Commissioning Engineer

  • Location: Geel
  • Type: Contracting
  • Job #18348

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Jefferson Wells Life Sciences specializes in supporting pharma & biotech companies in their daily challenges. Hence our interest in experts like you to pass our team. 

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Commissioning Engineer

The Commissioning Engineer will be responsible for the commissioning of designated systems (both utility and process). The role will involve guiding a small team, as well as part of the larger ICV organization and engaging with various groups including design, construction, manufacturing, quality & engineering for the project.
Location: Geel

Scope of work:

The role of the commissioning engineer will be one of direct responsibility, on behalf of our client, for the successful commissioning of defined systems. (incl. loop checks and passivation, where applicable).

Reporting to the Commissioning Lead or manager, the role of the commissioning engineer will be as follows:

  • Write, review and approve commissioning & qualification protocols and reports, as well as execute protocols.
  • Work together with a small team of start-up personnel (incl. engineers, mechanical craft persons, E&I technicians, vendors etc.) and sometimes alone, to successfully execute start-up activities safely and to a high quality, based on the overall ICV schedule, for assigned systems.
  • Familiarize oneself with all elements of the process & utility design for assigned systems. This to be achieved through documentation & drawing review with the engineering company (JE), Construction Management Team & internal team members.
  • Engage with the Construction Management Team & internal Construction team to review and approve the field installation (as per design) at Mechanical Completion. (P&ID Walk Downs)
  • Perform commissioning in a GMP biotech manufacturing facility
  • Provide technical assistance to less experienced technicians/engineers.
  • Review/approve commissioning documentation (e.g. vendor test documentation) for assigned systems
  • Resolve protocol discrepancies and deviations.
  • Generate, review and approve deviations
  • Report & follow up on deviations, solving technical problems
  • Participate in risk assessments
  • Perform change control assessment
  • Follow-up of changes via the applicable project change control procedure
  • Follow up on changes in own domain and communicate them to the relevant functions
  • Overseeing activities performed by third parties
  • Engage with technical support functions (e.g. process, automation etc.) to resolve issues quickly as they arise through commissioning execution.
  • Report on progress – frequency as per requested by Commissioning Lead.
  • Train operations personnel in system operations.

Who are you?


  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a process or start-up role in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and technical skills.
  • Capability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills are required.
  • Strong Quality & Safety focus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office incl. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Visio.
  • Capable of leading teams to deliver results, including project management and KPI reporting
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills to support interactions with senior leadership and inspectors.
  • Knowledge of cGMP in a regulated environment
  • Knowledge of English is a must, knowledge of Dutch is a plus.


Nice to have

  • Familiarity with applicable regulatory compliance requirements for biotech operations incl. area classifications etc.
  • Ability to read/interpret engineering drawings and design documents.
  • Management of medium to large size projects.
  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of process & clean utility design
  • Knowledge of Validation Lifecycle Approach.
  • Strong mentoring and development experience.
  • Must be able to establish strong working relationships with stakeholders (Quality, Manufacturing and MSAT) to ensure high quality deliverables meeting CGMP and site quality requirements.
  • Understanding of Validation using risk-based approach
  • Demonstrated success working across organizations in highly cross-functional team environment.
  • Degree of Masters Qualification in Science or Engineering is a plus.
  • Experience with the Kneat application is a plus
  • Knowledge of (use) DeltaV / BMS is a plus
  • Valid VCA or equivalent is a must, valid VOL VCA or equivalent is a plus


What can Jefferson Wells do for you?

As an ambassador you have the opportunity to grow within international companies where you can build a strong network. Through a personal follow-up, you receive quality support in every step that you accommodate. Finally, you enjoy the opportunity to develop yourself personally and professionally through internal training and education. 

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