Automation Lead

Holly Springs, NC
May 21, 2021
Bio NC
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

We are looking for a Lead of Automation to join in on our journey towards establishing the largest End-to-End cell culture CDMO provider in North America.

As Head of Automation, you will be responsible for setting the direction and managing the automation activities in a $2 billion global project. We offer the possibility of building and leading a visionary business-driven digitalization team with the responsibility for implementing state of the art automation and digital technologies at the new factory.

We are looking for a leader with positive energy, entrepreneurship and courage to empower and inspire others. You will join an organization focusing on growth, a steep learning curve and most importantly a focus on people and what you can bring to the table.

External US

The work we do at FDB has never been more important—and we are looking for talented candidates to join us. We are growing our locations, our capabilities, and our teams, and looking for passionate, mission-driven people like you who want to make a real difference in people's lives. Join FDB and help manufacture the next vaccine, cure, or gene therapy in partnership with some of the most innovative biopharma companies across the globe. We are proud to cultivate a culture that will fuel your passion, energy and drive - what we call Genki.


We are growing our locations and are investing more than $2 billion into establishing a new large-scale manufacturing site for biopharmaceuticals in the United States to accelerate the growth of our Bio CDMO (Contract and Development Manufacturing Organization) business. This will be the largest end-to-end cell culture CDMO provider in North America.

The new site will offer end-to-end solutions to our customers looking to manufacture biopharmaceuticals in the US. In addition to drug substance manufacture, it will also provide automated fill-finish and assembly, packaging, and labeling services. The new site is to be located in Holly Springs, North Carolina, United States.


As the Lead of Automation, you will:


Job Responsibilities

  • Build and lead the automation team as project manager and work package owner 
  • Oversee all aspects of the Drug Substance, Drug product and finished product automation in the Galaxy Project from planning to execution and implementation
  • Leverage design and code prepared in similar Fujifilm project in Denmark
  • Ensure that the automation in the project is completed to a consistently high standard, within budget, and that objectives are met on time, suiting the company's vision and objectives
  • Lead the activities in collaboration with other discipline leads across the project
  • Vendor management across automation
  • Ensure project implementation is well received throughout the organization
  • You should expect the role and responsibilities to develop as the project group expands


We are looking for a candidate with the following background and skill sets:

  • Bachelor or Master in Physical, Chemical or Biological Science, Technical Engineering or equivalent
  • +10 years relevant project management experience from a similar position in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical development and manufacturing environment managing a portfolio of multiple complex programs
  • Experience within system and automated production
  • Experience in a cGMP facility or working with FDA regulations.
  • Good communication skills and fluency in English
  • Knowledge of bio-pharmaceutical production within Fill Finish, Utility, Pen's/devices, and Automation/IT is an advantage

FDBU works with technical data, technology and materials that are subject to U.S. export laws and regulations. This position will require access to technical data, technology and source code that is controlled under U.S. export laws and regulations, including but not limited to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations at 22 C.F.R. Parts 120 – 130 and Export Administration Regulations in 15 C.F.R. Part 730 – 774, as may be amended. To conform to these laws and regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., protected individuals as defined by 8 USC 1324(b)(a)(3) (i.e., asylees and refugees) or otherwise eligible for an export authorization from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce. Offers of employment will be contingent on the Company's ability to secure an export authorization.

FDBU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify or any other protected class.


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