Senior Associate Automation Engineer

Sanford, North Carolina
Jan 25, 2022
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
Why Patients Need You

Whether you are involved in the design and development of manufacturing processes for products or supporting maintenance and reliability, engineering is vital to making sure customers and patients have the medicines they need, when they need them. Working with our innovative engineering team, you'll help bring medicines to the world even faster by imagining what’s possible and taking action.

What You Will Achieve

Working with Pfizer’s dynamic engineering team, you will play a critical role in the management of manufacturing information systems to improve manufacturing success rates and ensuring zero down time.

As a Senior Associate, your knowledge and skills will contribute towards the goals and objectives of the team. Your focus and ability to meet team targets will help in completing critical deliverables. Your innovative use of communication tools and techniques will facilitate in explaining difficult issues and establishing consensus between teams.

It is your hard work and dedication that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It

Role Summary

ROLE Summary

  • This position is responsible for the following at the Sanford site:

  • Providing controls/automation technical support the site automation systems

  • Providing controls/automation technical support and execution of projects/assignments

  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving manufacturing operations control system issues. Contributes to the interpretation of results and the design of subsequent activities.

  • Assisting with system changes for supported systems and assisting in developing the approach to solutions.

  • At a minimum, the position should be able to execute work independently, work with various groups across the organization and be able to ensure that automated cGMP/GLP equipment, facilities and utilities perform as intended.


  • Responsible for system-wide system compliance, including alarm reporting/trending and user account administration 

  • Perform system support responsibilities for 2-3 systems and/or provides technical assistance for one or more of the following systems: BMS, FTAC (PLC), DeltaV, and/or PI 

  • Support responsibilities may consist of master data maintenance, validation support, user change management, performance monitoring, periodic reviews, training, and release upgrades. 

  • Modify moderately complex to highly complex control logic that requires a degree of scientific and/or manufacturing process expertise 

  • Perform routine troubleshooting activities for automated systems. Level 1 support of automation for continuous processes (e.g. CUB, WFI, etc.), including troubleshooting, operator assistance, data reporting, investigations, etc. 

  • Responsible for maintenance & support of automation computing infrastructure (software, servers, switches, controllers, HMIs, etc.), 

  • The position requires monitoring and management of multiple systems at the same time and good communication skills to keep customers, peers, and area management up to date with automation activities. 

  • Clearly communicate progress and issues to peers. 



  • Minimum of 4 years of experience and Associate's degree in any of the following disciplines Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering/ Science(or related fields) is required, with a focus on automated systems preferred

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience and Bachelor's degree in any of the following disciplines Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering/ Science(or related fields) is required, with a focus on automated systems preferred.

  • Knowledge of one to two control systems platforms/programming with depth of understanding.

  • Broad understanding of systems architecture and operations and related components (e.g. hardware, software, network, database, S88/S95 etc.)



Position requirements are typical for a manufacturing plant-based work environment with shop floor exposure in manufacturing and utilities.  There are no unusual physical or mental requirements for this position. 


  • Schedule is primarily rotating shift, (1st, 2nd, and 3rd), 8-hour shifts, but may require off-shift work on occasion. 

  • The position may require working on the floor in manufacturing or utility areas at times which will require a focus on safety. Aseptic gowning could be required. 

Relocation support available

Last Date to Apply for Job: February 2nd
Eligible for Relocation Package: YES
Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment.  As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

Sunshine Act

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.