Jacobs Lead Design Pharmaceutical Process Engineer in Cork, Ireland

Lead Design Pharmaceutical Process Engineer


JACOBS is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical and management services. We offer a full-spectrum of consultancy support to commercial, government and industrial clients across many sectors.

The Ireland Operations boast an extensive portfolio spanning all industry sectors from BioPharma/Pharma, to Oil and Gas, Semiconductors and Infrastructure.

Position Summary

Under general supervision develops basic engineering designs and specifications on assigned contract; provides process data to environmental groups, reviews and approves equipment RFQ’s, bid tabulations and vendor data; assists in process field work. Acts as area engineer and/or may be assigned equipment or technical study responsibilities under general supervision.

Proposal Activities:

  • Assists in proposal activities to ensure that Process Engineering scope is correctly addressed.

  • Assists in developing process design data for the proposal.

  • Assists in identifying previous related jobs and/or designs.

Budgeting / Scheduling:

  • Follows and maintains established schedule for the assigned area.

  • Contributes to “needs/alert lists” to keep PM advised of items which could adversely affect the schedule.

  • Maintains work output to match schedule requirements.

  • Is able to adjust short term priorities to meet overall schedule requirements.

Process Design Basis

  • Applies process design criteria, guidelines and contract requirements to process design work.

  • May be responsible for interacting with licensors, including establishing design basis and licensor evaluation.

  • Applies process design criteria and guidelines to all phases of process engineering.

Flow Diagrams

  • Prepares flow diagrams and participates in flow diagram reviews.

  • Understands the importance of the flow diagram as a communication tool to other disciplines.

  • Is able to prepare and review flow diagrams with total information to correspond to the flow sequence, operability and the safety of the unit/system.

  • Answers questions, with confidence, from other disciplines and clients as to the requirement/function of each item on the flow sheet.

  • Back checks, updates, and ensures consistency with related design documents such as specification sheets and with other units.

  • Prepares and reviews metallurgy flow diagrams.

Equipment Datasheets

  • Prepares process and utility equipment specification sheets. May be responsible for design of a system or a complete unit.

  • Understands importance of the equipment specification sheet as a communication tool with other disciplines.

  • Prepares equipment duty specifications for all equipment including complex equipment such as reactors.

  • Prepares detail design specification for all equipment.

  • Reviews input from other disciplines for compatibility with process design for all

  • equipment.

Control Philosophy

  • Prepares instrumentation process data. Assists in establishing control philosophy for relatively complex control systems to meet process objectives, including safety.

  • Prepares control valves process data, relief valve data, analyzer data.

  • Interprets control philosophy of relatively complex control systems.

  • Reviews control systems specification sheets for consistency with process data

  • Reviews logic diagrams for relatively simple loops.

  • Evaluates alternative control strategies to meet process objectives.


  • Performs specifications/calculations and technical studies.

  • Completes conceptual developments of a major system and performs all necessary calculations for process design of systems and equipment within the assigned area.

  • Performs relatively complex technical studies under general supervision.

  • Ensures that calculations are legible, well organized, correctly references as to equipment/system, dated and signed.

Equip Selection/Review

  • Reviews and approves equipment bid tabulations and vendor data.

  • Expeditiously reviews equipment requests for quotes, purchase requests, bid tabulations and vendor data for conformance to specifications, process compatibility, safety and operability.

  • Ensures consistency of vendor data with other design documents such as flow diagrams, area classifications drawings, utility summaries, etc


  • Develops environmental requirements and provides process data to environmental groups.

  • Works with other groups as necessary to define the environmental requirements for a project.

  • Provides timely and correct process data (emission quantities, compositions, conditions) to environmental groups as requested.

  • Ensures that the process design is in accordance with the environmental requirements.

Plant Safety/Operability

  • Responsible for performing various process engineering work functions in a manner that will provide a safe and operable plant

  • Understands obligations and authority to make appropriate design decisions necessary for plant safety and operability.

  • Identifies potentially lethal/toxic substances and designs the systems handling those substances in accordance with established Jacobs/Client procedures.

  • Reviews the unit/plant layout for unsafe piping/equipment arrangement and for adequate access to critical valves.

  • Assists in specification of any required safety systems (eye-washers, safety-showers, gas detectors, etc).

Operating Manual

  • Assists in the production of plant operating manuals. May assume overall responsibility for manuals relatively less complex units.

  • Understands and applies guidelines developed by others regarding the required contents of the operating manuals.

  • Writes assigned sections of the manuals for complex units or writes complete manuals for less complex units. The manuals should be technically correct, complete and clearly written.

Field Work

  • Assists in process field work.

  • Shows a willingness to accept field assignments to fulfill project requirements (personal circumstances permitting).

  • Performs, under general supervision, a plant checkout as required to ensure flow diagrams and designs have been correctly implemented and all tie-in correctly located.

  • Assists, under general supervision, in operator training programs as required.

  • Assists, under general supervision, in plant start-up and /or plant performance testing as required.

  • Assists, under general supervision, in writing of the Process Final Job Report.

  • Becomes knowledgeable of, and adapts to the construction/operation environment.

Standards and Procedures

  • Assists in developing and upgrading process engineering standards and procedures.

  • Provides assistance in developing and upgrading process engineering standards and procedures in a thorough and timely manner and in conformance with departmental objectives and budgets.

  • Understands and implements the basic process engineering, project and Division standards and procedures in work assignments.


  • Implements training and development of engineers under supervision.

  • Attends training programs as requested and understands the principles given.

  • Develops subordinates through inclusion in technical meetings within the task force and with the client and vendors.

  • Properly delegates work and devotes ample time to answer questions and discussions of work assignments.

  • Maintains and increases associates’ technical knowledge by circulating technical data.

  • As assigned, conducts training on advanced technical aspects of process engineering and administrative procedures.

  • Participates in formal and “on the job” training of personnel from other departments.

Other Duties

  • Responsible for performing other work assignments as required by the supervisor.

  • Understands and meets the requirements of the assignment.


  • The basic requirement is a chemical engineering degree.

  • The successful candidate will have design experience of Biotechnology, Small Molecule API Synthesis , Fill Finish, Oral Dosage' Facility Design and Operation mainly gained within an engineering design office

  • Active membership in a professional body, such as the IChemE, ISPE, PDA, EI, etc. is expected as a demonstration of self-development and professional qualification

  • Chartered Engineer

  • Ability to work on own initiative and to strict deadlines

  • Organized and adaptable with a flexible approach to Design experience

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Primary Location Ireland-Ireland Countrywide-Cork

Other Locations Ireland-Ireland Countrywide-Dublin

Req ID: LS 00009H