Over the past two decades, shortages of generic, injectable medications critical to the lifesaving work of hospitals in the United States have become commonplace. Approximately 200 medically necessary drugs are on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s shortage list. Manufacturing challenges and predatory pricing are both the cause and result.
Who suffers most? Patients.
Civica is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization established in 2018 by health systems and philanthropies to reduce chronic generic drug shortages and related high prices in the United States. Led by an experienced team of health care and pharmaceutical industry leaders.
Today, more than 50 health systems have joined Civica. They represent over 1,200 hospitals and over 30 percent of all U.S. hospital beds. Civica has also begun to supply the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile of essential medicines.
Civica is improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs by making strides to ensure patients and their needs come first and that essential generic medications are accessible and affordable. Since established, the #1 Policy for the Civica team has been “Do What Is in the Best Interest of Patients.”
Civica is launching a subsidiary to enter the Outpatient pharmacy market partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield with the goal of reducing drug prices, especially high-cost generic drugs where market forces are not working to control drug costs.
To find out more about how Civica’s innovative model is directly impacting patient care, click here to read a recent article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Intro to Civica
The Facilities Technician should be highly motivated to coordinate/execute maintenance activities in our new manufacturing facility in Petersburg, Virginia. This position will support and improve all facility maintenance efforts including preventive and predictive maintenance efforts, repairs, troubleshooting and new equipment installation. The Facilities Technician will perform a variety of routine and semiskilled tasks involving general maintenance of facilities and equipment. Additionally, this role will plan, support, and participate in plant shutdown activities for facilities and utility equipment and participate in systematic problem solving. Specific duties performed may vary by assignment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Support the growth and development of the Facilities Team.
- Execute routine maintenance tasks including HVAC, electrical, and plumbing repairs, painting, office furniture installation, general building repairs, cleaning, building exteriors and other as assigned.
- Perform monitoring of all Building Management System (BMS) systems to ensure the facilities, equipment and environmental systems are within specified ranges and operating systems are functioning properly. Observes deviations from systems specifications and works with Facilities staff to correct or resolve these discrepancies. May assist in calibrating and fine‐tuning controls
- Assists in tuning PI&D loop controllers and develop and implements control schemes and control techniques.
- Perform and organize preventative maintenance task while supporting maintenance and operational work orders and assignments.
- Maintain accurate records always keeping equipment and systems cGMP complaint.
- Ensure manufacturing and personnel are supported to meet business needs, including lab gasses, preventive maintenance, equipment service contracts and safety equipment.
- Maintain a safe work environment; work in a safe manner following all safety SOPs' and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.
- Able to work safely in an environment containing hazardous chemicals, high and low temperature liquids, high pressure liquids and gasses, steam, and moving machinery.
- Able to work after hours and on call as needed, weekend shift support and shutdowns.
- Able to check and respond to and troubleshoot Equipment Monitoring System (EMS) & Building Management Systems issues and alarms.
- Ensure maintenance work orders are being completed on time while adhering to operational standards.
- Possesses a mechanical and electrical acumen including HVAC, Purified Water system, facilities utilities, P&ID’s, schematics, and equipment specifications is a must.
- Understand quality systems; Change Control, Deviations, CAPA’s, Audits activities, Computerized Maintenance Management Systems required.
- Is accountable to the Maintenance Team Lead and/or Supervisor and the team for facilities performance.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
- AA/AS/AAS in relevant field and/or certification/license/qualified in ONE of the listed processes in the "Process Alignment" section and industrial training, which includes a thorough understanding of Refrigeration, HVAC, Mechanical, Electrical, and Control Systems.
- Should be knowledgeable of procurement and inventory control.
- Has some authority for personnel actions.
- At least 3-5 years of experience as facilities engineer or in a similar role.
- Knowledgeable in the following systems: Refrigeration Systems, Compressed Air, HVAC systems, high and low pressure steam, Clean steam, Water for Injection (WFI) Systems, Chilled Water Systems, BMS (Building Maintenance Systems) and Instrumentation and Electrical systems.
- Ability and experience with automated records system such as SAP, schematics, wiring diagrams, and other engendered documentations.
- Proven expertise in planning/organizing, managing execution, checking results and revising the work plan in accordance with the daily work plan.