Simtra BioPharma Solutions (Simtra) is a world-class Contract Development Manufacturing Organization, partnering with pharmaceutical and biotech companies to bring their sterile injectable products to market. With facilities in Bloomington, Indiana, US and Halle/Westfalen, Germany, we offer a wide range of delivery systems including pre-filled syringes, liquid/lyophilized vials, diluents for reconstitution, powder-filled vials and sterile crystallization.  

Our product types include biologics and small molecules, cytotoxics, highly potent compounds, diluents for reconstitution and vaccines – which are all directly injected into patients worldwide.  As such, there is a strong emphasis on quality and continuous improvement at Simtra.  We hold ourselves to the highest quality and regulatory standards.

While our primary focus is cGMP manufacturing, we offer many support services including formulation and development, lyophilization optimization, global regulatory support and secondary packaging.  Our teams are driven to help clients scale, innovate and bring life-changing medicines to patients worldwide.

 

Why join Team Simtra? Because we:

Make it HAPPEN – We bring a growth mindset to every opportunity, developing new skillsets and exceeding our expectations and those of our customers.

Make it TOGETHER – We work as one, respecting each voice and tapping into our unique strengths across teams—so we can solve problems in new ways.

Make it RIGHT – We hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence, fulfilling our commitments to the customer, their patients, and our team members.

Make it COUNT – We take pride in our day-to-day work, knowing the impact we make – taking on challenges big and small to improve patient health.

 


 

This role:

The Machine Operator works within the Finishing/Packaging Complex. They ensure maximum equipment efficiency to meet client demand and expectations. They contribute to creating an environment where teamwork, productivity, safety, identity, strength, purity and quality (SISPQ) are reflected in the finished product. Machine Operators will support Manual Inspection and Packaging operations when necessary. This position reports to the Finishing Supervisor. 

 

The responsibilities:  

  • Equipment Operation 
    • Follow and execute machine operation according to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and batch record instructions 
    • Maximize equipment efficiency during operation, ensuring first pass quality product 
    • Periodically check/examine units from good and or reject areas to ensure proper equipment function 
    • Challenge equipment and or verification systems according to SOPs or batch record instructions 
    • Document all actions performed at the time of performance; assist with verifying various batch record or other equipment steps for teammates 
    • Communicate equipment issues to subsequent shifts, Supervisor and appropriate personnel 
    • Contact and work with internal resources and or vendors to maintain/improve equipment performance 
    • Meet equipment/line efficiency targets by proactively taking action to prevent downtime; work with upstream or downstream team members to help line flow 
    • Use and sample printed materials to the batch record by First In First Out (FIFO) machine outputs or reports before, during, or after processing 
  • Set-up, Tear down, & Changeover  
    • Thoroughly clean and clear machines in established target timelines between production operations 
    • Perform set-up and changeover activities independently for assigned machine; assist set-up and or changeovers on additional equipment when available 
    • Verify all set-up/changeover steps have been completed properly using set-up checklists
    • Monitor setup and changeover process to ensure completion within target set/changeover time
    • Assist Quality Assurance and or production clearance personnel with clearance of machine
  • Machine Trouble shooting
    • Track machine faults and or downtime system data as problems occur; share information with Technician/Maintenance/Engineering support and help recommend appropriate action to correct the equipment issue
    • Clear most faults and re-start equipment following shutdown with minimal direction or supervision according to SOPs or batch record instructions 
    • Assist with completing work orders for equipment related problems 
    • Provide recommendations and implement solutions to equipment/process challenges 
    • Utilize all available information and support groups to resolve problems in a timely manner with documentation and follow up to problems with inadequate/defect material
  • Continuous Improvement, Training, and Safety
    • Train peers and Relief Machine Operators for general equipment operation, setup and changeover
    • Work with Finishing Training, Supervisors, Machine Operators, etc. to update/improve SOPs 
    • Immediately address any safety or training deficiencies discovered by you or your team mates; notify appropriate levels of management as necessary
  • Equipment Qualification
    • Provide support to equipment qualification/validation
    • Develop SOPs for equipment implementation
    • Work with Tech Services, Engineering, Maintenance and Production to ensure smooth transition to production use direct support to test components and equipment
  • Other
    • Required to maintain attendance in accordance with the Bloomington Attendance Policy
    • Scheduled weekend overtime will be required 
    • Visual acuity 20/20 with or without corrective vision and ability to pass color blind test 
    • Ensure all safety practices are followed and keep area clean and clear of hazards 

 

The work environment:

Controlled pharmaceutical environment including wearing long sleeves, safety toe shoes, gloves and safety glassesAbility to work in a team environment on a variety of automated packaging equipment. 

 

Desirable qualifications:  

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorilyThe requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability requiredReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions: 

  • Ability to work independently 
  • Good communication skills 
  • Good documentation skills, including legible handwriting 
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Basic computer skills 
  • Basic math skills 
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures, specifications, and job-specific training materials 
  • Requires the usage of hand tools for set up and operation of automated equipment.  

 

Physical / safety requirements:

  • Occasional (0-33%)
    • Walking, climbing stairs and ladders, overhead reaching and/or lifting, balancing, kneeling, crouching, crawling
    • Lifting up to 38 lbs
    • Carrying 30 lbs
  • Frequent (34-66%)
    • Sitting, standing, reaching forward, object handling, fingering, fine hand coordination, simple and firm hand grasping, operating controls
    • Lifting and carrying up to 32 lbs
    • Pushing and pulling up to 16 lbs
  • Constant (67-100%)
    • Object handling, fingering, fine hand coordination, simple hand grasping, firm hand grasping
  • Final candidates for Machine Operator will be required to pass a post offer/pre-employment job placement examination which will test the physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

 

Additional requirements:

  • Education and experience: High School diploma or GED required, 6 months of previous Pharmaceutical or Manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Language skills: must be able to understand, speak, read and write English in order to comply with necessary SOP’, job-specific training materials, GMP’s, and other manuals. 

 

In return, you’ll be eligible for[1]:

  • Day One Benefits
    • Medical & Dental Coverage
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Life and AD&D Insurance
    • Supplemental Life Insurance
      • Spouse Life Insurance
      • Child Life Insurance
    • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
    • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with Company Match
    • Time Off Program
      • Paid Holidays
      • Paid Time Off
      • Paid Parental Leave and more
    • Adoption Reimbursement Program
    • Education Assistance Program
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Community and Volunteer Service Program
  • Additional Benefits
    • Voluntary Insurance Benefits
      • Vision Coverage
      • Accident
      • Critical Illness
      • Hospital Indemnity Insurance
      • Identity Theft Protection
      • Legal and more
    • Onsite Campus Amenities
      • Workout Facility
      • Cafeteria
      • Credit Union

[1] Current benefit offerings are in effect through 12/31/24

 


 

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This job description is intended to provide the minimum knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job.  It may not be inclusive of all the duties and responsibilities of the job.  Simtra reserves the right to make modifications based on business requirements.

 

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