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Mount Vernon, Indiana, United States
Job reference: R-044119
Posted date: Apr. 30, 2019

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Senior Automation Engineer in Mt. Vernon, IN, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.

Global Operations is fundamental to our purpose of delivering life-changing medicines to patients, touching every aspect of our business and providing a platform for everything that we do. We harness the specialist talents of 13,000 people around the world – 20% of our global workforce. With 30 production facilities in 18 countries we’re focused on supplying our medicines with care, quality and efficiency, reducing the time from lab to patient. Keen to bridge the gap between science and patients? Turn research into reality? And forge a global career that’s full of possibilities, as part of a world-class team? Come and thrive in our vibrant, energizing, connected and supportive culture and make a real difference to patients.

This position will be hired at either an Automation Engineer or Sr. Automation Engineer level depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate.

The Senior Automation Engineer is responsible for lifecycle management of GMP manufacturing control and information systems at the Mt. Vernon site. The role is accountable for system delivery, management to technical and compliance standards, maintenance to prevent or address obsolescence, and decommissioning, and archiving activities at end of life. Primary focus areas include project support for implementation of new automation systems, system lifecycle management, and change management for system enhancements and upgrades. The role works across site business functions, Ops IT, and the global Automation community of practice to ensure optimal service delivery is achieved.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Define and implement business strategies related to control systems and integration between MES and manufacturing and packaging automation systems and data historian. 
  • Implement systems, servers, and networks in accordance with Ops IT policies and guidelines for architecture and security. 
  • Lead project activities including interactions with equipment vendors, system integrators, and contracted personnel to implement projects involving automated equipment, control systems, and information systems to meet quality and technical standards. 
  • Partner with the Process Execution Teams to prioritize and implement modifications/upgrades to improve quality and operational effectiveness. 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for automation systems during internal audits and regulatory inspections. 
  • In coordination with Maintenance Technicians, provide support for manufacturing automation systems.  Escalated issues may require over-night and weekend resolution to ensure supply to patients.  
  • Execute the engineering effort and implement software modifications to automation systems as required for process and efficiency improvements and technology maintenance in accordance with developed strategies. 
  • Initiate and review area change proposals as required. Develops software test protocols to support GMP compliant systems. 
  • Perform periodic maintenance, testing, backups, security reviews, and updates of applicable SOPs related to Automation systems. 
  • Immediately report issues related to computer systems and equipment that could affect the production of materials and/or the delivery of products to customers. 
  • Monitor system hardware and software components for obsolescence and prepare cost estimates and project plans to support business cases for remediation. 
  • Lead data archive activities for systems at end of life. 
  • Maintain a safe work environment and follow site SHE policies and procedures. 
  • Perform any other related duties assigned by supervision.



  •  Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Engineering, Computer Science, or other related technical discipline.


  •  Minimum 6 years’ experience (or 4 years’ experience with a Master’s degree) in Automation positions including manufacturing support. 
  • Project management experience and proficiency required; PMP certification desired. 
  • Experience providing clients support and implementing manufacturing control applications in an industrial manufacturing environment. 
  • Technical proficiency in applicable technologies (database, system architecture, specialty computing, network, security, other). 
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications. 
  • Ability to work and communicate within a global, culturally diverse, and fast-paced, team environment. 
  • Ability to adapt to changing business needs. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


  • Master’s degree is desirable. 
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is desired. Knowledge of cGMPs and computer systems compliance and validation are required. 
  • Proficiency with manufacturing systems network architecture and ISA-95 control system standards are desired.  Knowledge of application architecture preferred (databases, storage, server and client virtualization, etc.). 
  • Prefer experience implementing and managing applications commonly used in GxP manufacturing plants, such as Pas-X, OSI PI, Discoverant, Rockwell Factory Talk, Wonderware InTouch, and Microsoft SQL.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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