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Senior Process Automation Engineer

Providence, RI · Manufacturing
Sr. Process Automation Engineer
As a senior member of the Automation Engineering team, the successful candidate will be required to support complex and challenging process automation initiatives that require understanding of analytical problem solving techniques, project management, life-cycle management and Operational Excellence. This position is responsible for providing project leadership and daily operational support to the Automation Engineering team at the site.

Lead and support of capital projects. This role involves the application of advanced automation engineering principles in the design, specification, construction, startup, and validation of process equipment and systems for capital projects of significant scope and complexity.
Lead and support technical root cause analysis, incident investigations, and troubleshooting on process control issues related to electrical, instrumentation and control systems.
Lead and support new product introductions or new technology introductions by performing engineering assessments, implementing automation system configuration changes and supporting engineering runs.
Devise new approaches to complex problems through adaptations and modifications of standard automation technical principles.
Work closely with multiple disciplines, including manufacturing, process engineering, utility operations, maintenance, quality assurance, and validation to manage a diverse portfolio of projects.
Provide technical support to commercial and clinical manufacturing as needed.
Develop and execute strategic initiatives for long-range planning and life-cycle upgrades of various Automation platforms. Activities include managing a 5 year road-map of systems, presenting high level scope and cost estimates to executives for annual capital funding plan, and project management of initiatives once approved for execution.
Provide mentorship to Automation Engineering team in daily operations
Communicate proactively with multiple levels within the organization, highlighting issues and proposing solutions.
Provide technical support and issue resolution 24×7 on-call support of Automation systems on a rotational based frequency.
Apply experience and knowledge of industry best practices and tools to attain an innovative organization.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Chemical or Electrical Engineering or related technical field
5+ years’ experience in Process Automation Engineering in a manufacturing support environment with at least 3 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industries.
5+ years combined experience with the following product platforms: Emerson DeltaV DCS systems
Programming expertise with SCADA, PLC, HMI, and wed based applications
Familiarity with industry standards for batch control systems, software development life cycle methodologies, S88, 21 CFR Part 11, Validation, and GAMP.
Strong control system automation background. Design, installation, programming and validation of automated processes
Experience with Mammalian Cell Culture, Protein Purification, Clean Utilities, CIP, SIP, Production Services and non-GMP Utilities preferred.
Tech Transfer, Process Design, and Commissioning

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