Senior Automation Engineer


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Location: Dublin

Type: Contract

Rate: Negotiable


Reference: 27214

Updated: 09/10/2017 17:10:20


As a member of the Operations IS Automation team, the role will support complex and challenging system automation initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

• Ownership and administration of equipment control systems in a GMP regulated
manufacturing setting.
• Support Drug Product manufacturing within the Formulation, Vial/Syringe
Filling, Lyophilisation, Component Preparation and Packaging areas.
• Lead and support system improvements, development of detailed specification,
engineering documents, and standard operating procedures.
• Lead technical root cause analysis, incident investigations and
troubleshooting issues related to electrical, instrumentation and equipment
control systems.
• Support new product introductions or new technology introductions by
performing engineering assessments, implementing automation system
configuration changes and supporting engineering runs.
• Solving complex problems, project management, lifecycle management and
operational excellence.
• Develop and manage change control requests per established SOPs and processes.
• Support a safe working environment by complying with all pertinent
environmental health/safety practice, rules and regulations.


• Bachelors in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, Chemical Engineering,
Biotech Engineering or related life science engineering with 7+ years
experience in operations/manufacturing environment
• Manufacturing automation experience in biopharmaceutical
Formulation/Fill/Finish or Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) facilities
• Excellent control systems automation background focused specifically in
design, installation, programming, validation and lifecycle maintenance of
automated equipment specifically in the areas of Formulation, Vial/Syringe
Filling, Lyophilisation and Packaging
• Experience with Rockwell Automation PLC/SCADA/Batch, Siemens PLC/HMI, iFix,
Wonderware, Elau/Kinetix Motion Control, ControlNet, DeviceNet, Profibus and
OSIsoft PI Data Historian
• Knowledge of GAMP software development lifecycle, ANSI/ISA-S88 and S95
industry standards and 21 CFR Part 11
• Strong network architecture or engineering proficiencies including TCP/IP,
Routing, Switching, Network IDS/IPS, Active Directory, Domain Integration and
• Solid leadership, technical writing, and communication/presentation skills
• Experience in change control, non-conformance, corrective and preventative
actions, and validation practices
• Experience in developing automation strategies for new product introduction
and new technology deployment
• Ability to translate strategic opportunities and emerging technology solutions
into tangible pragmatic executable plans
• Ability to influence the development of business area strategy and IT strategy
where appropriate
• Ensure application of corporate blueprint and standards using business drivers
to local business needs and project requirements
• Development and presentation of project plans to senior management
• Day to day vendor management and contract negotiations with focus on
Automation Systems Integrators and OEM suppliers
• Independent, self-motivated, organized, able to multi-task in project
environments and skilled in communication and collaboration
• Team player, prepared to work in and embrace a team-based culture that relies
on collaboration for effective decision-making

Travel at various times may be required to support execution of projects

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