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Senior Automation Engineer

Torrance, CA
Start date
Nov 5, 2022

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Engineering, Automation Engineer
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Beach
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Job Details

The Swiss based Bachem Group is a public, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacturing of pepTides and oligonucleoTides. As a full service provider Bachem offers products for clinical development and commercial applications as well as a comprehensive catalog and exclusive custom synthesis. With 50 years of experience and subsidiaries in Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, Bachem is the partner of choice for the biotech and pharma industry worldwide.  
Bachem. Leading Partner in Tides 

In order to continue our organic growth, we are constantly looking for talent.

Your Responsibilities


The Senior Automation Engineer is responsible for planning, designing, analyzing and managing automation systems and projects for manufacturing processes and systems in a regulated pharmaceutical industrial plant. Performs engineering design evaluations. Recommends alterations to development and design to improve quality of products, and/or procedures. Maximizes efficiency by analyzing automation system composition, communication, logic, and workforce utilization. 


Determines hardware, software, and network architecture necessary to achieve manufacturing goals according to product specifications. Leads project teams and drive project milestones to design, develop, and improve process automation.


Manage and direct automation / controls integrators across multiple internal and CAPEX projects.


Your Tasks


  • Responsible for Design, Installation, and qualification of Automation systems for batch processing tanks, solvent recovery system, filter dryers, HPLCs, filtration system, Lyophilizers, ultra-low freezers, HVAC, solvent distribution and recovery system, compressed air, purified water, and waste water system.
  • Collaborate with Production and Controls Team to develop and streamline production process in automating the new and existing system by harmonizing and leveraging technology developed by Center of Excellence (Bachem Headquarters).
  • Develop and train cross-functional team members on utilization and maintaining new Automation systems for equipment and system – by creating roadmap, improving existing process, creating new procedures, job aids, SOPs and protocols as well as training of staff for these expectations.
  • Troubleshoot Automation Systems, and monitor and trend to ensure that equipment works to its specifications and appropriate capacities
  • Lead engineering team and coordinates engineering activities to design, develop, and execute the automation part of strategic investment projects.
  • Ensures compliance of company policies, procedures and objectives regarding processes, initiatives, and projects


Your Profile


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years’ qualified work experience
  • Working Knowledge of ISA and IEE Standards and Industry Code as it relates to Chemical, Pharmaceutical facilities or related facilities
  • Knowledge of NEC, UL, and FDA title 21 standards and requirements
  • Technical knowledge of automation, controls, instrumentation, batch programming, Programmable Logic Controllers, Distributed Control Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, Building Automation Systems, IT and OT networks and technologies
  • Knowledge of batch processing and recipe management
  • Direct complete project life cycle from design, planning, and implementation to validation. Act as project manager across multiple projects
  • Experience with electrical and program troubleshooting
  • Ability to safely work with electrical circuits up to 480VAC
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment
  • Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems.
  • Ability to work independently, manage one’s time, and function well in a team environment
  • Experience with Allen Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Delta-V, Schneider, and Opto automation platforms.
  • Experience with MSSQL and OSI PI databases
  • Experience with Copadata Zenon, Ignition, and PlantPAX SCADA platforms


Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.

With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.

Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. For further information, see

Stock Symbol: BANB

Stock Exchange: SWX Swiss Exchange


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(888) 422-2436
3132 Kashiwa Street
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