Senior Automation Engineer

at Bachem
Location Torrance
Date Posted June 21, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Not Specified


The Swiss based Bachem Group is a public, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacturing of pepTides and oligonucleoTides. As a full service provider Bachem offers products for clinical development and commercial applications as well as a comprehensive catalog and exclusive custom synthesis. With 50 years of experience and subsidiaries in Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, Bachem is the partner of choice for the biotech and pharma industry worldwide.
Bachem. Leading Partner in Tides

In order to continue our organic growth, we are constantly looking for talent.

Your Responsibilities

The Senior Automation Engineer is responsible for planning, designing, analyzing and managing automation systems and projects for manufacturing processes and systems in a regulated pharmaceutical industrial plant. Performs engineering design evaluations. Recommends alterations to development and design to improve quality of products, and/or procedures.Maximizes efficiency by analyzing automation system composition, communication, logic, and workforce utilization.

Determines hardware, software, and network architecture necessary to achieve manufacturing goals according to product specifications.Leads project teams and drive project milestones to design, develop, and improve process automation.

Manage and direct automation / controls integrators across multiple internal and CAPEX projects.

Your Tasks

  • Responsible for Design, Installation, and qualification of Automation systems for batch processing tanks, solvent recovery system, filter dryers, HPLCs, filtration system, Lyophilizers, ultra-low freezers, HVAC, solvent distribution and recovery system, compressed air, purified water, and waste water system.
  • Collaborate with Production and Controls Team to develop and streamline production process in automating the new and existing system by harmonizing and leveraging technology developed by Center of Excellence (Bachem Headquarters).
  • Develop and train cross-functional team members on utilization and maintaining new Automation systems for equipment and system - by creating roadmap, improving existing process, creating new procedures, job aids, SOPs and protocols as well as training of staff for these expectations.
  • Troubleshoot Automation Systems, and monitor and trend to ensure that equipment works to its specifications and appropriate capacities
  • Lead engineering team and coordinates engineering activities to design, develop, and execute the automation part of strategic investment projects.
  • Ensures compliance of company policies, procedures and objectives regarding processes, initiatives, and projects

Your Profile

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years' qualified work experience
  • Working Knowledge of ISA and IEE Standards and Industry Code as it relates to Chemical, Pharmaceutical facilities or related facilities
  • Knowledge of NEC, UL, and FDA title 21 standards and requirements
  • Technical knowledge of automation, controls, instrumentation, batch programming, Programmable Logic Controllers, Distributed Control Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, Building Automation Systems, IT and OT networks and technologies
  • Knowledge of batch processing and recipe management
  • Direct complete project life cycle from design, planning, and implementation to validation. Act as project manager across multiple projects
  • Experience with electrical and program troubleshooting
  • Ability to safely work with electrical circuits up to 480VAC
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment
  • Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems.
  • Ability to work independently, manage one's time, and function well in a team environment
  • Experience with Allen Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Delta-V, Schneider, and Opto automation platforms.
  • Experience with MSSQL and OSI PI databases
  • Experience with Copadata Zenon, Ignition, and PlantPAX SCADA platforms

Candidates for positions as US employees of Bachem Americas, Inc. ("Company") must be in the process of or fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and provide the Company with proof of vaccination as a condition of employment, except for U.S. employees who request and qualify under applicable law for disability and religious accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. An applicant who receives an offer of employment from the Company for a position as a U.S employee will be required to provide proof of vaccination status, or request and receive a disability or religious accommodation for which the applicant is entitled under applicable law, before their first day of employment or any later deadline specified by the Company in the offer letter. The Company is an equal opportunity employer and provides employment opportunities and makes employment decisions without regard to an individual's disability, religion or on any other basis prohibited by law.

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