Automation Project Manager - Pharma - Kildare

Location: Ireland

EUR 55 - 65 Per Hour

Job Type: Contract

Industry: Biotech-Pharma-Medical-Device-Jobs

Job ID: JO-2301-31821

Consultant: Karen McHugh

Are you an Automation Project Manager with 7+ years Pharmaceutical automation/IT knowledge and equipment procurement and validation experience?

If interested in this role, call Karen on +353 1 7978720 to discuss or forward your CV to for review

Automation Project Manager - Pharma - Kildare

Job Description

Our Client is one of Ireland's leading engineering consultancies and a global player in the Semiconductor, Pharma and Biotech sectors.

The Project Manager is a crucial role within the Engineering department to ensure the introduction of new equipment and processes and to perform technical development of existing systems. 

Working in a highly regulated and cGMP environment within the pharmaceutical industry, the Project IT/Automation Engineer role will including but not limited to; introduction of new projects, troubleshooting issues, equipment upgrade and procurement in the manufacturing/packaging and process activities. 

This is a site projects based role. 

The successful candidate must have strong leadership and planning qualities, be adaptable to change and be comfortable leading cross functional teams delivering to strict deadlines and budgets. 

Pharmaceutical automation/IT knowledge and equipment procurement and validation experience is required. 

To facilitate and participate in meetings and workshops as part of Project and Continuous Improvement activities. 

To perform all activities in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practice. 

To ensure development occurs of user materials (e.g. SOPs + training aids) and provide training on new equipment/ functionality. 

Perform technical review of updates to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to the equipment/process. 

To approve plant SOPs and other documents as required, ensuring the acceptability of content and format. 

Support validation activities for project activities including review of validation documentation and attendance at validation activities (FAT, IQ, OQ etc). 

To provide technical support to system end users of new and existing equipment including but not limited to troubleshooting technical issues and assisting with process investigations. 

Ensure smooth transfer of project knowledge and technology from engineering to production 

Analyse, understand, fault-find and modify automation software 

To ensure that all new equipment is bought in accordance with appropriate site procedures & regulations. 

Generation/Review of trial reports and Standard Operating Procedures. 

URS generation 

Equipment specification/design/procurement/installation and validation. 

Detailed design (FS/HDS/SDS review) 

Production/Implementation of Validation Project Plan 

Managing and executing equipment trials and validation. 

Scope development and approval 

Cost estimating and funding request 

Experience developing, coordinating and delivering project schedules and budgets 

Vendor management 

Leading and Managing projects for the introduction of new Solid Oral Dose products, equipment and processes to meet all safety, quality, regulatory and operational requirements. 

Leading cross-functional teams as part of project planning and deployment including collaboration with supporting departments such as Production/Operations, Quality, Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Facilities and Engineering, Supply Chain and Finance, Project scoping and gap analysis. 

Standard Operating Procedures & Work Instructions 

To record any deviations relating to the role out of projects, that you are responsible for, through the plant Deviation System.

Progress reporting, including Project Schedule and Financials

Experience with safety procedures (RAMS, permits, SPAs, etc) 

Reviewing & approving RAMS 

To adhere fully to all safety policies, procedures and regulations.


B.Eng / B.Sc in Computer Science / Mechatronics or appropriate science/engineering discipline. 

5-7 Years Post Qualification recent relevant experience in an engineering/projects role in the Pharma/Biotech/Chemical industry.  

A proven track record in automation/IT project management for support and improvement projects. 

Experience with various technologies. 

Proven track record of project-based activities in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Project Management experience 

Good computer-based skills, including Windows knowledge and network architectures, database knowledge beneficial 

Knowledge of Network Infrastructure and S95 Standard 

Knowledge of Enterprise IT Applications 

Knowledge of PLC and SCADA systems 

Knowledge of MES, Batch & Historian systems and S88 Standard 

Knowledge of Computer System Validation (CSV) and regulations including, US FDA 21 CFR Part 11, EU Annex 11 and GAMP 5. 

Good communication and technical writing skills are a must 

Strong leadership skills and the ability to work in cross-functional team environments, as well as independently. 

Good communication skills combined with an imaginative and creative approach to problem-solving. 

Demonstrated Analytical and Problem-solving skills 

An ability to work independently 

Directing of more junior team members. 

To participate in all training and assessment activities.


Contract rates of €55 - €65 per hour, depending on role

18-month contract minimum


Karen McHugh is the consultant managing this position.

If you are an Automation Engineer​ interested in roles based in Dublin, you can contact Karen by e-mail or phone +353-1-7978720 for a confidential chat.

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