Amgen

Senior Automation Engineer

Employer
Amgen
Location
Rhode Island, RI, US
Posted
Mar 22, 2019
Ref
R-73002
Required Education
Doctorate/PHD/MD
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is seeking a Senior Automation Engineer , internally known as a Specialist IS (Information Systems) Automation Engineer, in our state-of-the-art Rhode Island facility to join the Automation Engineering team and who will report to the Senior Manager of Information Systems.

As a senior member of the Automation Engineering team, the Specialist will support complex and challenging process automation initiatives that require understanding of analytical problem-solving techniques, project management, lifecycle management and Operational Excellence. Additionally, the Specialist is responsible for providing project leadership and daily operational support to the Automation Engineering team at the Amgen Rhode Island site.

Key responsibilities of the Specialist include:
  • Leads and supports of capital projects
  • Facilitates the application of advanced automation engineering principles in the design, specification, construction, startup, and validation of process and GMP utilities equipment and systems for capital projects of significant scope and complexity
  • Leads and supports technical root cause analysis, incident investigations, and troubleshooting on process control issues related to electrical, instrumentation and control systems
  • Leads and supports new product introductions or new technology introductions by performing engineering assessments, implementing automation system configuration changes and supporting engineering runs
  • Devises new approaches to complex problems through adaptations and modifications of standard automation technical principles
  • Works closely with multiple disciplines, including manufacturing, process engineering, utility operations, maintenance, quality assurance, and validation to manage a diverse portfolio of projects
  • Provides technical support to commercial and clinical manufacturing as needed
  • Develops and executes strategic initiatives for long-range planning and lifecycle upgrades of various Automation platforms with activities including managing a 5 year roadmap of systems, presenting high level scope and cost estimates to executives for annual capital funding plan, and project management of initiatives once approved for execution
  • Provides mentorship to Automation Engineering team in daily operations
  • Communicates proactively with multiple levels within the organization, highlighting issues and proposing solutions
  • Provides technical support and issue resolution 24x7 on-call support of Automation systems on a rotational based frequency
  • Applies experience and knowledge of industry best practices and tools to attain an innovative organization


Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree

OR

Master's degree and 3 years of automation and/or engineering experience

OR

Bachelor's degree and 5 years of automation and/or engineering experience

OR

Associate's degree and 10 years of automation and/or engineering experience

OR

High school diploma / GED and 12 years of automation and/or engineering experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Chemical or Electrical Engineering or related technical field
  • 5+ years' experience in Process Automation Engineering in a manufacturing support environment with at least 3+ years experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industries
  • 5+ years' combined experience with the following product platforms: Rockwell systems and/or Emerson DeltaV DCS systems
  • 5+ years' experience with building automation systems with preference to Siemens Apogee or Desigo platforms
  • Programming expertise with SCADA, PLC, HMI, and wed based applications
  • Familiarity with industry standards for batch control systems, software development life cycle methodologies, S88, 21 CFR Part 11, Validation, and GAMP
  • Strong control system automation background. Design, installation, programming and validation of automated processes
  • Experience with Mammalian Cell Culture, Protein Purification, Clean Utilities, CIP, SIP, Production Services and non-GMP Utilities preferred
  • Experience with Tech Transfer, Process Design, and Commissioning
  • Experience with validation and change control methodology


Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.