Automation Engineer

  • By Gsk
  • Ware (United Kingdom)
  • Engineering / Production Management

Job description

The Automation Engineering Team provides technical expertise to support the manufacturing, automation and controls systems for all production operations at the GSK Ware GMS (Global Manufacturing and Supply) site to ensure production targets are achieved.

Due to the sustained long term expansion of the Ware site and the introduction of new products we are looking for a motivated, qualified engineer to join our team. Due to the breadth of services that the Team provides to the site we are able to consider suitably qualified recent graduates or more experienced experts who have a wealth of experience. We are able to taper the responsibilities of the role according to experience and skill-set, whilst providing on-the-job training, further education and support for personal development and progression within the company. Professional Registration up to CEng level is encouraged and supported.

Job Purpose:
You will provide technical expertise for the support of a wide range of manufacturing, automation and control systems on new and existing pharmaceutical equipment and facilities across the Ware site. As a member of the Engineering team you will act as the design authority, project member or technical lead on a number of projects for all aspects of automation, instrumentation and control from concept, system design, implementation, validation and support transition.

Day to day you will develop and follow standards and procedures for the automation systems on site, ensure the validated status of automation assets is maintained by the use of change control and configuration management, and update site documentation as appropriate. Production support is also required and you may also be aligned to specific areas acting as second level support contact. Other areas of responsibility may include vendor management, installation, commissioning, providing safety expertise and leading safety assessments where appropriate.

About You:
This role would suit a self-motivated individual who ideally has experience of working in a GMP (Quality) environment. Strong people skills and a proven ability to drive performance is a must. You will have a strong continuous improvement mindset and a willingness to work towards standardised and lean working practices. You will also be a strong-advocate for adherence to current Environment, Health and Safety legislation as well as GSK's policies and procedures to maintain safety. With a wide range of state of the art bespoke equipment on site, you will be challenged on a regular basis to not only maintain the status quo but to also continuously improve systems and processes.

For less experienced applicants we are looking to see that you have a clear understanding of these concepts and their importance within a pharmaceutical manufacturing process.

About GSK:
GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. Employing over 100,000 people globally, we have 71 manufacturing sites around the world. For more information on GSK please refer to our website:

About Ware Manufacturing Site:
Medicines at Ware are presented as either Respiratory devices or in Oral Solid Dose form. The site holds a unique position in our network as the only site responsible for launching the company's pipeline of new medicines in these dose forms, many of which are life saving medicines. A series of investments in new state-of-the-art equipment are being made that will support the delivery of a record number of new products. This must be achieved whilst consistently delivering outstanding quality, service and value to our patients.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application how they meet the above criteria in order to be successful for interview selection.

Closing date for applications: Friday 18th August 2017

Please take a copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available post closure of the advert.

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Seeked profile

Basic qualifications:
• Degree or HNC in Engineering.
• Experience in a Pharmaceutical/Bio-pharmaceutical or similar regulated, manufacturing environment would be advantageous but is not essential.

Preferred qualifications:
• Control systems (PLC, DCS, SCADA, HMI, Servo, Vision) for off the shelf and bespoke process and production equipment and materials handling systems
• Communication networks and protocols (serial, Profibus, Ethernet)
• Instrumentation (sensors, actuators, PMT)
• Electrical Design (control panel and field wiring)
• P&ID nomenclature and electrical wiring diagrams
• Process and Machinery Safety (CE, PUWER, HAZOP, CHAZOP)
• Environmental Monitoring Systems

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