Engineering Technician (Primary Packing)

Employer: AstraZeneca
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At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

We are guided in our work by a strong set of values, and we’re resetting expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. Making the impossible a reality can mean taking a chance on an idea and investing in our exceptional capacity for innovation and discovery. We champion trying new things, and we nurture a test and learn culture that means we are always progressing close to our goals.

This is a great opportunity to undertake a challenging role in a leading sterile manufacturing area on our Macclesfield campus. The site supplies products for most of the AstraZeneca therapy areas for global markets and thus has great opportunities. You will be aligned to an area which is benefiting from large investment and the role is an excellent opportunity to experience this unique fast moving and dynamic environment whilst ensuring production levels meet given demands in a period of change.

As an Engineering Technician you will deliver and sustain business objectives through providing engineering (Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation) expertise to maintain equipment / systems, resolving problems and implementing improvements whilst being in compliance with GMP, SHE and Financial requirements.


You will hold responsibility for maintaining and calibrating manufacturing equipment, and support systems in accordance with maintenance strategies and schedules of work. The manufacturing process takes place in a controlled aseptic environment, which adds complexity to the maintenance programme of work.

Core plant systems include; Syringe Assembly, Aseptic Filling, Labelling systems, Printing Systems, Sealing, Vison systems, Conveyor and Transport Systems, Check weighing systems and Environmental Monitoring Systems

By providing good customer service and maximising equipment availability, you will ensure timely response to breakdowns and provision of effective customer feedback along with delivery of closure actions through systematic fault-finding and problem solving. You will strive to improve availability through identification of maintenance improvement.

You will set up systems / equipment in a timely manner and right first time in order that functional performance complies with Operational Qualification parameters and statutory requirements. You will lead formal and informal training of less experienced Technicians and coach Operators to improve equipment performance.

Using lean and manufacturing tools (such as RCM, RCA and CBM) you will actively participate in and deliver continuous improvement activities and projects. Working with your engineering colleagues you will support change initiatives required to drive ongoing business improvements by ensuring positive and constructive communication to enable and establish effective team working. You will work with project teams to bring new equipment from inception through to beneficial operation including delivery of equipment qualification activities. You will be able to fault find using structured problem-solving tools and document this to support the quality or SHE investigation processes. Working within a highly compliant and regulated industry you will ensure that GMP and SHE regulations are adhered to at all times.

Essential Requirements

  • Recognised Engineering Apprenticeship or equivalent
  • ONC/HNC or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline
  • Experience in Electrical, Mechanical and Instrumentation disciplines (Maintenance and Fault Finding)

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience of working with automated machinery
  • Operating knowledge of procedures and compliance with GMP & SHE requirements
  • Familiar with CMMS (SAP PM) Knowledge of IT systems where appropriate e.g. Drawing/Document Management Systems, Microsoft office, Building Management Systems, PCs, PLCs
  • Knowledge of the Principles of Work Planning & Control, Reliability Centred Maintenance, Root Cause Analysis and of Continuous Improvement
  • Application of maintenance processes e.g. RCM, CBM, Asset Care
  • Knowledge of Project management / Change Management and facilitation skills

Some shift work will be involved which will be discussed in more detail at interview

Please apply via the AstraZeneca careers site:

Closing date for applications: midnight Tuesday 10th September

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.