Automation Engineer - Filling, Assembly, Packaging, PLCs

San Francisco Bay Area
Feb 16, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Automation Engineer will join a Team of very talented and skilled Engineers working to provide flexible, innovative,cost effective, compliant and quality-focused Automation systems solutions for the manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals.  As part of the Engineering and Technology Team you will be focused in the implementation and support of Filling, Assembly, Packaging, and other PLC and SCADA based automated equipment and systems.

The incumbent will provide Automation support to the daily operations and continuous improvement for the Pilot Plant, Bulk Manufacturing, Filling, Assembly, Packaging, Utilities, Facilities and other DCS and PLC Automated Equipment and Control Systems on a GMP regulated environment. Other responsibilities include implementation of technical changes to existing control system hardware and software, supervision of modifications done by outside vendors, including development of specifications and testing documentation, and participation in Capital equipment and automation projects with guidance from project leads.

The Engineer will participate in a rotating after-hour on call program.
As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees

Duties & Responsibilities:
- Participates and executes automation based projects and solutions in collaboration with cross-functional teams, including determination and delivery on cost, time and quality to ensure the sustained production, successful product launches and customer satisfaction. These projects may be new facilities and/or retrofit of existing.
- Supports the validation of automation systems with the qualification and validation functions
- Provides technical support to projects in support of the BI Capital Plan.
- Automation technical knowledge for troubleshooting, investigations and training.
- Automation system hardware and software support, including installation.
- Automation system design for data integrity, stability and interface between different systems
- Ensuring effective maintenance and availability of automation equipment
- Implementing automation changes to existing control system hardware and software, supervising hardware and software modifications done by outside vendors, and development of specifications and testing documentation.
- Responsible for technical optimization of the automation systems
- Creation, modification, and maintenance of automation system and documentation, including automation specification documents and SOPs, in a compliant state
- Contributes to, supports, and leads BPE/MPE activities to ensure a continuous optimization process
- Utilizes best practices of automation technical standards and procedures locally.
- Participates in project reviews
- Interfaces with Manufacturing, Process Science, QA, and Contract Engineering/Vendor firms to develop User
Requirements and Functional Requirements Specifications.

- Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Engineering, preferably computer Science, Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, from an accredited university or college.
- At least five (5) years of relevant work experience.
- Experience in the configuration, support and testing of one or more of the following systems is required: Delta V DCS, Siemens BMS, SCADA/PLC control systems, and/or OSI PI. Other Automated Control Systems to be supported includes Simatic and Rockwell HMIs, Cognex Vision Systems, Sick Sensors, and Serialization (Track and Trace) systems.
- Experience in a regulated manufacturing environment, preferably pharmaceuticals.
- Working knowledge of the process equipment, instrumentation, and/or computerized systems typically applied to biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes
- Detail-oriented, with excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong technical writing and presentation skills
- Ability to be flexible and manage change
- Ability to communicate and collaborate with technical and management staff
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Strong analytical skills to identify potential improvement opportunities, and drive to opportunities to realization
- Good knowledge of economic relations and business needs.
- Ability to effectively collaborate in multidisciplinary project groups and deal with customers and suppliers.
- Good understanding of legal and regulatory aspects within biopharmaceutical business and EHS.

Eligibility Requirements:
- Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.
- Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required)
- Must be 18 years of age or older

Our Culture:
Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and operates globally with approximately 50,000 employees. Since our founding in 1885, the company has remained family-owned and today we are committed to creating value through innovation in three business areas including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. Since we are privately held, we have the ability to take an innovative, longterm view. Our focus is on scientific discoveries and the introduction of truly novel medicines that improve lives and provide valuable services and support to patients and their families. Employees are challenged to take initiative and achieve outstanding results. Ultimately, our culture and drive allows us to maintain one of the highest levels of excellence in our industry. We are also deeply committed to our communities and our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen the neighborhoods where we live and work. Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc., Merial Barceloneta, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status, including protected
veteran status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Boehringer Ingelheim is firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, productive and efficient work environment for our employees, partners and customers. As part of that commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim conducts pre-employment verifications and drug screenings.