Job Ref: 03274 Recruiter: Tom Doyle
Country: Ireland Location: Dublin
Job Category: Process, Pharma Life Science, Salary Range: €Negotiable

Job Description

Automation Engineer. (Dublin) Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Overall Objective:  To provide technical support to the Business Units, Quality and Technical Services Departments on all automated processes and be responsible for the performance of automated system site wide at our clients pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. With the following key working relationships: Global Automation Team, Global Serialisation Team, Dublin Automation and Manufacturing IT Department,  Site Wide Executives,  Serialisation Support,  Technical Services Department,  Operations.

Suitable applicants will have:

  • Third level qualification Degree (or higher) in Engineering or Science and/or relevant qualifications in Environment, Health and Safety plus a minimum of 4+ years experience working as an Automation Engineer with a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing end user client.
  • Meet the “competent person” requirements as detailed in the H&S legislation.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Team oriented.
  • Fast acting – including an ability to quickly understand and evaluate complex issues and make decisions based on the analysis.
  • Strategic mind-set.
  • Achieves results while achieving deadlines.
  • Works independently.
  • Self-driven.

Role and Responsibilities include:

  • To direct and manage the installation of new automated capital equipment so that the relevant department receives a standard and reliable process that requires the minimum of support resources.
  • To provide a first class professional backup service to Business Units, Quality, Logistics and Technical Services Departments in terms of technical and operational support. In particular in diagnosing problems, faults and alarms.
  • Support the operation of the company’s Serialisation Site system (3S) and the software/hardware systems integral to the 3S system, such as HMIs, Scanners, and system software GTS, MTS, HTS, STS etc.
  • To ensure operators, engineers and supervisors are trained on new technology in the process automation area and to encourage feedback so that equipment performance may be optimised.
  • To monitor and control the acquisition of new computerised equipment/ software and ensure that we are standardising on equipment type as much as possible.
  • To study, evaluate and document existing processes and highlight areas on systems where errors or potential errors may occur.
  • To modify control strategies and redesign Automated Process Plant where appropriate to suit current and future requirements.
  • To liaise effectively with the Business Units, QA and Compliance in carrying out the above work so that the requirements of each in terms of quality, cost and output are met.
  • To follow up on qualification deviations.
  • To provide a validation, in particular software validation, service to other Departments when required.
  • Provide an independent auditing function on suppliers of computerised systems and their software.
  • Liaise with Project Engineers to ensure any new or changed instrumentation is done to the relevant calibration SOPs.
  • Maintain all automation drawings, manuals, records and documentation in an orderly and accessible fashion and in accordance with the Engineering Documentation Procedures.
  • Provide back-up diagnostic assistance to all areas on instrumentation problems.
  • To promote good industrial relations.
  • To ensure that all work is to the highest standards and in compliance with all requirements i.e. FDA, GMP, GAMP, etc.
  • To communicate effectively within the Department and particularly with the customer.
  • Ensure that change control procedures are strictly adhered to, while advising the customer on their duties in this respect.
  • Ensure that all procedures described in the Department SOP’s, WI’s and Guidelines are strictly adhered to.
  • Pay due care and attention to Health and Safety and Environmental matters.
  • Support the operation of the company’s EBR FTPS (FactoryTalk PharmaSuite) system and the software/hardware systems integral to the EBR system such as Scales, HMIs, scanners and the TCPCOM and Kepware software.
  • Manage and support the OEE management system, Provideam.
  • To provide on-call support to 24/7 operations.
  • To participate in problem solving exercises.

Main Areas of Responsibility:

  • Process Control and Automation.
  • Controllers – PLCs, DCS, microprocessors, etc.
  • SCADA systems – Iltis, RSView, FTView etc.
  • Temperatures, Pressures, Masses, Conductivities, Flow rates, Flow meters.
  • Diagnostics on Above Items.
  • Antares Serialisation systems.
  • BMS and PMS systems.

 For further information or to apply:  Please contact: Tom Doyle at kppm in Dublin,  P: 086 8205038.  E:

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