Sr. Manager, Automation Engineering

Sanford, North Carolina, United States
Oct 23, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Sr. Manager, Automation Engineering is responsible for managing a high performance Automation Engineering team that directly and indirectly supports all (vaccines and gene therapy) cGMP manufacturing operations at the Sanford site. Position is responsible for strategic planning in the automation space, automation delivery on strategic and baseline capital projects, developing and managing a highly technical team of automation engineers including other people leaders. Position provides strategic input into cGMP related functions such as Data Integrity. Position interfaces above site and across the Biotech network to ensure Sanford is aligned with Pfizer Automation strategies and concepts, including cyber-security. Position represents the functional area to senior management and is expected to have an organization-wide perspective for all programs involving his/her functional area and to set priorities accordingly, based on site and Company objectives.

This role has accountability for the following:
  • Talent management (automation space)
  • Project management
  • Subject matter expertise for facilities, equipment and controls
  • Automation systems such as Delta V, PI Historian, BMS, etc
  • Engineering input in problem solving
  • Continuous improvement activities
  • Engineering change management
  • Engineering regulatory compliance

  • Provides strategic leadership and guidance for the design and maintenance of all automation systems at the Sanford site. Supports strategic capital projects for the design and operation of equipment, facility and controls as well as ownership of key automation systems in compliance with internal guidance & external regulations.
  • Provides leadership, supervision and performance management to the Automation Engineering department. Establishes department goals, objectives and performance expectations for direct reports and the department. Provide priorities, ongoing feedback and recognition.
  • Responsible for personnel activities of the department such as recruitment, hiring, performance evaluations, succession planning and salary adjustments. Monitors department personnel progress in accomplishing assigned project objectives, quality, budget and scheduled commitments. Provides counseling to colleagues as needed and assures that appropriate training is provided to department colleagues. Enforces company and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Establishes contacts across the Pfizer network and externally within the industry to share best practices for automation systems and controls, cyber-security, data integrity, etc.
  • Adheres to and enforces all site safety standards. Participates in safety training events and ensures that all staff safety training is completed in a timely manner.
  • Ensures the department adheres to cGMP requirements and is fully trained in all relevant policies and procedures as well as all federal and global regulations.
  • Provides feedback to peers and colleagues in other departments, and actively supports activities such as safety, continuous improvement and recognition.

  • A minimum of a BS in an engineering or scientific discipline with at least 10 years relevant experience, OR MS or Phd in an engineering or scientific discipline with at least 8 years relevant experience is required.
  • Relevant experience in pharmaceutical, biotech or biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment could be obtained in Engineering, Quality, Technical Operations, Manufacturing or Development.
  • 5 years of direct supervisory-level or managerial-level experience is required.
  • Candidate should have strong administrative, managerial, computer, and presentation skills.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, process equipment, project management, equipment automation and critical automation systems.
  • A thorough understanding of the relevant portions of cGMP regulations is required.
  • Experience in project management and/or qualification and verification is required.
  • Candidate should demonstrate the highest technical and managerial competency and should demonstrate the capability to assume higher managerial posts. In addition to scope of responsibility, other factors impacting level include technical complexity, budgetary accountability, level of interpersonal/outside contacts, and critical thinking/decision making ability.
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

  • Night or weekend work may occasionally be required to meet project deadlines.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 10/30/2020
  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus
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