Capex Project Engineer
United States, Portsmouth (New Hampshire)

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The CAPEX Project Engineer role supports ongoing Lonza operations through the management of capital projects. The engineer is responsible to ensure that equipment and facilities are designed and constructed to meet operational needs.  Responsibilities of the role include implementation of engineering projects to support site and manufacturing requirements. CAPEX project engineer is responsible for scope, schedule and budget of assigned projects.

Key responsibilities:

Site Project Manager:

  • Execute all aspects of project scoping, initiation, execution, and closeout
  • Provide project leadership using engineering principles to support design and scope for of wide range of scales:
    • Strategic site CAPEX projects
    • Recapitalization projects
    • Customer Tech Transfers
  • Planning, leading and execution of plant projects involving complex equipment changes and significant process improvements
  • Plan, execute and lead commissioning protocols (installation, operation, CIP/SIP, wet testing)
  • Own change requests and complete change request tasks to support project completion
  • Develop innovative solutions to facilitate the successful implementation of current and future projects in a world class cGMP compliant bioprocess production facility.
  • Responsible for identifying, managing and prioritizing own work load effectively with minimal supervision.

Contractor Management:

  • Manage site CAPEX engineering contractors to augment Lonza engineering staff
  • Manage site CAPEX construction contractors based on project scope
  • Conduct regular check-ins with contractors to validate progress on work objectives
  • Assign work to contractors and prioritize work based on business needs and impact to quality and safety.
  • Guide contractors through technical project and engineering challenges and escalation of issues
  • Accountable for technical work of contractors


  • Process eCAR and Lump Sum initiation and closure documents and SharePoint forms
  • Complete engineering review/approval of commissioning protocols and validation protocols
  • Initiate EDCRs for updates to Engineering documents including engineering drawings


  • Remain up to date on all assigned training activities including Cornerstone Learning Portal (>90%), ComplianceWire (no overdue), iComply (no overdue), and QSMRT (attend all sessions)

Perform other duties as assigned.

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification preferred
  • Experience working in a Pharma/Biotech related environment
  • Ability to handle multiple projects (3-5) simultaneously, keeping track of costs and schedule and ensuring compliance with quality and safety standards.  Use organizational skills to prioritize and resolve project issues.  Ability to evaluate solutions and recommend action based on meeting scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Ability to effectively communicate via writing and oral communication at all levels to both internal and external customers.  Express ideas effectively in individual and group situations (including non-verbal communication).  Ability to communicate to internal and external personnel and to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical people.  Ability and willingness to express opinions and argue their basis.
  • Ability to develop alternative courses of action that are based on logical assumptions, factual data and engineering principles.  The alternate actions take into consideration resources (financial and manpower), constraints and organizational priorities.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if it is not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R53826