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Specialist, Manufacturing Automation (Hybrid)



Durham, NC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Job Description

Position Description:Specialist, Manufacturing Automation (Hybrid)g, quality and engineering groups. Supports a large spectrum of sophisticated automated systems within Manufacturing Operations; providing multiple opportunities to learn new automatio

The Specialist is a member of the Focus Factory Automation team responsible for the assigned process control systems in support of manufacturing operations located in Durham, NC.

As an Automation Engineer, you are responsible for problem resolution, implementation of process control, data collection techniques, and troubleshooting in compliance with SDLC, GMP, safety, and environmental regulations. Actively support, participate and embrace an empowered team culture including significant interaction with manufacturin

n technologies and make a positive impact. Provides direct support to Automation Lead including leading cross functional teams and providing direct guidance to the Automation team. Also provides technical coverage on automated systems.

Primary Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Understands and supports all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), safety, and environmental regulations. Review and approve automation documents, preventive maintenance, and SOPs to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices and safety.

  • Leads investigations of automation incidents and problems to prevent recurrence including the development and implementation of corrective actions.

  • 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.

  • Assists in the Automation Lead in the training, development, motivation, and assignments for employees and contractors.

  • Coordinates projects with staff group for timely implementation.

  • 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.

  • Participates in audits and training programs in the area of responsibility.

  • Project coordination leadership and implementation of troubleshooting activities and change control.

  • Initiate and lead collaboration within the Operations, Quality and Technical organizations to resolve complex problems.

  • On-floor support of manufacturing activities.

  • Identify and implement process/equipment improvements and manufacturing efficiencies.

  • Serves as liaison with corporate and divisional automation and IT groups.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High School Diploma and 3+ years of process automation experience OR

  • B.S., B.A., or greater preferably in Engineering, Science, or Information Technology and 1+ years of experience in process automation or equivalent area.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Experience programming Emerson DeltaV or PLCs (ladder logic, HMIs, or SCADA) required.

  • Computer validation and systems life-cycle development methodology experience required.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience working with Information Technology teams.

  • Experience working with AVEVA/OSIsoft PI System.

  • Experience working with InfoBatch and/or AgileDoc Workflow.

  • Experience with regulatory audits and working knowledge of data integrity principles.

  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing /Six Sigma methodology.

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.



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Job Posting End Date:06/17/2024

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Requisition ID:R296084