Project Automation Engineer - Pharma - Kildare

Location: Ireland

EUR 45 - 55 Per Hour

Job Type: Contract

Industry: Biotech-Pharma-Medical-Device-Jobs

Job ID: JO-2301-31826

Consultant: Karen McHugh

Are you an Automation Engineer with 5+ years experience in a project engineering role ideally in the Pharmaceutical sector?

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

Project Automation Engineer - Pharma - Kildare

Job Description

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

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 

Scope development and approval

Generation/Review of trial reports and Standard Operating Procedures.

URS generation

Equipment specification/design/procurement/installation and validation.

Detailed design (FS/HDS/SDS review)

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

Production/Implementation of Validation Project Plan

Managing and executing equipment trials and validation.

Automation development (as part of technical transfer), troubleshooting and optimisation.

Process mapping, gap analysis/identification for new and existing pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

Ensures all activities, equipment and facilities comply with site cGMP, Health, Safety and Environmental policies


The ability to organise, plan and execute multiple tasks to tight schedules

Experience with equipment procurement.

Experience developing project schedules and budgets

Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities is required.

Ability to document own work clearly and precisely

Monitor activity progress for the project in line with the project objectives, deliverables and timelines and report potential delays including mitigation recommendations

Manage the project Risk Log ensuring all identified risks have been mitigated

Provide project reports on a regular basis for effective communication

Provide support for product costing and financial assessment of the project

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.

Project management and co-ordination including planning, scheduling, task management and delegation, milestone planning, communication and reporting.

Delivering projects on time and on budget.

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.

Vendor management

Scope development and approval

Project schedule development and coordination

Scope change management

Risk management

Cost estimating and funding request

Tender package generation


Executing ERES assessments

Executing, and reviewing commissioning protocols

Executing, and reviewing validation protocols

Validation summary reports

Standard Operating Procedures & Work Instructions

Project Closeout

Co-ordinating changes using the Client approved change control procedure to ensure that cGMP is adhered to.

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


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

Health & Safety Plans

Reviewing & approving RAMS

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


B.Eng 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 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 PLC and SCADA systems

Knowledge of SQL & Oracle Database systems

Knowledge of MES, Batch & Historian systems 

Knowledge of Network Infrastructure

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


Contract rates of €45 - €55 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 at or phone +353-1-7978720 for a confidential chat.

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