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Automation and Control Enigneer

Job Description

Degree or equivalent in chemical, electrical, controls, or automation engineering 
Experience of working within a manufacturing environment. 
Technical expertise/ knowledge Control systems (PLC, DCS, PLC, SCADA)

In depth technical expertise/ knowledge in several scientific and automation engineering areas which will include a number of the following:-
-Instrumentation (sensors, actuators, PMT)
-Motion and control (invertors, servo)
-Electrical Design (control panel and field wiring)
-IT Infrastructure (network ,firewalls, data storage)
-Manufacturing Execution Systems (Data historians, EBR, OEE, SAP)
-ISA Standards (S95, S88)
-P&ID nomenclature and electrical wiring diagrams
-Communication networks and protocols (serial, Profibus, Ethernet)
-Integration technologies (OPC, XML, BatchML)
-Database knowledge (SQL, Oracle, data warehousing, architecture)
-EHS process and standards (CE, PUWER, HAZOP, CHAZOP)

Broad knowledge and practical experience of computer and application validation (preferably using GAMP methodology), cGMPs, and 21 CFR Part 11 in an FDA regulated environment
Working knowledge and understanding of current Good Manufacturing Practices including Good Documentation Practices
Working knowledge and understanding of EHS Practices with respect to the installation of automated plant. 
Proven track record in providing automation support and maintenance for instrumentation, automation and controls
Capable of working in multi-disciplinary teams across engineering projects, new product introduction and technology projects.

Job Purpose and Key Responsibilities:

Provide technical expertise and implementation resource for a wide range of manufacturing automation and control systems activities on new and existing equipment and facilities. 
Involved in all aspects of automation, instrumentation and control systems through from concept, system design, and implementation, validation and support transition.

Key Responsibilities

Leads improvement and technology projects and lead trouble shooting in response to identified needs.
Responsible for identifying technology related risks to project.
Would work in cross functional engineering teams, cross functional technical teams within site and cross functional project teams with R&D.
Own project teams and automation engineering team
Work within standards and operational policies / procedures for the automation systems on site.
Ensure all work executed is carried out in compliance with current legislation and policy
Provide second level support to the existing automation systems to ensure production targets are met.
Identify, develop and implement approved automation system changes to support manufacturing operations
Support the implementation of the site automation strategy
Identify external uncertainties that may affect their work and plans contingencies.
Support the NPI process by providing automation engineering and expertise
Keep up to date with technologies to ensure the appropriate solutions are utilised to maximise business benefits
Work at all times in line with current EHS legislation and the company policies and procedures to maintain own, team and public safety


Implement and manage coding standards for software changes under full change control.
Ensure site documentation is appropriately managed
Develop, implement, measure, report and enhance Service Level Agreements with Client departments.
Ensure that systems are maintained in a validated state using such approaches as Change Control and Configuration Management
Provide second line support as required to client groups in compliance with agreed SLAs
Implement and deliver training programmes for plant staff
Ensure critical spares coverage and lifecycle investment plans are developed for all automation systems
Vendor management including third party project resource and support agreements
Contribute to the design and development work in support of equipment selection, installation and validation (including business process change)
Provide training for other process or production engineers in the lead expert discipline
Assist with the improvement of process control systems and working practices, and improve process capability by working in Partnership with the Site's New Product Introduction and Technology Group.
Provide process automation expertise and lead safety assessments where appropriate e.g. CE, PUWER, HAZOP, CHAZOPS
Working to high standards of Quality and Safety in compliance with contemporary industry and internal standards.
Identify opportunities to improve manufacturing processes and support continuous improvement activities