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Reliability and Lifecycle Engineer

Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Devens, Massachusetts
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those arent words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. Youll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.

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The primary role of the Reliability and Lifecycle Engineer is to execute the systems and asset lifecycle strategy, to ensure high reliability of assets, minimizing downtime and maximizing production capabilities. The position requires a responsible, safety conscious, self-motivated individual that supports all phase of systems and assets existence to include system conception, design, development, construction, qualification, operation, verification, maintenance and support, and retirement/disposal.


  • Develop new systems, practices, policies, and procedures pertaining to maintenance and operations activities to enhance the performance of the business and establish a continuously improving philosophy in reliability.

  • Ensure new designs and modifications incorporate reliability, availability, maintainability, operability, safety, and life cycle costing reviews and participates in the development of design and installation specifications along with commissioning/qualification plans.

  • Supports the development of acceptance test and inspection criteria and participates in the final check out of new installations, which includes factory and site acceptance testing that will assure adherence to functional specifications.

  • Establish equipment criticality ranking and apply maintenance philosophies to develop a robust systems lifecycle strategy.

  • Monitor and analyze system failures to increase reliability and reduce life cycle costs.

  • Develop and generate key performance indicators to monitor and optimize systems lifecycle.

  • Drive a reliability program focused on Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) or Predictive Maintenance (PdM, CAL & EM), i.e. laser alignment, thermography, oil analysis, vibration monitoring, ultrasound and the appropriate alarm levels.

  • Drive timely proactive action (CO) at early stages of failures as identified by our CBM and PdM program.

  • Lead Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) exercises in conjunction with System Owners, Asset Management, Manufacturing Operations and Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) to optimize lifecycle strategy.

  • Determine equipment to be monitored and establish the reliability program for predictive maintenance technologies, i.e. laser alignment, thermography, oil analysis, vibration monitoring, ultrasound and the appropriate alarm levels.

  • Develop asset investment plan and drive execution. Ensure compliance to regulatory, GMP, safety and environmental requirements.

  • Support the creation and modification of documentation to support maintenance and calibration activities (Maximo Job Plans, Data Sheets, Work Instructions).

  • Support compliance efforts related to Quality Events, CAPA, change management and contamination investigations.

  • Perform Root Cause Failure Analysis on equipment failures, to increase reliability and reduce life cycle costs.

  • Work closely with Planning & Scheduling to schedule, oversee job assignments, and lead PdM contract technicians from a technical perspective.

  • Participates in the development of criteria for and evaluation of equipment and technical MRO supplier and technical maintenance service providers.

  • Provide input for departmental budget by allocating expenses bases on site strategies and business units priorities, while assuring compliance and guarding against budget over runs.

Knowledge & Skill

  • B.S. in Engineering (Reliability or Mechanical preferred)

  • Experienced in maintenance and reliability of equipment in the manufacturing industry.

  • The individual should have the ability to manage and organize complex technical projects and familiarity with the manufacturing operations of large-scale production facilities as well as GMP experience.

  • Strong knowledge of preventive, predictive maintenance processes and practices to improve equipment reliability.

  • Knowledge of regulatory, environmental, GMP requirements along with knowledge of manufacturing facilities, utility operations, building maintenance operations.

  • Expertise with typical biopharmaceutical upstream and downstream processing and support equipment including but not limited to scale up and large-scale bioreactors, filtration and ultra-filtration, CIP, SIP, centrifugation, chromatography, autoclaves, and glass washers.

  • Knowledge of RCM, CMMS (Maximo preferred) and PdM technology software.

  • Effective in both a team environment and as an individual contributor role.

  • Knowledgeable in engineering principles related to instrumentation in a Biopharmaceutical process troubleshooting.

  • Available for up to 25% percent travel, which is likely to occur during future startup operations.

  • Ability to work extended hours or a modified work schedule as required for coverage of startup activities for future projects and support of ongoing 24/7 operations.


If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesnt perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as Transforming patients lives through science , every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol
Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS cares about your well-being and the well-being of our staff, customers, patients, and communities. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and keep up to date with Covid-19 boosters.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

Any data processed in connection with role applications will be treated in accordance with applicable data privacy policies and regulations.


Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we believe in the power of science to address some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our focus on these unmet needs comes during a remarkable time, when unprecedented scientific breakthroughs are advancing the treatment of disease as never before in human history.

We work every day to transform patients’ lives through science. Each day, our employees around the world work together for patients – they are at the center of everything we do. They inspire us. They are the reason we come to work each day.

We combine the agility of a biotech with the reach and resources of an established pharmaceutical company to create a global leading biopharma company powered by talented individuals who drive scientific innovation.

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