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Industrial IT and Automation Engineer

Updated: Jan 24

For our client, a global pharmaceutical company we are looking for an Automation Engineer

The Company

  • Our client is a global biopharmaceutical company located near Neuchatel, Switzerland

  • Focused on R&D and delivery of innovative medicines across several therapeutic areas, including oncology, haematology, immunology, and CVD.

The Role

Integrated into the Information Technology department, the Industrial IT and Automation Specialist provides support to the GMP automated System of the client's Manufacturing Plant.

  • Provide technical support for Manufacturing Operations

  • Collaborate with partners and stakeholder such as automation, IT, Manufacturing and QA to execute the daily operational activities and maintain the systems in a compliant state.

  • Implement corrective actions as defined by the Deviation management or the Change Control Process that can include (but not limited to) automation code changes, review, design document updates & re-approval, SOP updates and trainings.

  • Manage Commissioning & Qualification activities (SAT, IQ, OQ) for projects related to automation systems

  • Work independently and supervise the activities of suppliers

  • Contribute positively to a strong culture of business integrity and ethics

  • Act within compliance and legal requirements as well as within company guidelines


Our client is looking for someone who has:

  • Engineering educational background preferably in Automation, Bio or Chemical processing

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a pharmaceutical/biotech environment with computerized systems (Automation, IT)

  • Demonstrated hands-on experience with automation systems

  • Good Knowledge of specific manufacturing systems (Serialization software, Building Management System, Room Monitoring System, MES, etc.

  • Good knowledge of Pharma/Biotech Processes, Utilities and HVAC equipment

  • Awareness of Industry 4.0 and related topics.

  • Good knowledge of IEC 61131, ISA-88 and ISA-95 Standards

  • Good knowledge of SCADA software and PLC (Siemens, Allen-Bradley, iFix, etc). Knowledge of other platforms is an advantage

  • Good knowledge of Computer Networking and Fieldbus.

  • Design, configuration, installation, and maintenance of automation software and associated hardware.

  • Oversight or participation in all automation aspects of overall automation project lifecycle (URS, FS, DS, SDS, FAT, SAT, IQ, OQ, PQ and system support as well)

  • Develop procedures and maintain proper documentation related to automation systems

  • Troubleshooting skills to recover system critical functionalities

  • Understanding of electrical and P&ID standards

  • Familiar with GMAO software and IT Ticketing systems (ServiceNow)

  • Awareness of business and enterprise architecture

  • Analyze, interpret data, and make sound technical recommendations on continuous improvements and non-conformance remediation

  • Good knowledge GxP/GAMP/Data Integrity practices/ASTM E2500

  • Ability to handle multiple projects in parallel

  • Excellent analytical and report-writing skills

  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, negotiation, collaboration, and communication abilities

  • Capable of working under pressure in a multi-cultural environment, at any level of the hierarchy, effectively with a variety of stakeholders

  • Ability to coach and supervise collaborators

  • Fluent French and basic English

  • Swiss Electrical Certification a plus

Only applicants eligible to work in Switzerland will be considered e.g. Swiss nationals, current Swiss work permit holders or cross-border EU citizens.

***We are no longer considering applications for this position, please contact to be informed of future similar positions***


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