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Senior Automation Engineer

Company name
Allergan plc

Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type

Engineering, Chemistry, It

Posted on
Feb 01,2019

Valid Through
May 17,2019

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Feb 1, 2019


Rho, IT, 20017


Teva Pharmaceuticals

Company Info

Teva is a global pharmaceutical leader and the world’s largest generic medicines producer, committed to improving health and increasing access to quality health solutions worldwide. 

Our employees are at the core of our success, with colleagues in over 80 countries delivering the world’s largest medicine cabinet to 200 million people every day.

We offer a uniquely diverse portfolio of products and solutions for patients and we’ve built a promising pipeline centered around our core therapeutic areas. 

We are continually developing patient-centric solutions and significantly growing both our generic and specialty medicines business through investment in research and development, marketing, business development and innovation. 

This is how we improve health and enable people to live better, healthier lives.  Join us on our journey of growth!

Job Description

Primary Role:

This person will be a key player in the conceptual design, detailed design, specification, implementation, commissioning, trouble-shooting, and continuous improvement of automation and instrumentation for biopharmaceutical production and development facilities, with a focus on building automation.

Candidate will be the primary liaison between Manufacturing and Facility clients and external engineering and vendor resources in the conceptual design, detailed design, specification, procurement, construction, and commissioning of automation systems for cGMP production facilities. All system improvements will be made in conjunction with Manufacturing, Facilities, Manufacturing Technical Services, Quality Assurance, Validation and Regulatory.

Must be able to work in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary environment.


Operational Support

Provides solutions to complex reliability and operational problems.

Owns and ensures timely closure of equipment related quality systems

Control System Support

Subject matter expert for the automation system

Owns and maintains the design and specifications for equipment and instrumentation

Develops automation related SOPs

Serves as subject matter expert for quality systems associated with automation systems

Evaluates new technologies for their application within a licensed GMP manufacturing facility

Maintains control system – system & application backups, virus protection, operating system patches, etc.

Assists in establishing preventative maintenance requirements and maintaining spare parts support system


Specifies and documents requirements

Implements requirements following Teva engineering standard practices

Delivers automation design documentation

Programs, configures, and integrates new equipment into an existing PCS/BMS.

Develops, reviews, and approves engineering standard practices through collaboration with partner departments – Validation, Metrology, Facilities, etc.

Ensure standards are followed and there is cross-site consistency for both in-house and contractor supported changes

Develop commissioning test plans for automation changes

Large Project Support

Provides budgetary and schedule estimates for the automation requirements of projects related to new and existing process equipment and control systems

Communicate project requirements to vendors to obtain proposals for hardware and software changes

Provides project team with automation requirements

Provides control system hardware and instrumentation requirements

Develops automation project documentation

Support process and facilities engineers in equipment commissioning

Pre/Post approve control system validation protocols

Troubleshoot and remediate exceptions found during validation

Assists process engineers in troubleshooting and remediation of failures

Assist in releasing control system for operation

Small Project Support

Owns and manages business and quality systems related to project

Provides and/or ensures generation of all supporting documentation (scope documents; approval slides; work orders; protocols)

Implements automation changes as specified in requirements documents

Uses project management skills to schedule, track progress, and make adjustments

Education & Experience Requirements

Required education: Bachelors degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical Engineering, or computer Science with appropriate industrial controls experience.

Required experience: minimum 8-10 years BMS,PLC, SCADA, delta V and instrumentation configuration, programming, and design in a cGMP environment.

Desired experience: Schneider Electric and Johnson Controls BMS systems, Rockwell PLC and SCADA systems, PI Historian, Siemens PLC Step 7, iFix, iHistorian, Industrial Ethernet networks, Profibus and AS-I networks.

Familiarity with facilities, building and HVAC automation principles.

Batch processing understanding preferred.

Key Skills and Competencies

Effective verbal and written communication skills

Able to effectively manage the automation lifecycle of controls components

Ability to effectively document and specify control specifications; both new from the ground up, and changes to existing systems.

Knowledge of IEC 1131 programming languages (structured languages), HVAC Control, and current trends in automation validation

Experience with current trends in automation and instrumentation to be able to select and implement modern controls architectures

Strong verbal and written communication skills required

Excellent interpersonal skills required

Adherence to domestic and international GMP regulations

Strong organizational and teamwork skills

Ability to multi-task in a dynamic environment with changing priorities

Proficiency with Microsoft products; ability to learn additional software applications, as the need arises – TrackWise experience a plus.

Other Job Components

Individual must be capable of performing assignments that have loosely defined objectives that require investigation of a large number of variables.

Can function as a technical expert to equipment and systems regarding troubleshooting and operations.

Ability to apply diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments and related fields.

Work with cross-functional groups in developing requirements and recommendations for highly complex automation system modifications.

Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.

Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Complete understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards.

Full knowledge of industry practices.

Work is performed under general direction.

Participates in determining objectives of assignment.

Plan schedules and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives.

Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.

Exerts some influence on the overall objectives and long-range goals of the organization.

In addition to working closely with members of the Engineering group and external Engineering resources, this individual will have regular contact with Manufacturing and Facility clients.

The candidate must be able to integrate the Validation and Quality department requirements into all aspects of the daily routine.

Networks with key contacts outside own area of expertise.

Serves as consultant to management and special external spokesperson for the organization on major matters pertaining to its policies, plans, and objectives.

Teva’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment

Teva Pharmaceuticals is committed to equal opportunity in employment. It is Teva's global policy that equal employment opportunity be provided without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran status, national or ethnic origin or any other legally recognized status entitled to protection under applicable laws.



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Allergan plc
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Company Profile
Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world. Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.