Posted to MedZilla on 11/11/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-GA, Utilities Automation Sr Engineer II SR0042168-MZ


Primary Duties

The position will provide operational and project support for the Utilities Automation infrastructure. It may be required to participate in a rotating after-hour process control support function. The position requires that the engineer become familiar with the manufacturing process, utilities generation or operations. Support capital and continues improvement (CI) projects involving PLC and distributed Control Systems- with software changes adhering to change control requirements. The position requires supporting the following utilities automation system implemented on the following vendor platforms Allen Bradley / Rockwell (Logix family PLC s, FactoryTalk, RSview, etc.), Honeywell Controllers HC900 and EBI SCADA, OSI-PI plant historian, reporting tools, Control System network (Cisco communication devices) and others.


  • Work independently with minimal supervision to execute all facets of projects.
  • Expected to make suggestions on improvements based on supporting data, technical knowledge, engineering principles and current industry practices.
  • Manage or support Automation components medium to large capital project with minimal assistance.
  • Lead the planning and execution automation components for medium and large capital working in cross-functional teams as the Engineering lead/representative for the utilities automation area
  • Define project scopes, prepare cost estimates, and provide justification for major capital budget items.
  • Manage and control spending of approved project funds.
  • Drive projects to completion, timeline and budget objectives.
  • Create or update written Stand Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to project assignments.
  • Create or update technical support specifications (Design/Functional/System) related to project assignments.
  • Supervise contractors and junior level engineering personnel on project and operactional support activities.
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement with respect to increasing job knowledge and proficiency related to engineering in the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as technical understanding/problem solving capability.
  • Stay current with biopharmaceutical industry best practices and technologies. Evaluate customer problems or requirements and address those thru the system solutions or design.
  • Design and implement changes to BAS control systems while adhering to pharmaceutical validation and change control standards.
    Troubleshoot and diagnose control system problems.
  • Perform event s investigation related to utilities automation system and implement the corrective and preventive action required to address the event.
    Perform and document hardware/software modifications, and system functional specification updates.
    Prepare standard operating procedures for new and existing control equipment.
    Mentor Utility Automation Engineer on the system functionalities and sequence of operation

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor s degree in engineering with at least 8+ years, of related automation/controls experience in a GMP pharmaceutical environment is required.
  • Strong programming/design hands-on experience with Building Automation System (Honeywell, Rockwell, or other) and SCADA systems is required:
  • Experience configuring, troubleshooting and using Windows Operating Systems, Networking, virtualization and Databases for Control System Applications
  • Experience with data historians (like OSI-PI), MS-SQL and reporting tools are desirable.
  • Experience supporting of control systems in the Bio- Pharma industry.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Must have a demonstrated track record of successfully executing automation and control system projects, and supporting operating facility, in a FDA-regulated manufacturing environment.
  • Possess knowledge of core principles in various engineering disciplines including manufacturing (i.e.. cell culture/fractionation//purification/aseptic filling/packaging/cGMP facility design), support systems (WFI/RO/clean steam/compressed gases/HVAC) and facility design.
  • Display a solid understanding of theories/practices utilized by other disciplines outside primary area of expertise
  • Must have excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills; able to efficiently communicate with cross- functional teams and management on recommended course of action, with minimal assistance.
  • Must have proficient computer skills and be experienced using MS Office software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), MSVisio and MS Project.
  • Must have the ability to effectively lead Engineering projects, coordinate contractors, and drive results. Direct experience with manufacturing operations and biotechnology processes is strongly preferred.
  • Must possess basic knowledge of core principles in various engineering disciplines (fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics etc.), as well as be experienced applying project management methodology.
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team-based environment.
  • Knowledge of programmable logic controllers, industrial controllers, instrumentation and controls highly desirable.
  • Has the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be a self-starter, detail oriented and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must embrace working in a fast-paced, team-oriented, cross-functional environment.

Working Environment

  • Will occasionally work in a cleanroom environment and wear special garments (requires removal of make-up and jewelry).
  • Must occasionally wear personal protective equipment (e.g. hard hats, safety shoes, safety glasses, ear plugs) due to safety requirements in specific areas.
  • Will occasionally be exposed to dust, gases, and fumes, moving equipment and machinery.
  • Will occasionally work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, caustics, buffers, bleach and celite that may require respiratory protection.
  • May occasionally climb ladders and stairs to higher elevations.
  • May be required to work weekends, evenings, and off-hours, extended periods of time.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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