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IT Automation Consultant, 1-year contract, Neuchatel

Updated: May 5, 2023

We are looking for an IT automation engineer for a 1-year contract with our client, a global pharmaceutical company in the Neuchatel area,


  • Expertise in Industrial IT and Automation on GxP Systems in a Pharmaceutical environment

  • Proficiency in Equipment Qualification and Computer System Validation

  • Autonomous, driving projects from architecture to decommission

  • Strong relationship and collaboration skills (verbal and written)


  • Work closely with various automation, IT, Manufacturing and QA stakeholders 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 training.

  • Manage Commissioning & Qualification activities (SAT, IQ, OQ) for the 2022 defined 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

Skills/Knowledge Requirements

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

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a pharmaceutical/biotech environment with automation systems

  • Demonstrated hands-on experience with automation systems

  • Good Knowledge of specific manufacturing systems (Serialization software, building management Systems, Room Monitoring systems, 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, 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 the overall automation projects 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

  • Awareness of 21-CFR Part 11, Eudralex, MHRA

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

  • Awareness of business and enterprise architecture

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

  • Good knowledge GxP/GAMP/Data Integrity practices

  • 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

  • Fluent in French and English

***This position has now been filled, please contact to be informed of future similar positions***


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