Posted to MedZilla on 5/29/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MN, Sr Automation Engineer 1700782-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


  • Serve as the Engineering Lead for computerized systems relating to automated manufacturing processes (Process Control, Building Automation, Data Historian, etc.)
  • Act as technical owner for Process and Utility Systems, with respect to automated process. Assist Process Engineering personnel with equipment qualification, support of ongoing operations, deviation resolution, maintenance, and decommissioning
  • Assist in training of site staff related to procedural and technical matters. Act as SME for process, facility, and automation systems.


  • Create engineering deliverables including: P&IDs, Instrument Data Sheets, Functional Specifications, Panel Drawings, Network Architectures, Standard Operating Procedures, etc.
  • Implement system modifications under cGMP change control
  • Develop and execute Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT), commissioning protocols, and qualification protocols.
  • Support software lifecycle, electronic batch records and electronic signature compliance efforts
  • Lead investigations into system deviations and implement corrective actions and preventative actions
  • Develop, evaluate, and implement engineering solutions to complex problems
  • Stay current with automation and IT best practices and technologies as related to site activities
  • Participate and make suggestions for capital planning, spending, and tracking.
  • Project manage small to medium sized projects (<$5M) with general supervision.
  • Lead Development and implementation of programs related to system qualification, asset management, project execution and GEPs
  • Interface with various roles and departments to accomplish project goals
  • Work under general supervision and have the ability to plan and prioritize work, knowing when to escalate issues.
  • Requires participation in on-call support rotation with other automation and process engineering personnel


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related field
  • Preferred education is Bachelor in Chemical Engineering or Electrical Engineering
  • 4-12 years as an engineer with process automation focus
  • Knowledge of ControlLogix Programming, SCADA configuration, and Batch-based Control Systems
  • Knowledge of a variety of instrumentation and sensing technologies related to pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Knowledge of IT practices with respect to Windows Operating Systems and Networking
  • Record of success in supporting capital projects
  • Must have a demonstrated track record of successfully implementing control system components and strategies.
  • Proficient computer skills and be experienced using MS Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and MS Project.
  • Embrace working in a fast-paced, team-oriented, cross-functional environment
  • Familiarity with Data Historian system operation, SQL databases, Scripting languages (VB, etc.)
  • Experience working in FDA regulated industry utilizing cGMP.
  • Hands on experience with the operation, support, or design of the following systems: bioreactors, centrifugation, chromatography, tangential flow filtration, Clean-in-Place systems, autoclaves, or clean utility systems
  • Experience working in FDA regulated industry utilizing cGMP.
  • Knowledge of Process Engineering and Electrical Engineering Concepts, like fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and power systems
  • Occasional climbing of ladders and lifting (25lbs) may be required
  • Will occasionally work in clean-room environment and wear specialized garments (will require removal of make-up and jewelry)
  • Will occasionally work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, caustics, buffers and bleach that may require personal protection
  • Must occasionally wear personal protective equipment (e.g. hard hats, safety shoes, safety glasses, ear plugs)
  • Work in a fast-paced environment, with high expectation for performance
  • Infrequent travel, but may approach 25% during project activities

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