Senior Manufacturing Engineer II - Automation

Oceanside, CA
Apr 27, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Senior Manufacturing Engineer II – Automation

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Gilead Sciences is currently seeking a Senior Automation Engineer for the Biologics Clinical Development and Manufacturing site in Oceanside, CA. This position will provide technical leadership responsible for instrumentation and control engineering capabilities and expertise to the Automation Engineering Group. There will be a focus on providing long-term collaborative support for existing facilities with respect to the instrumentation and control systems for process, utility and building systems. The list below includes the primary responsibilities of this role that account for a majority of the work, but the candidate may perform other duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities and Skills:
  • Solve automation control system and manufacturing equipment issues that have impact to day-to-day operation. Systems to support include DeltaV, PLC, BMS, process, equipment, and instrumentation.
  • Perform immediate corrective actions as a response to unplanned downtime to ensure that the manufacturing operation maintains a continuous flow.
  • Implement sustainable/long-term solutions to reduce occurrence and reoccurrence of unplanned down time
  • Own and close change notices (Deviation, CAPA and change management) for the automation system as related to implementation of sustainable solutions
  • Develop and execute engineering documents including URS, Functional Specification, Design specifications, functional tests, Commissioning Plans, and Qualification Protocols.
  • Lead and close process improvement projects that relate to DeltaV, manufacturing process, manufacturing equipment and the operator interaction with the automation system.

Essential Functions:
  • Hands-on programming with Emerson DeltaV DCS and Allen-Bradley PLC's. Working knowledge of BMS/BAS systems is a plus.
  • Fosters collaboration and team-work with various departments of differing disciplines. Shifting between technical and non-technical communication modes is required.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with hardware/software vendors and contractor partners that support projects and initiatives.
  • Responsible for managing the standards, methods and procedures for the design, modification, and maintenance of manufacturing, packaging equipment, manufacturing, and processes.
  • Plans, executes, and tracks a variety of engineering projects.
  • Contributes to the development of department strategy.
  • Coordinates cross-functional efforts to resolve manufacturing, packaging, maintenance, and production of a variety of products.
  • Assess and support manufacturing issues in projects and day to day operational activities.
  • May participate in audits to include internal, vendors or contract manufacturers.
  • Implements systems for tracking project progress.
  • Supports and contributes to site continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Compiles and reports technical performance metrics.
  • Maintains and develops existing engineering systems which support equipment run times.

Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:
  • 8+ years of relevant technical experience and a BS in Engineering or related field OR 6+ years related experience and a MS in Engineering or related field
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Collaborative, strong team player with the ability to adapt communication to various stakeholders.
  • Has previous experience in biotech or pharmaceuticals industry.
  • Has previous experience in engineering in highly regulated manufacturing environments.
  • Demonstrates extensive understanding and application of process engineering principles, concepts, and practices, and standards.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and safety regulations.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of pharmaceutical packaging, process manufacturing, OEE, MTBF, and root cause failure analysis.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Hands-on programming experience with Emerson DeltaV and Allen-Bradley PLC required, and working knowledge of BMS/BAS systems is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of digital instrumentation and bus technologies (Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet, etc.)
  • Practical knowledge of PID control theories and techniques
  • Practical experience with control system interfaces including OPC, Ethernet, etc.
  • Practical knowledge of clean room or classified area design or requirements.
  • Change control and Validation experience related to control and computer systems.
  • Familiarity with RS Batch and GE Unicorn is a plus.

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About Gilead

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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