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Global Automation Engineer

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Wilmington, DE
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Full time
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Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

                                       Location:Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Job reference: R-006196

Posted date: Apr. 17, 2017



   At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Global Automation Engineer in Wilmington, DE, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.  

   As a technical leader to support the uplift of automation capability (e.g. serialization, aggregation, tamper evident labeling) at packing sites to meet the requirements of both market legislation and the Global Product Security Standard, the Global Automation Engineer is responsible for technical management of automated solutions to support the Global Product Security Strategy which incorporates both new equipment and upgrades to existing equipment. To include preparation of user requirements specifications, design, testing, integration and Qualification. Ensures compliance with the Global Product Security Standards, processes and specifications and adherence to market legislation. Works collaboratively with Global Packaging & Product Security team, Global Engineering, multiple AstraZeneca sites, CMO’s and multiple vendors. Act as Global system owner and key technical contact supporting supplier relationship manager for specified equipment/solutions. Create necessary central documentation to support the deployment of solutions across sites. Supports equipment troubleshooting with technicians, consultants and vendor support. Supports/leads training activities for end users, and technicians in Automation technologies and applications. Create and manage Global Product Security documents, specifications and Standards in AZ systems. Share best practice across AstraZeneca sites and obtain feedback on current solutions to ensure continuous improvement. Exhibit leadership qualities to make decisions where needed. Collaborate with global team/suppliers, to drive results, and maintain a quality focus. Establish & manage ongoing relationships with key stakeholders at the sites and the Global team to create supportive environments. Willing to travel internationally to support business needs.  

   Additionally, the Global Automation Engineer is accountable/responsible for technical management of traceability solutions for new packaging machines and upgrades to existing equipment. Full lifecycle testing and handover of deployable solutions to the business. Accountable to ensure that all applied technologies are practical, operator friendly, compliant and reliable. Support 3rd Party CMOs with their serialization program to ensure AZ requirements are met and connection to the AZ Central database is enabled. Produce a plan and schedule of own work activities in accordance with specific deadlines. Report progress on achievement versus the plan and schedule to affected stakeholders Flag any issues with resourcing. Manage and participate in Risk assessments, FMEA studies. Identify risks in a timely manner and provide options for resolution. Ensure risks are entered in the risk log. Support equipment troubleshooting with technicians, consultants and vendor support. Understands and implement full lifecycle management to support Validation. Able and willing to work in a collaborative team environment. Can identify when to call upon additional support from other team members or outside the team. Can work with a range of people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and opinions. Can call upon a range of influencing styles in order to engage with different people. Overcomes constraints, barriers and impositions to progress, persisting until an agreed solution is reached.  



  •      5+ years experience supporting Automation technology, preferably within the Pharmaceutical industry.    
  •      Experience and knowledge of secondary packaging equipment.    
  •      A strong working knowledge of pack coding, PLC/HMI installation, commissioning and Qualification, networks and supporting infrastructure.    
  •      Broad and in-depth knowledge and practical experience of computer and application validation (preferably using GAMP methodology), cGMPs, and 21 CFR Part 11 in a FDA regulated environment.    
  •      Working knowledge and understanding of EHS Practices and regulations with respect to the installation of automated plant and equipment.    
  •      Effective communicator with a positive and confident attitude both written and verbally.    
  •      Experience of working globally.    


  •      Education and Training to Degree or HND level within a relevant field applicable to the role such as Electrical / Automation / Control / Software systems    
  •      Project management skills    

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   To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience -- it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.  

   AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.