Sr Automation Engineer
, California
November 18, 2017
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
1) Ability to prioritize multiple tasks from multiple customers.
2) Subject Matter Expert (SME) expected to lead and mentor other process control engineers and/or technicians as directed regarding automation systems.
3) Manage administration of control system.
4) With minimal guidance, schedules and leads a team through the planning and execution of a smaller project or defined piece of a larger project. This includes constructing detailed, accurate project schedules, interfacing with cross-functional development groups and technical support groups.
5) Able to contribute to cost estimating of major capital budget items and the spending of approved project funds. In addition, performs financial planning and assists in the analysis to justify project approval.
6) Ability to manage routine small projects with complex features without assistance.
7) Investigate and analyze customer service problems and design improvement suggestions. Recommend design improvements through adaptations and modifications of standard technical principles.
1) Must know how to effectively lead and motivate less experienced engineers. May have to supervise a group of automation engineers. This includes being able to effectively operate in and potentially facilitate cross functional teams with guidance.
2) Knowledge of the basic principles in various engineering disciplines. Preferable to have QLP Green Belt certification.
3) Must know how to effectively run projects, coordinate contractors, and direct the activities of technicians. Must have the ability to organize and present technical and project management overviews without assistance.
4) Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing.
5) Knowledge of pharmaceutical production equipment including autoclaves, parts washer, lyophilizers, process tanks, filling machines and CIP/SIP systems.
6) Ability to make recommendations to management on courses of action with minimal assistance using both written and verbal methods.
7) Must be able to provide solutions that reflect understanding business objectives and cost implications.
8) Must have good verbal/written communication skills
Living our leadership behaviors is a basic expectation for all Shire employees. Shire expects all employees to embody the following:

Leadership Behaviors
  • Be Positive
  • Be Accountable
  • Be Results Oriented
  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others
Education and/or Experience
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in engineering preferred with at least 8-10 years of related automation/controls experience in a GMP pharmaceutical environment is required. Experience with control systems (Allen Bradley, Intellution/iFix, Siemens BAS, Siemens S7, WinnCC, OSI-PI Historian and Vision sytems (Systech/Cognex), (Delta V experience a plus) ) especially in both batch/standalone in a manufacturing environment is preferred. Solid experience with automation system instrumentation and field device technology.
Working Environment
• May occasionally work in controlled or clean room environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in these work environments.
• May occasionally be working in a loud area that requires hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.
• May work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and celite that may require respiratory protection.
• Will be required to participate in the Engineering department's after hour on-call support
• May be required to work or be assigned to a different shift as needed
• Must be able to work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a workweek as required
• May occasionally require shift, weekend and holiday work.
• Will have interaction with other people.
• Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.
• May be required to travel for business reasons, e.g. training and meetings.
Physical Demand
• The overall physical exertion of this position is sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one, which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.
• May be required to stand and walk frequently to access other areas in the facility.
• Will be required to use repetitive motion frequently of hand, fingers, and wrist for the purpose of typing and data entry.
• Will be required to grip and grasp frequently when using computer mouse.

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