Sr. Facilities Engineer

Technical Operations San Diego, CA


About Pacira
Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. Our in-depth knowledge of non-opioid pain management, coupled with our passion for advancing patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results.

Why work with us?
Rarely do you have an opportunity to do work that really matters. What drives us is our mission. What makes us successful are our people.  At Pacira, you are part of an inclusive culture that fosters collaboration, growth, and innovative thinking - a place where you can make an impact and help change the standard of care in non-opioid pain management. Be part of our movement, let’s pursue excellence together.                                                                                                        

The successful Senior Facilities Engineer will be responsible for providing technical support to Facilities Maintenance, Manufacturing, Automation, Supply Operations, Product Development, and Quality.  This position will focus on leading projects for improving and optimizing plant operations through implementation of utility and plant upgrades, capacity expansion, and implementation of new technology.   The position requires a passion for data analysis using world class historians and building/utility control systems for investigations into plant operation abnormalities/optimization and failure troubleshooting.  This position will be responsible for leading capital facilities improvement projects from concept to implementation.  Knowledge of cGMPs and GMP manufacturing is essential.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise external consulting engineers; provide facility equipment and utilities overview and review drawings and documents produced by these groups.
  2. Review and provide input on facility systems, equipment, and process utilities designs of new and existing manufacturing facility projects. This includes design drawings such as P&IDs detailing line sizing, instrumentation and control philosophies and project specifications. 
  3. Research and draft expense costs and capital project budgets and timelines of each for inclusion in site planning. Execute project against approved budget and timeline.
  4. On small projects directly contract and supervise sub-contracting trades in the design and installation of facility and clean utility systems.
  5. On large project interact with a General Contractor supporting on design, build out, and startup of facility and clean utility systems.
  6. Serve as BMS (Building Management System) SME (Subject Matter Expert). Use this expertise to lead technical troubleshooting and investigations for HVAC and other plant control issues, including differential pressure balance and temperature control.  This roll requires close collaboration with maintenance, operations, and quality departments.
  7. Maintain facilities departmental GMP compliance by leading technical troubleshooting and write up of facilities department investigations, deviations, and CAPAs managed through the Master Control Software System.
  8. Author new and update existing controlled drawings and SOPs as required by engineering projects, CAPAs, and corrections identified during maintenance and general system walk downs.
  9. Interact with vendors and participate in the vendor selection process. Review and approve vendor information packages, including drawings and specifications and proposals.  Perform factory inspections of vendor-supplied equipment, to ensure the construction and performance meets specifications.
  10. Act as SME on selected utility systems, based on incumbents past history.
  11. Assess current facility equipment and utilities, recommend and execute changes to optimize process by improving production, ease of operation, and reducing equipment down-time.
  12. Assist in the maintenance of the existing engineering libraries which include drawings, equipment TOPs, specifications, and utility capacity schedules.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position currently has no direct supervisor responsibilities.  Depending on the experience of the engineer, future junior engineers, interns, or engineering support positions are likely to report to this person.

Education and Experience:

  • BS degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university (Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical), or applicable experience.
  • 8+ years applicable equipment, plant utility, clean utility, and process system experience with exposure to design and installation.
  • 8+ years in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the operation and design of pharmaceutical utilities, with understanding of HVAC systems.  Knowledge of WFI and Clean Steam systems is a benefit.
  • Thorough knowledge of pharmaceutical support utility systems such as central plant chilled water systems and plant steam.
  • Thorough knowledge of cGMP guidelines with experience in generation of controlled documents such as PM and Operation SOPs for equipment and utility systems.
  • Experience working with and directing general contractors and sub-contractor trades (e.g. mechanical and electrical).
  • Experience in equipment start-up and validation.
  • Good organizational and time utilization skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills with an ability to interact well with a variety of personalities, craft skills and education levels.
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems (pumps, valves, materials).
  • Knowledge of process controls to enhance troubleshooting abilities and to future designs.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, move between spaces, reach with hands and arms and stoop.  Close vision and the need to focus on computer screen and detailed work subjects, use of hands, fingers and wrist to type on a keyboard, manipulate a mouse, and have the ability operate hand and small power tools.  Will need to lift and move parts, equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and work from a ladder up to 6 feet high. 

EEO Statement:
Pacira is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), veteran status, disability or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

At Pacira we are committed to intentionally cultivating a culture of inclusion where all feel welcomed and valued for their background, perspectives, and experiences. We hold one another accountable to promote trust and transparency in support of our communities and collective purpose.