Posted to MedZilla on 9/23/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MN, Automation Engineer 1701628-MZ


Automation Engineer
Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as an Automation Engineer in our Brooklyn Park, Minnesota office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.
As an Automation Engineerworking on the Engineering team, you will be empowered to use your automated process expertise to take ownership of manufacturing systems, and a typical day will include:

  • Acting as technical owner for Process and Utility Systems, with respect to automated process.
  • Assisting Process Engineering personnel with equipment qualification, support of ongoing operations, deviation resolution, maintenance, and decommissioning


  • Create engineering deliverables including: P&IDs, Instrument Data Sheets, Functional Specifications, Panel Drawings, Network Architectures, Standard Operating Procedures, etc.
  • Implement system modifications under cGMP change control
  • Develop and execute Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT), commissioning protocols, and qualification protocols.
  • Support software lifecycle, electronic batch records and electronic signature compliance efforts
  • Participate in investigations into system deviations and implement corrective actions and preventative actions
  • Develop, evaluate, and implement engineering solutions to complex problems
  • Stay current with automation and IT best practices and technologies as related to site activities
  • May serve as project manager on small sized projects (<$1M)
  • Assist lead engineers in development and implementation of programs related to system qualification, asset management, project execution and GEPs
  • Requires participation in on-call support rotation with other automation and process engineering personnel


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related field (Chemical or Electrical Engineering preferred)
  • 0-5 years as an engineer with process automation focus
  • Familiarity with PLC programming and SCADA configuration
  • Familiarity with a variety of instrumentation and sensing technologies related to pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Must have a demonstrated track record of successfully participating in implementation of control system components and strategies.

  • Familiarity with Batch-based control systems and Data Historian systems, SQL databases, Scripting languages (VB, etc.)
  • Knowledge of IT practices with respect to Windows Operating Systems and Networking
  • Experience working in FDA regulated industry utilizing cGMP.
  • Hands on experience with the operation, support, or design of the following systems: bioreactors, centrifugation, chromatography, tangential flow filtration, Clean-in-Place systems, autoclaves, or clean utility systems
  • Experience working in FDA regulated industry utilizing cGMP.
  • Knowledge of Process Engineering and Electrical Engineering Concepts, like fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and power systems
  • Embrace working in a fast-paced, team-oriented, cross-functional environment
  • Occasional climbing of ladders and lifting (25lbs) may be required
  • Will occasionally work in clean-room environment and wear specialized garments (will require removal of make-up and jewelry)
  • Will occasionally work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, caustics, buffers and bleach that may require personal protection
  • Must occasionally wear personal protective equipment (e.g. hard hats, safety shoes, safety glasses, ear plugs)
  • Work in a fast-paced environment, with high expectation for performance
  • Infrequent travel, but may approach 25% during project activities


To further support and inspire our employees, our benefits include:
  • Company-paid volunteer days
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • 401(k) with company match, and annual retirement contribution plan
  • Adoption assistance and tuition reimbursement program

Empowering Our People to Shine

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