Validation Engineer

Life Science
Vacancy ID


  • As Validation Engineer you will be responsible for the qualification of designated systems (both utility and process).
  • You will guide a small team and be part of the larger ICV organization and you engage with various groups including design, construction, manufacturing, quality and engineering for the project. 
  • You write, review and approve validation & qualification protocols and reports, as well as execute protocols.
  • You work together with a small team of start-up personnel (incl. engineers, mechanical craft persons, E&I technicians,  etc.) and sometimes alone, to successfully execute qualification activities safely and to a high quality, based on the overall ICV schedule, for assigned systems.
  • You familiarize oneself with all elements of the process & utility design for assigned systems through documentation & drawing review with Construction Management Team and team members.
  • You engage with the Commissioning Management Team to perform and document qualification activities as P&ID Walk Downs.
  • You perform qualification activities in a GMP biotech manufacturing facility.
  • You provide technical assistance to less experienced technicians/engineers.
  • You review and approve qualification documentation (e.g. vendor test documentation/commissioning documentation) for assigned systems.
  • You resolve protocol discrepancies and deviations.
  • You report, review and approve deviations and engage with technical support functions.
  • You participate in risk assessments and perform change controls.
  • You follow up changes via the applicable project change control procedure in your own domain and communicate them to the relevant functions
  • You will oversee activities performed by third parties.
  • You report on progress - frequency as per requested by validation Lead.


  • Validation profiles with at least 3 years of experience in qualification/validation and preferably in a process or start-up role in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Degree of Masters Qualification in Science or Engineering is a plus. 
  • Demonstrated success working across organizations in highly cross-functional team environment.
  • Capable of leading teams to deliver results, including project management and KPI reporting.
  • Familiarity with applicable regulatory compliance requirements for biotech operations incl. area classifications etc.
  • Ability to read/interpret engineering drawings and design documents.
  • Understanding of validation using risk-based approach.
  • Must be able to establish strong working relationships with stakeholders (Commissioning, Manufacturing and MSAT) to ensure high quality deliverables meeting CGMP and site quality requirements.
  • Experience with the Kneat application is a plus.
  • Knowledge of (use) DeltaV / BMS is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of cGMP in a regulated environment and knowledge of the ISO 14644 standards is a must.
  • Knowledge of process & clean utility design. 
  • Knowledge of Validation Lifecycle Approach.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical and technical skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office incl. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Visio.
  • Good technical writing and communication skills in English and knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
  • Strong quality and safety focus. 
  • Capability to work both independently and in a team environment.

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