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What does it take to become a Process or Project Engineer with API experience?

Caroline O’Sullivan our consultant managing the role
Published on 4 February 2017

As a Process or Project Engineer, you will enjoy working within the ever-expanding pharmaceuticals industry on some of the biggest projects in the business. Your work will be autonomous and fast-paced, giving you the ability to really make your mark on what you do. We are currently seeing significant growth on the UK’s South Coast and in Scotland. Here’s what you need to know:

The pharmaceutical industry needs you

The pharmaceutical industry is a massive growth area for us and we often look for new engineers to take up contracts here.

On the South Coast and in Scotland we are always on the lookout for great Process and Project Engineers with API (active pharmaceutical ingredients) experience. Rules and regulations change so frequently within API and we have noticed a dramatic transformation within the past five years which means successful candidates do need to have really relevant recent experience.

If you’re adept in navigating design elements, new build and expansion projects within pharma API and have done so within the past few years then we might be able to help you.

Process Engineers and Project Engineers: What’s the difference?

From an outsider’s perspective, the Process and Project Engineer roles can appear to be quite similar. While the Project Engineer oversees the project, the Process Engineer will have a certain element of the project to supervise. They’ll work closely with the engineering house’s design team to ensure the design is aligned with the business requirements, eventually becoming more hands-on with commissioning and installation as the project progresses. They’re involved in more of the early-stage processes than Project Engineers are, however Project Engineers are more heavily involved in processes such as procuring equipment.

What does it take to stand out from other applicants?

We are really looking for those who have experience working on a full project in the last five years. Ideally, this will be within either an expansion project or a new build with an API product. People who have experience within different engineering disciplines, such as utilities, electrical, mechanical and facilities, may also be suited.

We also look for a degree of flexibility from contractors applying for these positions, particularly when it comes to locations. Our contracts can be anywhere within the UK or further afield, which presents an excellent opportunity for candidates who are keen to experience life in another corner of the country - or world.

What makes this a brilliant opportunity?

Typically, these contracts last for twelve months, which is ideal for contractors who want to sink their teeth into a major project and have a certain level of longevity. You will work for global pharmaceutical manufacturing organisations, providing you with brilliant experience on an international scale, and contribute to projects making major investments in the UK. You will work with new technologies in an autonomous environment with freedom to make the work your own.

Further opportunities

We are always looking for talented contractors to fill similar roles throughout the United Kingdom. The pharmaceutical industry is in particular need of people with API experience and we often see requests for candidates with secondary pharmaceutical expertise.

Both Process and Project Engineers are regularly sought after within this industry so if you are looking for your next career step and want to work with some of the best organisations in the industry, get in touch with us here.