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Sr. Automation Engineer

Job ID: 5021
Location: Gainesville, GA
# of Openings: 1


The Senior Automation Engineer is responsible for the design, implementation, administration, enhancement, monitoring and maintenance of production and non-production process automation software and systems.

This role will undertake project work including overall responsibility for projects as directed by the business strategy and the Director of IT including the implementation of Data Historian Systems, Electronic Batch Record systems, MES and SCADA systems.

The position works closely with business and requires a strong technical and customer focus.

All work of the Senior Automation Engineer is conducted within regulatory guidelines and industry best practices.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in the design, development and implementation of site process automation and control systems.
  • Co-ordinate and manage control systems projects including providing technical guidance to junior process automation engineers, maintenance technicians, manufacturing, and others.
  • Support the full system lifecycle for process automation and control systems including the design, assessment, selection, commissioning, validation and implementation of systems.
  • Develop User Requirement Specifications, Functional Specifications, Design Specifications, administration and support procedures, and user procedures for new and existing process automation systems. 
  • Assist in preparation and execution of FAT, SAT, Commissioning & Validation protocols related to process automation and control systems.
  • Provide technical and non-technical feedback to Validation and IT personnel for the successful qualification of systems.
  • Provide technical assistance to site operating groups through investigations, system assessments, and design support.
  • Provide technical and automation support to Manufacturing and Facilities.
  • Manage vendors and vendor relationships to ensure implementation and support of automation and control systems.
  • Support process automation systems by troubleshooting and diagnosing issues and working closely with manufacturing and maintenance personnel. 
  • Perform investigation of deviations related to automation hardware and software.
  • Program PLC and HMI application for automated process equipment.
  • Identify opportunities for enhancement and performance improvement of process automation systems and implement projects as required, including change control, design, commissioning, validation and hardware/software changes. 

Minimum Job Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or IT

Technical Certification (e.g. Rockwell, Microsoft, etc.) a plus.


  • Greater than 6 years IT/Engineering/Automation experience including:
    • Minimum 5 years experience with process automation and controls systems, including experience in programming of PLCs and SCADA systems.
    • Experience of leadership responsibility managing project teams and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders.
  • Related experience in a cGMP pharmaceutical environment
  • Strong programming/design “hands-on” experience with process automation systems including Data Historians (OSI Pi), Electronic Batch Records (Werum and Rockwell), Building Management Systems (Siemens or similar)
  • Proven track record in project management is essential with demonstrated successful project implementations of automation systems.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations



  • Excellent co-ordination skills with attention to detail and ability to effectively manage projects as well as support tasks and enhancements including the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to interact at all levels both internally and externally.
  • Strong project management skills are essential with a proven track record in implementation of process automation and control systems projects.
  • Strong knowledge of cGMP manufacturing
  • Strong knowledge of process control and machine automation
  • Strong PLC and HMI programming skills
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

     Physical and Mental Demands and Work Environment

The physical and mental demands and work environment described her are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

      Physical Demands

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is often required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb, balance, or stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

      Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use English written and oral communication skills; interact appropriately with staff, management contractors, vendors and others encountered in the course of work; read and interpret a variety of documents and instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form such as safety rules and operating instructions, and procedure manuals; collate and interpret technical and engineering data; generate or assist in the generation of technical reports of investigations; analyze and solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; establish priorities and work on multiple assignments and projects concurrently.

The employee is regularly required to apply computer skills covering word processing, project management, presentation software and spreadsheet software.

The employee is regularly required to apply mathematical formulae and engineering rules of thumb to execute technical and engineering calculations and to apply statistical calculations to determine frequency, probability, standard deviation, average, etc. during risk assessments and validation activities.

Work Environment

The employee normally works under typical office conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

In certain assignments, the employee will occasionally work in wet or humid conditions, work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, work with/near explosives and risk electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The employee must be capable of wearing specified personal protective equipment when required to comply with company safety standards.

Special Working Conditions

Occasional travel during projects to US and international locations may be required.

The employee may be required to work occasional week-ends and during the company maintenance shutdowns (twice a year).

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