Lead Mechanical Engineer

Every day, NNE devotes its expertise to ensure that customers like AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Roche and many others can bring vital treatments to patients around the world. We use our 2,000 knowledgeable employees to complete approximately 3,000 projects annually for companies that produce life-saving drugs and equipment. Would you like to join our team of experts working hard to change the world?

We are seeking a Lead Mechanical Engineer to join us in Durham, NC.

Your Job:

  • Lead and manage disciplines in large project sizes and phases.
    • Structure, plan and take the financial responsibility for own discipline in own projects.
    • Ensure interfaces to and coordination with other disciplines.
    • Ensure changes to the scope of work in the discipline are brought to the attention of the project management.
    • Ensure disciplinary consistency of work, disciplinary quality/reviews and compliance with codes and regulations.
    • Part of the project management team with responsibility for the overall outcome of own discipline.
  • Lead all engineers in own discipline and provide on-the–job education of junior engineers to become engineers and of engineers to become senior engineers or specialists.
  • Review work of engineers in own discipline.
  • Responsible for cost calculations and descriptions for proposals and review of costs for proposals.
  • Take the lead in contributing to the development of standards and guidelines and participate in COIs.
  • Promote NNE and look for sales opportunities when in contact with customers

Your Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • More than 8 years of experience within mechanical engineering. Knowledge of most other disciplines and their interfaces. Some leadership experience is a requirement.
  • Extensive Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Process experience (Fermentation, Recovery, Purification) with relevant equipment and piping
  • Large Scale Project experience from Detailed Design, Construction, Commissioning & Qualification and handover is a requirement
  • Experience with FAT & SAT
  • Understanding of API manufacturing and maintenance is a big plus
  • Experience with use of 3D model is a big plus
  • Understand that own work is part of a context given by project drivers and customer needs and lead the discipline’s work to fit into this context.
  • Diligence to solve problems and finish the work in a structured manner. Provide advice to customers proactively.
  • Leadership and coaching skills. Good at communicating and negotiating solutions for mutual benefit. The ultimate responsible technical person for own discipline in projects.
  • Planning and progress evaluation/communication skills at overall discipline level. Financial and business understanding
  • Good communicator
  • Team Player

Benefits Offered:

  • Bonus eligibility
  • 9% company 401k contribution
  • 3 weeks of vacation and 40 hours of PTO
  • 4 healthcare plans to choose from, 2 dental options, in addition to vision
  • 100% short term and 60% long term company paid disability
  • Flex Time, which allows certain billable positions to accrue any billable hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a week into a Flex Time bank. All accrued Flex Time hours in excess of 120 hours will be automatically paid out as a Flex Bonus on a quarterly basis. 
  • Various other voluntary benefits

Your personal profile:
We seek colleagues who want to bring technical knowledge to life, who are strong in communication, have the ability to energize people, and provide constructive feedback. As a successful Lead Mechanical Engineer you are results-oriented and have a well-structured approach to your work. By focusing on a smarter execution you work effectively, keep your promises and learn from your mistakes. A global and passionate mindset is important as you will be working in a multi-cultural environment.


NNE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. NNE will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the FCO.