Manager/Sr. Manager, Automation Engineering

Paragon BioServices
Hanover, MD
Mar 19, 2019
Mar 21, 2019
Engineer, Management
Engineering, Other
Full Time
Paragon Bioservices, Inc. (PBI) is a growing Biotech Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with an internationally recognized tradition of quality and service. Paragon Bioservices provides process development and GMP manufacturing services for Phase I/II clinical trials to industry leaders as well as innovative start-ups utilizing novel technologies to produce state-of-the-art vaccines and therapies for people when they are most in need. As a PBI employee, you will actively contribute to the delivery of our services and products to our customers and their patients. The Manager or Sr. Manager, Automation Engineering will have 3 automation engineers on their team and will report directly to the VP of IT. This role will provide key support for various manufacturing, quality and research systems. This will include Programmable Logic controllers (PLC), PI Data Historian, IGNITION for data reporting & remote alarms, Single Use Bioreactors and Other Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) systems in Manufacturing, QC labs and Research Operations. This role will be responsible for the automation strategy to improve manufacturing performance (eg yield improvements, etc.) and maintaining the automation systems in compliance with cGMPs. This role will drive projects in the deployment of new process and IT capabilities and be responsible for the professional development for their direct reports. This role will lead automation-related investigations into Atypical Production Reports (APRs) and implement the corrective actions. Initial responsibilities include working with the startup team and providing technical leadership in fulfilling the automation requirements for a new - $40M GMP Manufacturing facility. The Lead Automation Engineer is responsible for partnering with Quality Assurance and manufacturing leaders in maintaining CGMP requirements. The role provides multiple opportunities to learn new skills in IT, automation and process analytical technologies and help advance innovative gene therapies to patients. Must be able to work and be on call off day shifts including weekends in rotation with 3 other engineers. Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Evaluates automated and information technology systems and develops strategies to optimize and ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansion, replacement, or upgrade. Understands and supports all GMPs, safety, and environmental regulations. Partner with peers in Manufacturing, Quality Control and Research areas on continuous improvement Initiatives. Provide coaching and development opportunities for direct reports. On atypical automation situations, develops and supports long term corrective actions. Uses technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of variety of automated processing and information technology systems. Leads in installing and placing new equipment into operations. Develops solutions for automation problems. Oversees investigations of automation anomalies to prevent recurrence. Participates in audits and training programs for automated systems On-floor support of manufacturing activities. Identify and implement process/equipment improvements and manufacturing efficiencies. Maintain technical documentation. Provides client services support for business area applications. Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Science, or Engineering field required 8 years' experience in an Automation role supporting GMP equipment required 2 years leading others required Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) are required Background in Allen Bradley & Siemens PLC, SCADA, Batch Operations (S88/S95), IT, and single use OEM equipment required Experience in Process Data Analytics preferred Paragon Bioservices is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. #LI-EW1

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