DFE Pharma

Process Engineer

Interview quotes

Jacques Lem, Site Manager Foxhol

“The plant in Foxhol has an environment where you can have large impact. There are a lot of challenges and improvement possibilities within process optimization and safety. The chemical process of the plant is relatively simple, however the microscopic process is highly complex and financial impact relatively high.

This could be a great first step into pharma for an ambitious process engineer. There are many challenges regarding machine safety and dangerous chemicals. In this job you have to work closely with operations in projects on other plants and on headquarter level. This asks for good communication and interpersonal skills. As a Process Engineer you are highly visible in the DFE Pharma organization and therefore there are many career opportunities within DFE Pharma, but also within FrieslandCampina or IPTEC.”

Experience and education

  • Master Degree or (technical) Bachelor Degree;
  • Relevant experience in process technology or process engineering;
  • At least 2 years of experience in preferably the process industry;
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9001, cGMP) and familiarity with health and safety regulations;
  • Knowledge of starch or cellulosic based products is considered a plus;
  • Fluent in Dutch and sufficient in English.


  • Analytic skills, act fact-based and data-driven;
  • Project management, able to manage multiple projects;
  • Pro-actively, is self-managing and tackles problems independently;
  • Organizational sensitivity, aware about other people and is able to involve and convince others;
  • Collaboratively, pro-active and problem-solving attitude within the team by involving colleagues.

Employment conditions and location

  • Employment conditions: DFE Pharma offers an excellent remuneration package.
  • Location: Foxhol, the Netherlands

About position

The Process Engineer facilitates the production of superdesintegrants that are used in the pharmaceutical industry and maintains the production process in a safe, efficient and validated state. The Process Engineer identifies and implements process improvements to ensure safe, cost effective manufacturing while keeping the product and quality consistent and compliant. Furthermore, organize production trials and lead failure investigations, trouble shooting, identify and implement opportunities for corrective and preventive actions. Assist in the implementation of new products to the production lines. To realize growth ambitions the Process Engineer supports on site engineering projects, including investments (CAPEX). Maintaining commitment to the implementation of a strong safety culture on the site and lead by example. The Process Engineer reports directly to the DFE Pharma Site Manager Foxhol and works closely with the production-, maintenance- and quality manager.

Why is this an attractive role?

  • High autonomy and lots of responsibility
  • Possible first step in pharma;
  • New products and new markets;
  • Great future perspective and abilities to grow;
  • High visibility within the DFE Pharma organization.

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Sarah de Kock 

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