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CAPEX Project Engineer

Portsmouth, NH
Start date
Apr 1, 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 CAPEX Project Engineer role supports ongoing Lonza operations through the management of capital projects. The engineer is responsible to ensure that equipment and facilities are designed and constructed to meet operational needs.  Responsibilities of the role include implementation of engineering projects to support site and manufacturing requirements. CAPEX project engineer is responsible for scope, schedule and budget of assigned projects. 

Key Responsibilities

Site Project Manager

  • Execute all aspects of project scoping, initiation, execution, and closeout
  • Provide project leadership using engineering principles to support design and scope for of wide range of scales:
    • Strategic site CAPEX projects
    • Recapitalization projects
    • Customer Tech Transfers
  • Planning, leading and execution of plant projects involving complex equipment changes and significant process improvements
  • Plan, execute and lead commissioning protocols (installation, operation, CIP/SIP, wet testing)
  • Own change requests and complete change request tasks to support project completion
  • Develop innovative solutions to facilitate the successful implementation of current and future projects in a world class cGMP compliant bioprocess production facility.
  • Responsible for identifying, managing and prioritizing own work load effectively with minimal supervision.

Contractor Management

  • Manage site CAPEX engineering contractors to augment Lonza engineering staff
  • Manage site CAPEX construction contractors based on project scope
  • Conduct regular check-ins with contractors to validate progress on work objectives
  • Assign work to contractors and prioritize work based on business needs and impact to quality and safety.
  • Guide contractors through technical project and engineering challenges and escalation of issues
  • Accountable for technical work of contractors


  • Process eCAR and Lump Sum initiation and closure documents and SharePoint forms
  • Complete engineering review/approval of commissioning protocols and validation protocols
  • Initiate EDCRs for updates to Engineering documents including engineering drawings


  • Remain up to date on all assigned training activities including Cornerstone Learning Portal (>90%), ComplianceWire (no overdue), iComply (no overdue), and QSMRT (attend all sessions)

Perform other duties as assigned.

Key requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in the field of Engineering
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite with focus on Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Ability to effectively communicate via writing and oral communication at all levels to both internal and external customers.  Express ideas effectively in individual and group situations (including non-verbal communication).  Ability to communicate to internal and external personnel and to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical people.  Ability and willingness to express opinions and argue their basis.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects (3-5) simultaneously, keeping track of costs and schedule and ensuring compliance with quality and safety standards.  Use organizational skills to prioritize and resolve project issues.  Ability to evaluate solutions and recommend action based on meeting scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Ability to develop alternative courses of action that are based on logical assumptions, factual data and engineering principles.  The alternate actions take into consideration resources (financial and manpower), constraints and organizational priorities. 
  • A good understanding of design principles and standards within Bio-pharmaceutical facilities. Ability to look at plant problems and come up with options for solutions. Understands how other departments are impacted by engineering work and proactively communicates with other departments to feed into resource planning for those departments.
  • Ability to accomplish tasks through concern for all areas involved.  Demonstrating the proper level of detail for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes, data and tasks; and maintaining watchfulness over a period of time.
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external teams or those outside formal line of authority (e.g. peers, senior managers) to accomplish project goals.  Take actions that respect the needs and contributions of others; contributing to and accepting the consensus; subordinating own objectives to the objectives of the project team. 
  • Ability to establish a project plan that outlines the course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal.  Monitor the activities of consultants, vendors and contractors and internal staff to insure that resources are allocated properly in order to achieve project goals.  Understands Lonza’s business systems and is proficient at working within those systems to achieve goals.

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 it is 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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