Senior Automation Engineer

Senior Automation Engineer

Thousand Oaks, California


Senior Automation Engineer

Job ID R0089203 Date posted Apr. 14, 2023 Location Thousand Oaks, California

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Job Description

About the role:

You will provide daily automation engineering support in Formulation, Filling, and Packaging operations; including execution of automation projects of varying complexities.

How you will contribute:

  • Demonstrate understanding of programming, troubleshooting, maintenance, and user administration of the automation platforms used at the Thousand Oaks site including Emerson DeltaV DCS, Allen Bradley PLC, Siemens PLC, Intellution/Proficy iFix, Siemens BAS, and Siemens S7
  • Demonstrate good understanding of programming, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Packaging Vision Systems (Markem, Systech & Cognex), Automated Vacuum Tester (AVT), Systech Camera and Serialization, Vial labeler (Neri), Unit Carton Labeling system (LSI), and Printing System (Wolke).
  • Display standard engineering principles to resolve difficult problems, and lead projects from concept to final design.
  • Administer the control system lifecycle in a regulated environment.
  • Develop improved control system strategies for manufacturing processes.
  • Draft, update, and verify system specifications and standard operating procedures (SOP) for the automation systems supported.
  • Train users on control system functionality (programmable logic controller, process control, computer/control networks, and instrumentation).
  • As a Subject Matter Expert (SME), mentor other automation engineers and technicians as requested in automation systems.
  • Use experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Implement sustainable system to reduce User Interventions (UI) occurrence and re-occurrence.
  • Schedule and lead a team through the execution of automation projects, or a defined piece of a larger project. Includes generating detailed, accurate project schedules and cost estimates, preparing business case justifications, working with cross-functional development groups and technical support groups.
  • Contribute to cost estimating of major capital budget items and the spending of approved project funds. Also, performs financial planning and assists in the analysis to justify project approval.
  • Investigate and analyze customer service problems and design improvement suggestions. Recommend design improvements through adaptations and modifications of standard technical principles.
  • Manage routine small projects with complex features.
  • Provide automation support by on-call during off-hours as part of a 24/7 operation.
  • Implement pharmaceutical change control standards and policies.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles in several engineering disciplines.
  • Discuss encountered technical issues, both verbally and in written form.
  • Solve routine design, process, and automation engineering problems.
  • Lead less experienced engineers. Operate and potentially facilitate cross functional teams.
  • Effectively run projects, coordinate contractors, and direct the activities of technicians.
  • Organize and present technical and project management overviews.

What you bring to Takeda:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering field is required.

  • Minimum of 3 years of PLC automation/controls experience in a GMP pharmaceutical environment is required.

  • Solid experience with automation system instrumentation and field device technology.

  • Experience with control systems (Allen Bradley, Intellution/iFix, Siemens BAS, Siemens S7, SIMATIC WinCC) is required.

  • Experience with real-time data historians such as OSI PI, and Vision systems (Systech/Cognex) in a manufacturing environment would be ideal.

  • DeltaV experience is a plus.

  • Knowledge of cGxP manufacturing and processes is a plus.

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical production equipment including autoclaves, parts washer, lyophilizers, process tanks, filling machines and CIP/SIP systems.

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions
  • Family Planning Support
  • Professional training opportunities
  • Tuition reimbursement

Important Considerations

At Takeda, our patients rely on us to deliver quality products. As a result, we must follow strict rules in our manufacturing facilities to ensure we are not endangering the quality of the product. You may:

  • Overall physical exertion is sedentary work.
  • Perform field work around robotic systems, controls instrumentation, wiring, and control panels.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 25 lbs.
  • May work in a controlled environment requiring special gowning and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. This may include additional hearing protection for loud areas.
  • Will need to remove all make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish and artificial fingernails while in the manufacturing environment.
  • May work in a cold, hot or wet environment.
  • May work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and Celite that may require respiratory protection.
  • May be asked to work more than 8 hours/40 hours per week, including weekends, and holidays.
  • May require availability outside of business hours.

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and the best patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company to inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Base Salary Range: $79,800.00 to $114,000.00 Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.

The final salary offered for this position may take into account many factors including location, skills, education, and experience.

This posting excludes Colorado applicants.



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