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Bioprocess Engineer

What if you could work for the R&D team of an international company developing the next breakthrough enzymes ? Watch your strategic contributions play a big part in our success? 


The team in charge of developing the enzymes pipelines of Puratos Worldwide is based in Andenne (Namur), Belgium. 


We are offering you the opportunity to come and join a dynamic team. Puratos is an innovative, customers oriented and family owned company focused on ingredients for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. 

Reporting to the Research Manager Bioprocess, your role will be to lead the DSP activities for the recovery of proteins/enzymes post fermentation, such as: 
•    To perform and manage Downstream Processing (DSP) projects,
•    To upscale lab scale processes to industrial plant (analysis and downstream)
•    To lead process & technologies improvements initiatives in coordination with bioprocess manager 
•    To Support tech transfer into manufacturing or quality control. Lead technology transfer programs


Key Accountabilities

In this role, you will:
•    Explore and develop new DSP and formulation related technologies to ensure continuous improvement of processes, technologies and tools currently used at Puratos for enzyme/protein recovery post fermentation, including but not limited to MF, UF, chromatography, sterile filtration…. 
•    Design and lead the process development, characterization, scale-up (from bench top to pilot unit) and tech transfer to onsite manufacturing facilities (also located in Andenne)
•    Coach and mentor junior colleagues in the team and to provide expertise and guidance on downstream processing  
•    Apply bioengineering concepts for troubleshooting, process modeling and translation to experimental design and execution
•    Implement corrective actions and control plans to reduce variability and increase productivity related to Downstream performance
•    Interact and provide expertise to cross-functional department (QC, production, regulatory) 
•    Update and present results during internal & potentially external meetings 
•    Identify, suggest and perform analytical protocols to evaluate yields and recovery when required


Who are we looking for?

•    Bioengineer degree or equivalent throughout experiences
•    One to three years-experience in biotech would be an advantage
•    Hands-on experience in downstream processing, ideally in harvesting & purifying "sensitives" recombinant proteins (enzymes) 
•    Relevant experience in filtrations systems, TFF, depth filtration, dialysis and others separation methods 
•    Understanding  proteins – filtration membranes interactions is an advantage 
•    Experience in precipitation methods (salts, flocculation, etc..) for biomass removals
•    Able to carry out day to day techniques and procedures with limited supervision after directives from N+1, N+2
•    Experience in looking after and maintaining DSP equipment 
•    Able to identify, troubleshoot and solve technical issues. Strong analytical skills and problem solving 
•     knowledge of DSP process development (resins, membranes types and sizes screening, Design-of-Experiment (DoE) approach for process development)


Why would you join Puratos?


You will join a fast-growing, stable family business that has become an international market leader with a corporate culture in which innovation and entrepreneurship are part of our main priorities. You will benefit from a great deal of freedom in your work, with plenty of room for initiative.
A great work environment with lots of challenges is what you can expect:
•    Responsibilities and the possibility to take ownership of your work
•    Training and career opportunities to build your career within our company


You can count on an undetermined duration contract (CDI) and a competitive salary package.

Watch our corporate movie and feel the Puratos Magic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oWeohwqgW4&t=69s 


Are you looking for the right recipe for your career?


The secrets behind Puratos’ global success and consistent growth are taste and quality. We would like to welcome you within our enthusiastic, committed and passionate team of more than 9000 employees. We are an international player and, what is more, a Belgian family business. Our people make the difference every single day. How? By developing, producing and distributing a unique and high-quality range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers, since 1919.
A century later, our products and services are available in more than 100 countries around the world. Our passion for innovation, closeness to our customers, and their customers, as well as our core values form the basis of our passion to improve.


This is what makes working at Puratos so magical!


Working at Puratos is choosing a Top Employer in Belgium.


Shall we meet soon?