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Upstream Process Specialist

Ref: 78545

  • 45,000-62,000
  • 03 Feb 2023
  • Cork (Centre)
  • Permanent

Upstream Process Specialist

About the Company

This company is a world leader in the Food industry and this role will play an important role at one of their key manufacturing sites here in Ireland.

About the Position

As part of the Process Sciences department you will be responsible for the following main functions: Supporting manufacturing operations by assisting with investigations and performing technical evaluations. Also, conducting pilot scale upstream/downstream development studies to assess process quality and performance. You will work closely with the Process Science Manager to successfully deliver projects within time, schedule and budget.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for supporting scientific investigations related to upstream unit operations of enzyme manufacturing processes.
  • You will be responsible for preparing the seed train and provide inoculum (starter culture) to the production plant.
  • You will work with a team of technologist, production staff and support all activities to assure that scientific investigations are planned and coordinated cross-functionally and executed effectively.
  • You will co-ordinate with project leads & R&D department to ensure new fermentation process are scaled up.
  • Improve upstream process efficiency by using six sigma tools and lead the optimization for various parameters in upstream processes such as media and feed strategies, cell culture scale up and primary recovery processes.
  • Liaise with site functions – logistics, planning, QA, QC, Operations and Regulatory Affairs to support the process transfers
  • Lead major process investigations as requested and support the implementation of CAPAs. Provide technical training on process and technology areas as required by the project.
  • Presents experimental results/ new projects at department meetings.
  • Take lead on HACCP review meetings.
  • Interact with external CMO/CDMOs, vendors, and partners and assist in technology transfer.


  • Minimum of a B.Sc., B.E. or M.Sc./M.Eng. Degree in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Process Engineering or equivalent; equivalent defined as a Biotechnology or Industrial Chemistry Degree with a large element of biotechnology in the curriculum.
  • 3-5 years of experience on a Manufacturing site
  • Extended and proven work experience in Biotechnology/ Food /Pharma.
  • Significant expertise with Microbial Fermentation (Yeast, Bacterial and Fungal)
  • Lean Six Sigma certification would be an advantage.
  • Interpersonal and facilitation skills necessary to interface with and influence all levels of the organisation with the ability to lead people and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Proven problem-solving ability, project management skills, including leading cross functional teams and balancing multiple project assignments.
  • GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) work experience is preferred.
  • In order to be considered for this position, the candidate must be flexible, as he or she may be required to work outside of normal business hours.

Remuneration Package

A strong salary and benefits package is on offer for the right candidate.
For more information on the role or any other Engineering or Life Sciences roles call Nigel on 087 3618142 or email me or click the apply button below.

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