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Automation & Controls Engineer



Other Engineering
Sligo, Ireland
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas – immunology, oncology, neuroscience, and eye care – and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on X, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

We are looking for an Automation & System Control Engineer to join our automation team in Ballytivnan, Sligo. This position is a 12 month fixed term contract and reports to the Projects and Automation Manager. You will have the opportunity to work across both biologics and medical device areas using the latest technologies including SCADA and OSI PI.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to all control system related issues. Tasks include, daily trouble shooting, optimisation, and documentation control.
  • Provide technical support and program management to all manufacturing operations and NPI’s throughout the site.
  • Provide technical leadership of all control system activities in the biologics manufacturing facilities.
  • Lead control system validation activities during routine works and upgrade works.
  • Project manage control system elements of continuous improvement projects. Work closely with process engineers and other departments to deliver these continuous improvement projects.
  • Project management and technical development of future integrations of the control systems, with planned MES/ERP/Data Historian (OSI PI) systems.
  • Life cycle management of the on-site control systems to Abbvie SLC & applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Adhere to and support all EHS & E standards, procedures, and policies.
  • Identify opportunities and assist in leveraging vendor qualification efforts, developing relationships with vendors, and act as Engineering representative for pre-approval of vendor documentation


  • NFQ Level 8 Honors Bachelor’s Degree, Higher Diploma in a relevant technical discipline or equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years experience in an automation engineering role, with proven fault finding of automated systems, software development of VPE systems (PLC/HMI/SCADA) for batch processing in a GMP pharmaceutical industry environment.
  • Experience of 21 CFR Part 11 requirements for automated systems.
  • Experience in validation of control systems would be advantageous.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems using innovative thinking
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written are essential

Additional Information

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.