Ilija Perac
Process Engineer
BEng (Mech) (Hons), BBus (Mgt)


Ilija is an experienced project manager & process engineer across multiple industries including: pharmaceutical processing, dairy processing and automotive, with each of his placements being with fast-paced international manufacturers.



  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Management

    • Including a scholarship to France’s ESC Rouen (now NEOMA Business School) MBA program to focus on project management and entrepreneurship.

      Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

Ilija Perac - Process Engineer
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Ilija has considerable experience seeing projects from the construction phases through to the handover of projects.


Time and again, he has proven he has an eye for ensuring that contractors are managed and any discrepancies found during the construction phase are met with enduring solutions, alleviating pressure on the project team.

Ilija has also worked extensively on the qualification of systems and processes, utilising GxP standards to write and execute IQ / OQ documents.


Most recently he spent time at two global pharmaceutical companies on a range of GMP and non-GMP projects managing procurement, site installations (piping & equipment), commissioning and qualification activities.


Preceding his time in pharmaceuticals processing, he spent a period at England’s fastest growing automotive manufacturer; project managing a software development team across multiple car lines & development phases, co-ordinating both local and off-shore teams to meet strict product development targets. He also spent time at a start-up dairy consultancy working on turn-key projects with some of the largest dairy manufacturers in regional Victoria supporting their project engineering teams.

Applied skills:


  • Project Management - by understanding the complete project life-cycle, Ilija has lead the project team to reach their objectives. This applies to the various project phases: procurement, contractor & installation management, commissioning and qualification activities.

  • Communication – ability to clearly communicate timelines, responsibilities and expectations.

  • Forward thinking – detailing upcoming works and forecasting any obstacles that could jeopardise the project.

  • Continuous learning – has shown resourcefulness in situations where quick solutions are required. Constantly reviewing lessons learnt.

  • Project team involvement – understands the importance of getting the team involved via input and ownership.

Past projects:


  • Aseptic Filling Machine (Blow-Fill-Seal) process services and WFI loop and WFI/PS generator upgrade. Field installation of Equipment, Instruments and Valving for Product, Pure Steam, WFI, Compressed Air, Nitrogen, Chilled Water, Mains Water, Process Drains, Vacuum and Vent lines.

  • Cooling Tower upgrade including decommissioning & extraction of existing and installation of new tower and associated piping. Stakeholder management, site preparation & installation and commissioning.

  • QC Microbiology & Immunochemistry lab upgrades to fit-out and install & qualify laboratory equipment.



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