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Automation Specialist

  • Job reference: 934078
  • Location: Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Engineering, Manufacturing & Facilities, Life Sciences
  • Date posted: 12/02/2021

Orion Group are currently recruiting an Automation Specialist on behalf of our Multinational Pharmaceutical Client based in Liverpool on an initial 12 month contract.

Automation specialist


Professional Automation Engineering role responsible for the management and implementation of changes to Siemens HMI/PLC XXX systems installed at the Liverpool site. The role is focused on the automation scope for new QC laboratory Sterility Isolator SCADA/PLC but will also involve support to other projects relating to site HMI/PLC systems.


  • Provides technical ownership and oversight of project Automation system scope in line with company standards and GAMP guidelines.
  • Completes Automation system changes, improvements and projects in a timely manner to meet site objectives (e.g. financial, supply chain, write-offs, cGMP & HSE).
  • Continuously explores and identifies new and improved solutions, targeted at improvement in quality and operational performance.
  • Completes and supports quality deviation investigations related to Automation systems.
  • Ensures all SOPs relating to Automation are maintained and aligned with the current process requirements for Automation Change Control.
  • Liaises with other site Automation teams to ensure delivery of best practice and globally driven objectives.
  • Researches, evaluates and recommends new systems to enhance the capabilities of manufacturing
  • Ensures ongoing availability, reliability and compliance of the Automation systems. Plans and performs system maintenance and administration activities.
  • Resolves operational issues, coordinates proactive and reactive activities associated with automation systems ensuring these occur in accordance with regulatory requirements, site standards and manufacturing scheduling constraints.
  • Actively promotes a safety culture, ensuring all HSE responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Deputizes for Secondary Manufacturing/PLC Team Leader, when required.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Automation or related discipline preferred
  • Professional engineering status C.Eng or equivalent preferred.


  • 5+ years' experience within Industrial Automation preferably in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical environment.
  • Expertise in PCS and/or other OEM SCADA/PLC systems and associated supporting IT. Experience of Siemens WinCC/S7 PLC, PCS7 and Optel vision and serialization systems is preferred.
  • Experience in the specification, design and implementation of automation systems and applications. In particular for secondary filling, inspection and packaging operations.
  • Delivery of biopharmaceutical industry and Engineering/Automation projects
  • Functional knowledge of cGMP, GAMP and best practice in automated systems lifecycle management and the operational management of automation systems.
  • Knowledge of current automation, systems security and functional/machinery safety standards and best practice.
  • Proven communication, multi-tasking, time management and leadership skills are essential.

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