AbbVie Operations and Quality needs
    • Perform all Performance Excellence responsibilities in support of the department / team including setting expectations, feedback & incentives and development.
    • Assign projects to team and oversee progress while providing guidance and direction and ensuring adherence to Abbvie specifications and standards.






  • BS in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of 6+ years of significant engineering and/or operational experience is required. 


  • A background in biopharmaceutical manufacturing and/or biologics equipment operation/troubleshooting is strongly preferred. 
  • PMP certification an advantage.
  • Possess a strong technical knowledge of GMP manufacturing facilities, equipment, and utilities and application of concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Works on problems of complex scope where analysis of situations or data involves multiple competing factors.
  • Demonstrates judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.
  • Strong oral/written communication skills; ability to listen to and apply feedback from a variety of stakeholders.
  • Strong problem identification, analysis, and solution development skills. 
  • Effective planning, workload management, and organizational skill and the ability to manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Teamwork, leadership, and the ability to maintain constructive relationships with personnel from various disciplines at all levels in the organization are desired competencies.

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