Senior Automation Engineer

  • Company: Amgen
  • Location: West Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • Posted: January 12, 2017
  • Reference ID: R-30994
The Senior Automation Engineer reports to the Senior Manager of the Automation group. The position is responsible for providing project leadership and daily operation to the Automation Engineering Team at the Amgen Rhode Island site. Specific duties include:
Applies advanced engineering principles to the design and implementation of system modifications, experiments and/or capital projects; develops, organizes, analyzes and presents interpretation of results for operational issues or engineering projects of significant scope and complexity
Manages and/or applies extensive technical expertise in the coordination of multiple, complex, non-routine projects involving the planning, design, reconfiguration, construction, maintenance and alteration of systems, facilities or processes.
Working closely with multiple disciplines, including manufacturing, process engineering, utility operations, maintenance, quality assurance, and validation to manage a diverse portfolio of projects
Provide technical support to commercial and clinical manufacturing as needed
Develop and execute strategic initiatives for long-range planning and lifecycle upgrades of various Automation platforms.
Provide mentorship to Automation Engineering team in daily operations; Troubleshoot and resolve equipment, automation or process issues in the field.
Ensure optimal and cost-effective performance and reliability for process systems
Develop, organize, analyze, and present results for operational issues and engineering projects of moderate scope and complexity
Communicating proactively with supervisor and support staff, highlighting issues and proposing solutions
Provide technical support and issue resolution 24×7 on-call support of Process control, Building control and Data Historian systems on a rotating basis.
Basic Qualifications
Doctorate degree
Master's degree and 3 years of IS or Automation experience
Bachelor's degree and 5 years of IS or Automation experience
Associate's degree and 10 years of IA or Automation experience
High school diploma / GED and 12 years of IS or Automation experience
Preferred Qualifications
Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering or related technical field
5+ years experience in engineering in a manufacturing support environment with at least 3 years experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industries.
Experience with Mammalian Cell Culture, Protein Purification, Clean Utilities, CIP, SIP, Production Services and non-GMP Utilities preferred.
Experience with Tech Transfer, Process Design, and Commissioning
Experience with validation and change control methodology
Direct experience with regulated environments (i.e. cGMP, OSHA, EPA) including detailed understanding of cGMPs.
Ability to evaluate automation systems from a compliance perspective and ensure adherence to applicable standards (i.e. 21CFR Part 11, EU Annex 11)
Position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work with minimum direction.
Demonstrated interpersonal and facilitation skills and ability to work in a collaborative team based environment.
Ability to apply analytical skills to evaluate and interpret complex problems using multiple sources of information
Demonstrated ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams and embrace a team-based culture
Project management experience executing computerized system upgrades, both hardware and software, at a 24×7 manufacturing operation.
Demonstrated experience working with automation systems preferably Rockwell PLCs and HMIs, Rockwell FactoryTalk HMI, Building Management System, IFIX SCADA, DeltaV DCS and OSI PI historian.
Familiarity with virtual infrastructure using VMware and understanding the integration between virtual and physical systems. In addition to knowledge of Windows active directory management.
Direct hands on experience with lifecycle management of Process Automation and Building Automation systems.
Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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