Alexion Pharmaceuticals Automation Engineer in Ireland

This position will be based at the Alexion facility in Athlone. The Automation Engineer is responsible for configuration, operation, maintenance, and administration of the process and facility control and data historian systems. The successful candidate will be a member of the manufacturing systems team and will be responsible for all automation systems and will report to the Senior Manager, Manufacturing Systems

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work independently, or with third party system integrators, to configure and implement all automation systems in the Alexion Athlone Manufacturing Facility

  • Develop, review and approve design documentation

  • Develop, review and approve all project standards

  • Provide automation expertise to the engineering and operations department on design and sustaining decisions

  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures to ensure the future compliance and management of all automation systems

  • Ensure all automation systems are delivered and maintained in a compliant and qualified state

  • Provide support for all validation activities

  • Participate in cross-functional teams to ensure a high level of optimization for all equipment.

  • Assist in training personnel on specific automation aspects of equipment

  • Design and implement solutions across various automation platforms in line with the automation/site change control procedures

  • Any other duties as required


  • 5 years or more within the automation industry supporting GMP environments and applications

  • 5 years or more experience supporting a biopharma process (specifically downstream)

  • Direct experience and in depth knowledge of the DeltaV process automation platform is required

  • Direct experience in managing and working alongside system integrators

  • Direct experience in supporting a manufacturing facility

  • Experience maintaining controls networks and communications by Profibus and Ethernet.

  • Experience with OSI PI data historian, SQL Server and virtualization platforms is a plus, as is IT experience.

  • Experience of implementing change controls and investigating deviations/events.

  • Comprehensive understanding of cGMP requirements for clinical and commercial biopharmaceutical manufacturing and the ability to implement best practices (GAMP) to ensure site automation systems are cGMP compliant.

  • Good interpersonal skills are required, as is the ability to communicate well, both verbally and written documents.


  • B.S. Degree in Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent


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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime – like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at: