Pfizer Automation Engineer in Newbridge, Ireland

Applications will close 30th Jan 2019

Automation Engineer

Department: Engineering

Position Reports to: Site Automation Lead

Job Purpose:

Pfizer Newbridge (22 Miles from Dublin) was established in Co Kildare in 1992, is over 120 acres. The facility is one of Europe's largest manufacturers of solid dose pharmaceuticals. The facility currently supplies over 80 product formulations across a wide range of product categories to more than 100 markets around the world. Due to continued expansion of our products, an automation engineer is being sought to join the Newbridge automation team.

As an automation engineer, your primary function will be to server as a subject matter expert for automated process equipment and building controls systems. In this role, you will support system in the following process automation, utilities, building management and information collection and reporting.

You will be service orientated, delivery focused and have the ability to build rapport with key members of the operations and engineering teams to implementing automation changes\fixes\improvement projects.

You will support investigations as the automation subject matter expert and manage and implement system changes following the site change control procedures.

Responsibilities :

  • Maintain the validated state of the automated systems.

  • Must be focused and passionate about production support.

  • To participate in the development of automated system life cycle documents to meet business requirements in the support of automated systems.

  • Provide system support in the areas of PM's, engineering spares, maintenance, training programs, and Data Integrity.

  • Support and programming for PLC's, motion control and PC controlled equipment.

  • To provide technical expertise in the area of process automation and equipment development.

  • Support department to be audit\inspection ready and participate in audits and regulatory inspections as required.

  • Develop in-depth technical knowledge of all of the different automation systems on site.

  • Design, develop and test software code in accordance with site coding standards and following good automation manufacturing practice.

  • Implement code\systems changes on the automation systems under site change management\change control.

  • Provide technical support to partners within Engineering and Operations for automated systems during the life cycle of the equipment.

  • Resolve issues by engaging with Global IT support teams.

  • Manage the specification, development and installation of projects within budget and corporate guidelines.

  • Working on site Automation Systems and continuous improvement initiatives using 6 Sigma methodologies.

  • Any other activities as directed by the Site Automation Lead.


We are looking for Engineers with the following experience:-

  • An ability to work independently.

  • Engineering background with minimum of 5 years' experience.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical or relevant GMP manufacturing environment, strong knowledge of the GAMP guidelines applicable to computer system validation.

  • Knowledge of discrete and batch process equipment in one or more of the following Utility systems (Water Generation/treatment System), solid dosage process equipment (granulation, fluid bed, milling blending, coating) and packaging equipment.

  • Familiarity IT technologies is desirable, including Microsoft server (MS) administration, MS Desktops and Infrastructure virtualization.

  • Experience supporting DCS, PLC, SCADA, HMI, BMS (Trend, Schneider) and PC controlled (Rockwell, Siemens) systems in a manufacturing environment.

  • Knowledge of GE Digital, Batch, Historians, programmable logic controllers (Rockwell and Siemens), SCADA (iFix, Wonderware).

  • Experience Coding\Development\ roubleshooting of automation systems.

  • Experience in maintaining control networks and communications.

  • Experience in maintaining databases and working with database queries.

  • Demonstrated Problem solving skills


  • Appropriate Engineering Qualification (preferably B.Sc.\ B.E. degree in engineering) with particular emphasis in Electrical\Electronics\Automation\Mechatronics or Computer science.


Regular Work Schedule:

  • Standard (M-F) daytime.

  • Work requires on-site presence.

  • Based on business need in exceptional cases you may be required to work out of hours.

  • Occasional national/international travel is expected for equipment factory acceptance testing, training seminars, vendor meetings, work progress meetings, etc.

  • During annual site shut downs you will be expected to work longer hours to support scheduled manufacturing shutdown.

  • You may be required to participate on out of hours On-Call rota for site automation support

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.