Principal Engineer, HVAC

United States of America, California, Vacaville

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At Roche, 94,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity, and diversity.  We believe every employee makes a difference. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives. We are courageous in both decision and action, we believe that good business means a better world.

The focus of the Vacaville Operations Facility is Drug Substance bulk manufacturing. We have a passion for science, technology, innovation, professional development, and diversity and inclusion.  We are also deeply respected for our unique and special culture; one that centers around the people we attract and hire.  Our Pharma vision is to have a greater overall patient benefit and impact.  This focus includes personalized healthcare, designing the processes with the patient in mind, and improving their quality of life.  We hope you consider joining our team and being a part of one of the largest biotechnology facilities in the world! 


Job Description


Facilities and Engineering seeks a competent and energetic Senior/Principal HVAC Engineer, who will report to the Head of Engineering within the Vacaville Facilities and Engineering Department. The engineer will provide engineering and team leadership of site HVAC and BAS Engineers.




Reporting to the Head of Engineering within the Facilities and Engineering Department and supported by other engineers to provide engineering support to the Utility operations in Vacaville. The responsibilities include the following as a minimum:

  • Provide engineering and project management to capex projects, including direction of other technical and contract personnel.

  • Lead a team of HVAC and BAS Engineers.

  • Participate in and/or lead engineering-related site or network improvement initiatives.

  • Provide engineering expertise and support to Technology, Manufacturing, Quality, and Facility Services on a variety of HVACR systems (chillers, refrigerated water distribution, cooling towers and distribution, heating hot water, air handlers and distribution, cold rooms / freezers, freeze/thaw refrigeration).

  • Provide technical and career guidance to developing career engineers.

  • Identify, analyze, and design improvements and capabilities for facility, utility, process, and equipment systems.

  • Develop and maintain engineering documentation such as PFDs, P&IDs, design drawings and specifications, technical bid evaluation, vendor print reviews, design review, and protocols (FAT, SAT, and IQ).

  • Support development and review project documentation such as schedules, budget, URS, PEP, RFQs, Contractor Bid Packages, Statements of Work, and Credit Applications.

  • Drive and manage planning and design phases including project initiation and conceptual/basic/detailed design depending on assignment.

  • Support debug, operational and performance qualification, and handover to operations.

  • Act as Project Management on small projects.

  • Manage construction phases including contractors, construction supervision, Genentech business processes, change orders, punch-list, turnover, and closure.

  • Provide mechanical engineering expertise to support investigations, DMS, CAPA’s, audits, inspections, permits, and other technical requests.

  • Collaborate with Global Engineering on major facility modifications, process expansions and new construction.

  • Collaborate with peers in continuous improvement of technical infrastructure including standards, practices, specifications, procedures, and business processes.

  • Analyze, troubleshoot and resolve system/equipment performance, malfunctions or failures.

  • Lead and/or participate in the identification and development of solutions to stabilize and optimize utility systems.

  • Technical support to Facility Services, Quality, Manufacturing and Technology groups.

  • Siemens BAS proficiency

  • Lead retro-commissioning of HVAC.

  • Familiarity with alternative refrigeration systems in our goal to eliminate ozone-depleting refrigerants.



  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering.

  • Minimum of 12 years of GMP manufacturing experience for principal position and minimum of 8 years for Senior Engineer position.

  • Experience with Engineering, Leadership, Project Management, Engineering Change Control and other work processes and documentation in a GMP environment.

  • Highly self-motivated, has excellent organization and communication skills, and is able to work independently or part of a multi-disciplinary team. 

  • Must be able to function in a team environment, interacting with various functional groups, as well as in a self-managed environment

  • Ability to communicate information accurately and concisely, both verbally and in writing, to a diverse audience, in particular Manufacturing, Quality, SHE, Engineering Services, Facility Services, and Corporate Engineering

  • Ability to produce high quality and accurate work in a timely manner

  • Ability to lead the HVAC / Team including their development, performance reviews, compensation reviews, and talent acquisition as needed.