Principal Information Systems Automation Engineer

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Aug 09, 2019
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
Main Job Purpose:


This role will act as the Operations Information Systems (OIS) automation and Information Systems (IS) project leader for site projects including expansions and upgrade activities. The individual will build consensus between the individual requirements of facility management, engineering, information systems, and corporate standard architectures to design the project specific automation architecture for project activities. This position requires a good understanding of programming, design, installation and lifecycle management of manufacturing process controls, automation, IS/IT network and field instrumentation technologies. The role also contributes to the IS and Automation strategy at the site, contributing is outlining roadmaps for technology and integration.

Key Activities for the role including:
  • Automation Project Leader for site projects including expansions and upgrade activities, providing day to day technical leadership to the project team in all project phases (design, delivery, startup, commissioning, validation and operational support).
  • Support projects business case developing scope of works, performing cost estimation and project tasks duration
  • Ensure the project budget, schedule and staffing is commensurate to enabling the Process Control Systems (PCS), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Building Automation Systems (BAS), and Plant Information Systems to attain the performance standards required to support the business objectives.
  • Act as client interface, point of contact and resolve client concerns, developing and reporting project results, technical mentorship of a project from concept to delivery, detailed project planning, management of suppliers/contractors/Systems integrators/OEMs, system commissioning and validation, technical solution evaluation, schedule tracking.
  • Lead and run staff, the jobholder will direct the activity of others in matrix, internal or external reporting relationships
  • Build positive relationships with partners, contribute to key decision-making and influence the development of business area strategy where appropriate.
  • Operational vendor management and contract negotiations with focus on Automation Systems Integrators and OEM suppliers.
  • Ensuring compliance with practices, policies, procedures, legal requirements and goals of project sponsors and approved methodologies, develop supporting documentation and monitor budget tracking/ timeliness/ scheduled

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree plus 2 years of Information Systems experience


Master's degree plus 6 years of Information Systems experience


Bachelor's degree plus 8 years of Information Systems experience


Associate's degree plus 10 years of Information Systems experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Information Systems experience

  • Ability to translate strategic opportunities and emerging technology solutions into tangible pragmatic executable plans allied to the ability to apply corporate blueprint and standards using business drivers to local business needs and project requirements.
  • Ability to anticipate, evaluate and resolve multiple, simultaneous project issues, delays and problems by utilizing technical, project management, and business expertise.
  • Working knowledge of GAMP software development lifecycle, ANSI/ISA-S88 and S95 industry standards and methodologies to establish a PCS, BAS, and MES implementation and Systems Integration that meets Operations' business requirements.
  • Experience with Emerson DeltaV, Rockwell FactoryTalk, Siemens & Rockwell PLC's, OSIsoft PI Data Historian, Werum MES and Siemens BAS is preferred.
  • Understanding of cyber security principles as applied to operations technologies.
  • Experience with designing information interfaces, data conversion, and network and infrastructure fundamentals
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work with minimum direction.
  • Proven interpersonal and facilitation skills and ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to lead and influence multi-functional teams and embrace a team-based culture
  • Experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industries.

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering creative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and uses 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.

Our culture is what makes Amgen a special place to work. We have a powerful shared purpose around our mission - to serve patients. We respect one another, recognize contributions, and have embedded collaboration, trust, empowerment and inclusion in all that we do.

We equip all our staff members to live well-rounded, balanced lives. Most recently, Amgen added benefits for transgender employees and continues to pride itself on industry-leading, family-friendly offerings for families of all compositions.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.