Job Glimpse: Yoachim, Project Engineer Lab Operations

After completing his postgraduate training as an Engineer in Chemistry, Yoachim came to work for Brunel, working in the pharmaceutical sector as a Project Engineer in the Lab Operations department. Keep reading for Yoachim's experience and first impressions of the industry (hint: it's good). 

I came into contact with Brunel through a job fair at the VUB. From the start, I have been very satisfied with Brunel's openness and communication. All questions I ask are answered quickly and clearly. I saw Brunel as the ideal partner to look for interesting projects. In addition, as a consultant you are given the opportunity to sample different industries and functions in order to find out what you really like.

Yoachim, Project Engineer

This interview was originally posted by Brunel Belgium. See original post here.

What does your job description look like as a Project Engineer? 

"I'm working for a sub-team of the Lab Operations department, which deals with Compliance & Validation. I started a project where I'm responsible for the coordination of the replacement of the glassware in 10 labs. Think of measuring cylinders or pipettes. 
 
My current main task is to develop a 'Near Infrared Spectroscopy' model. This NIR model should ensure a time and cost advantage of testing different freeze-dried drugs for the presence of moisture. We achieve this through multivariate data analysis, in which we link the data from the old method to the new one in order to arrive at a completely new model. In addition, I make sure that this model meets certain criteria, such as an error rate of precision & accuracy."  

What skills do you need on a daily basis to properly perform your role as a Project Engineer?  

"The main skill I need is to be able to communicate well with different partners. This means making good agreements, documenting everything properly and having it read. In addition, as a Project Engineer you must be able to multitask and plan well in order to efficiently organize the testing of various products. Finally, it is important that you can think critically and use common sense." 

What do you like most about your job?  

"It's very exciting to develop a new model. There are new challenges with every product, so you have to look at it in a different way each time. This ensures that you keep thinking critically and analytically. On the other hand, I also get a lot of satisfaction from the contact with the labs. I like to interact and receive positive feedback from the laboratories." 

What career achievement are you most proud of? And why? 

"Originally the intention was to carry out the current project together with another colleague. After a few months, however, this project fell completely on my shoulders. Although this has created extra work and stress during this period, I am proud of myself for ensuring the progress of the project. I'm also proud of processing my first report. This is quite a challenge because everything has to be drawn up strictly, taking into account GMP legislation. When you can complete such a complex project, it gives a good feeling."

Why did you choose to work as a consultant at Brunel?  

"I came into contact with Brunel through a job fair at the VUB. From the start, I have been very satisfied with Brunel's openness and communication. All questions I ask are answered quickly and clearly. This has ensured that I saw Brunel as the ideal partner to look for interesting projects. In addition, as a consultant you are given the opportunity to sample different industries and functions in order to find out what you really like." 

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