Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.

Principal Reliability Engineer

Your tasks and responsibilities


The primary responsibilities of this role, Principal Reliability Engineer, are to: 


  • Implement short and long term strategies to improve reliability of infrastructure and utilities systems;
  • Track production losses and abnormally high maintenance cost assets;
  • Partner with Operations team to develop a plan to eliminate or reduce losses and costs through root cause analysis, obtain approval of the plan and facilitate the implementation;
  • Develop engineering solutions to repetitive failures and all other problems that adversely affect plant operations, including capacity, quality, cost or regulatory compliance issues;
  • Work with Production to perform analyses of assets including Asset Utilization, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Remaining useful life, and other parameters that define operating condition, reliability and costs of assets;
  • Provide technical support to production, maintenance management and technical personnel;
  • Identify, report and ensure resolution of critical equipment items;
  • Apply value analysis to repair/replace, repair/redesign, and make/buy decisions;
  • Work with Project Engineering to ensure the reliability and maintainability of new and modified installations;
  • Adhere to the Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM) process throughout the entire life cycle of new assets;
  • Define, design, develop, monitor and refine an Asset Maintenance Plan that includes Value-added preventive maintenance tasks, effective utilization of predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems;
  • Guide efforts to ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls, and safety/security systems;
  • Coordinate maintenance activities and shutdown requirements for utilities equipment;
  • Procure Utility related Production equipment, as well as prepare paperwork for expenditure – Capital Purchases (AFE’s), Purchase requests, vendor contracts, master service agreements etc.;
  • Establish external vendor relationships for services pertaining to equipment monitoring, service or reliability;
  • Set expectations for an acceptable end product, and routinely assess results through direct field verification of vendor activities;
  • Drive changes to operating parameters or frequencies of routine maintenance with Technical System Owners (TSOs);
  • Track monthly Key Performance Indicators and present to reliability senior plant management;
  • Coordinate site-wide inspection programs for permitted pressure vessels, pressure relief valves, and other systems;
  • Update obsolete spare parts within MRO stores.


Who you are


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required Qualifications:


  • B.S. Degree in Engineering or related discipline;
  • B.S. with eight or more years of engineering experience preferably in a reliability function;
  • M.S. with four or more years of engineering experience preferably in a reliability function;
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with pharmaceutical direct and indirect utility systems, equipment and facilities, cGMP compliance, high purity water systems, clean room HVAC systems, process instrumentation and control systems, etc. required;
  • Must be fully conversant with the latest industry Reliability Assessment models – eg: FMEA, FRACAS, etc.;
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot complex equipment / systems and supporting utility services;
  • Flexibility to support business requirement of rotational on-call support and / or weekend coverage;
  • Proficient computer skills to include excel, word and PowerPoint, SAP experience helpful;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills required;
  • Ability to support and prioritize many diverse activities simultaneously while meeting schedule commitments;
  • Must be able to troubleshoot equipment failures immediately and communicate status to customers;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with a wide diverse customer base;
  • Must be self-motivated and exercise good judgment.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience in a GMP / GLP environment;
  • Experience with Process Control Systems, including DCS, PLC, instrumentation and low voltage electrical systems desirable.

Your application

Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans


Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below.


Country: United States
Location: CA-Berkeley
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