Principal/ Lead Engineer, Facilities & Engineering (HVAC & Utilities)

Company Background

Tessa Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a portfolio of next-generation cell therapies for cancer. It has a pipeline of therapies in clinical development for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumors.

Tessa’s lead autologous therapy is in late-stage clinical development for treatment of lymphomas. It has shown strong clinical responses in patients with relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma, based on which it was granted the RMAT designation by the U.S. FDA and the PRIME designation by EMA.

Tessa is also developing a novel, differentiated, allogeneic “off-the shelf” cell therapy platform to create more efficacious, reliable, and scalable therapies capable of targeting a broad range of cancers. A therapy using this platform is being evaluated in an ongoing clinical trial in United States.

Job Position
Principal/ Lead Engineer, Facilities & Engineering (HVAC & Utilities)


  • Responsible for ensuring Tessa’s current Technical Operations Equipment and Rooms are maintained in good operational state
    • Includes equipment and rooms from all Internal Customers
    • Scope of operations include HVAC systems, chilled and hot water system, clean gases, compressed dry air system, and Purified water system
  • Prepare/review SOPs and Documentation
  • Manage external contractors in the areas of System, Equipment and Rooms for Maintenance
  • Ensure maintenance and service contracts are executed as per requirements; establish regular review points with external contractors as required to continually improve processes and performance
  • Work cross functionally to ensure Systems, Equipment and Rooms meet Internal Customers’ needs
  • Be an advocate of EHSS compliance and initiatives
  • Liaison with building owner as and when required
    • Where cGMP requirements apply, ensure deliverables meet GDP and internal Quality standards
  • Support/ lead facility improvement projects or design projects as required


  • Diploma with at least 12 years of work experience or Degree in Mechanical Engineering with at least 8 years of work experience
  • At least 5 years of work experience in cGMP environment specializing in HVAC/ clean utilities
  • Certified SCEM preferred but not a must
  • Experienced in handling inspections as a HVAC/ Clean utilities SME (internal and external)
  • Strong leader with a can-do mindset, leads by example, able to work both independently as well as within a team
  • Good vendor management skills
  • Able to work under pressure and perform hands on activity if required
  • Solid engineering fundamentals with a flair for innovation/ problem solving
  • Able to write, present and speak with clarity
  • Good communicator and able to influence without authority
  • Knowledge in Bio-Pharma R&D is an added advantage