Master Utility Plant Operator/ Utility Plant Specialist

South San Francisco
California, United States of America


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The Position

Genentech’s South San Francisco Production (SSFP) group manufactures medicines that improve the lives of patients around the world.  SSFP is the first cGMP production site established by Genentech and includes facilities, equipment, and staffing to perform end-to-end manufacturing that is scheduled and supported 24 x 7.

SSFP currently has opportunities available for experienced Utility Operators to join the day shift. These positions operate utility systems and subsystems in an FDA regulated environment to ensure:

  • All preventative maintenance is performed in a timely manner and at appropriate intervals
  • Equipment remains in its designed cGMP and/or validated state at all times
  • All equipment operation is in accordance with federal, state, local and company regulations, procedures and policies

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the day to day operation of plant utility systems; monitor the overall operation and status of the utility systems and submit work notifications for system repairs as needed
  • Ensure/maintain all utility equipment areas in a constant state of inspection readiness
  • Continuously evaluate the operation of all utility systems and utility subsystems; identify specific process improvement needs and provide recommendations for system upgrades
  • Identify training deficiencies, provide recommendations for training and provide training as needed
  • Continuously evaluate all operational Standard Operating Procedures and Preventive Maintenance procedures for accuracy and applicability
  • Provide operational support to Facility Services, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research and Development
  • Perform Confined Space Entry on an as needed basis
  • Complete preventive maintenance and assigned paperwork in a timely manner following all cGMP documentation guidelines
  • Gather and document appropriate information associated with a System Discrepancy (an event in manufacturing process and/or support system that is outside approved operating parameters or approved procedures)
  • Work with various chemicals, steam, pressurized gases/liquids of various temperatures
  • Work in close proximity to moving equipment
  • Act as point of contact for customer guidance and support
  • Ensure all Utility rounds are completed and missed rounds are documented
  • Monitor Utility work request queue and advancing notifications into work orders
  • Assist in troubleshooting efforts for all Utility equipment that is directly impacting manufacturing processes
  • Attend all required cGMP and Safety training

We are seeking local applicants who possess the following qualifications. The level of the position will depend on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

  • High School diploma or equivalent. Technical degree, certificate, or coursework a plus
  • 3+ years of experience in an industrial / manufacturing maintenance role with demonstrated strong mechanical aptitude; 7+ years required for the Specialist level
  • Completion of technical school, accredited 2 year program or applicable work history (OJT) in the field
  • Practical knowledge of equipment maintenance, operation, control and cleaning for: process equipment; HVAC/R; clean utility systems; process air systems; waste neutralization systems; bulk chemical and gas systems; RW/Glycol Systems
  • General knowledge of shop tool operation and safety
  • Ability to respond to and evaluate a variety of situations involving mechanical, electrical and systems controls
  • Practical knowledge of equipment maintenance, operation, control and cleaning for process equipment; HVAC/R; clean utility systems; process air systems; waste neutralization systems; bulk chemical and gas systems; RW/Glycol Systems is required for the senior level
  • Working knowledge of electrical switchgear and distribution systems in the medium to low voltage range is also required for the senior level
  • Ability to perform preventive maintenance and equipment servicing according to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills including the ability to prepare technical reports and the ability to read and understand Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Detail oriented with the ability to demonstrate good record keeping practices
  • Ability to understand and adhere to federal, state, local and company regulations, procedures, and policies
  • Computer skills with the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and email applications
  • Ability to work safely in an environment containing hazardous chemicals, high and low temperature liquids, high pressure liquids and gasses, steam, and moving machinery
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work with minimum or no supervision.
  • Ability to work a regular shift that includes one weekend day, and flexibility to work overtime or a temporarily modified shift schedule to support manufacturing operations as needed

We are seeking local applicants for these positions. Only applicants who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area will be considered. No relocation.

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