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Reliability Engineer

Greenwood, SC
Start date
Feb 5, 2024

Job Details

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The Engineer, Reliability is responsible for improving the reliability of facilities and production equipment in support of a cGMP manufacturing site to maximize quality and productivity while minimizing costs.  This includes electrical distribution, large frame motors, chillers, pumps, HVAC systems, air compressors, production machines and related equipment.  The position will work with facilities, maintenance and production groups to meet the reliability and energy savings targets.  This position will also initiate, evaluate and manage process improvement, technical and capital projects. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining mechanical and electrical maintenance programs and calibration programs.


Key Responsibilities

  • Have a working knowledge of the electrical and mechanical job functions
  • Conceive, justify and implement improvement projects and capital projects focused on productivity, reliability, cost, safety, efficiency or management direction while utilizing internal or external resources
  • Understand and analyze technical data and utilize statistical process control
  • Troubleshoot mechanical, electrical and business issues
  • Work with others to coordinate mechanical activities and resources as needed
  • Create, maintain, and modify technical documents including work instructions
  • Provide technical support to other departments
  • Prepare equipment performance reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends and generate documents and graphs in MFG applications
  • Perform other duties as requested by management
  • Confirm system and component capabilities by designing testing methods
  • Ensures compliance to federal and state regulations with EHS, electrical code, etc.
  • Maintain mechanical and electrical maintenance and calibration programs through the use of the CMMS and other control systems.
  • Interacts with MTC, R&D, and CDOS to maintain global technical standards and provides feedback of new technologies. 
  • Drive cost improvements through reliability enhancements 
  • Must be able to work overtime – more than 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day
  • Attendance on plant site/office site is essential
  • Must be able to work weekends or holidays as business needs dictate
  • Perform projects to meet organizational needs
  • Initiates improvements within and between departments
  • Able to accept direction from supervision
  • Able to work in a fluid environment
  • Able to react quickly to changes in work demands and manage change
  • Support troubleshooting during critical problems by telephone or on-site after hours support.

Key Requirements

  • BS degree in Engineering, preferably mechanical or electrical, with at least 3 years engineering experience in a pharmaceutical environment or closely related industry
  • Indirect supervisory experience
  • Experience in process control and trouble shooting
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Work effectively in a team environment  and to work with different groups and prioritize organizational needs
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Ability to make decisions under time constraints
  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Ability to implement self-initiated improvement projects to obtain goals
  • Public speaking and presentation experience
  • Experience with SQC (statistical quality control) and DOE (design of experiment) preferred
  • Six sigma green belt or black belt preferred
  • Experience handling customer issues
  • Ability to analyze data via basic statistics
  • Experience in establishing reliability centered maintenance plans preferred
  • Familiarity of UL, NEC, NFPA and other national standards preferred
  • Experience with building and automation systems and maintenance management systems

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


Lonza is a preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech and nutrition markets. We work to enable a healthier world by supporting our customers to deliver new and innovative medicines that help treat a wide range of diseases. We achieve this by combining technological insight with world-class manufacturing, scientific expertise and process excellence. Our unparalleled breadth of offerings enables our customers to commercialize their discoveries and innovations in the healthcare industry.

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, today, Lonza operates across five continents. With more than 17,000 employees (full-time equivalent), we comprise high-performing teams and individual talent who make a meaningful difference to our own business, as well as to the communities in which we operate. The company generated sales of CHF 3 billion with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 987 million in H1 2022. Find out more at


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1978 W Winton Ave

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