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Sr. Facilities Specialist

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.



Primary Duties:


The Facilities Specialist will troubleshoot, repair and maintain facilities that includes infrastructure, utilities and equipment while ensuring the systems’ safety, compliance and cGMP regulatory when applicable. Maintains the overall facilities integrity and functionality by following established Preventive Maintenance (PMs) procedures and actively participates in troubleshooting activities by submitting and performing adequate Work Orders (WOs). Participates in the development and/or revision of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and follows it when performing any work in cGMP areas or when it is applicable.  Responds to critical facility equipment issues to eliminate safety concerns and minimize operational downtime.  When necessary, coordinates and executes internal and external request for repairs, service and maintenance to facilities and equipment.





  • Works under Facility management’s direction to plan, schedule and/or perform all maintenance activities that include routinely Preventive Maintenance (PM) and daily, emerged troubleshooting.
  • Performs and oversees scheduled maintenance activities (PMs) and repairs to the utilities systems
  • (i.e. HVAC, liquid/gases systems, waste systems, etc.)  and other mechanical systems and equipment throughout the facility.
  • Perform daily walkthroughs and periodic inspections of the facilities infrastructures that includes buildings, utilities and equipment.   Utilize, manage, and schedule outside resources, as required. Maintains Facility documentation in audit ready status at all times.
  • Creates and maintains document (i.e. records, reports) related to Facilities work, following GDP (Good Documentation Practices) and other cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) when applicable.
  • Maintains inventory of basic supplies-spare parts for utilities and process equipment.
  • Partakes in the installation, set-up and commissioning required for critical utility systems, process and analytical equipment.
  • If necessary, schedules and manages the outside resources when it is required.
  • Ensures compliance with safety, site procedures and all current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s) when it is applicable.
  • Fosters Spark Core Values, the teamwork environment and continuously supports the company’s growth and success.
  • Other duties as requested or assigned by management.





  • BS degree in a relevant engineering discipline or equivalent work experience is required. 





  • 1-2 years’ experience in cGMP environment is preferred.
  • Previous experience servicing and maintaining building/facilities and process equipment and performing calibration checks on critical utility systems and process equipment
  • Able to read electrical and mechanical drawings.
  • Proficient with electrical/mechanical test equipment.
  • Familiarity with Building Management Systems (BMS) and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
  • Knowledge of OSHA requirements regarding safety, hazardous chemicals, etc.
  • Working knowledge of GXP compliance as well as ICH and FDA guidelines.



Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:


  • Attention to detail, effectiveness and efficiency when performing work.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively and work independently or in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and guidance
  • Good knowledge of building, mechanical and industrial principles
  • Good organizational and planning skills
  • Good interpersonal and strong written/verbal communication skill
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed to manage repairs and services when necessary.



Complexity and Problem Solving:


Ability to handle general problems associated with buildings, utilities, systems and equipment. Works on problems in which analysis of situations or data requires and evaluation of various factors.  Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.  Ensures budgets, schedules, and performance requirements are met.






Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location.  Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia