Associate Principal Engineer, Automation
United States, Bend (Oregon)

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Lonza Pharma & Biotech has an opening for an experienced Senior Automation Engineer at their Bend, Oregon location. As a Senior Automation Engineer you will be responsible for supporting the troubleshooting, repair, modification, and installation of pharmaceutical process equipment and building automation systems as part of a team. Group responsibilities include supporting site operations from GMP manufacturing to product development. A successful candidate will demonstrate familiarity with automated industrial control systems and instrumentation, and possess a collaborative mindset; working with other colleagues on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Open communication, a team-oriented mindset, and a desire to learn are key attributes.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work collaboratively with automation team colleagues, communicate openly, and foster a mutual learning environment in the team
  • Support the 24/7 operation of GMP process and facility equipment and control systems with the goal of maximum uptime.
  •  Provide technical leadership in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of automated process and facility equipment and control systems
  • Support the full system lifecycle for process automation and control systems including design, assessment, selection, commissioning, and validation.
  • Develop schedule, budget and resource plans for the design, development and implementation of site process automation and control systems projects.
  • Develop User Requirement Specifications, Functional Specifications, Design Specifications, administration and support procedures, and user procedures for new and existing process automation systems.
  • Lead preparation and execution of FAT, SAT, Commissioning & Validation protocols related to process automation and control systems.
  • Manage vendors and vendor relationships to ensure implementation and support of automation and control systems
  • Support manufacturing and maintenance personnel by troubleshooting and resolving process automation system issues.
  • Perform hands-on, detailed work, in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Work in close collaboration with IT/OT/Network Infrastructure and Security Teams to ensure a reliable and secure automated manufacturing environment
  • Support updates to and maintenance of data historian systems (AVEVA/OSIsoft PI)
  • Identify opportunities for performance improvement of process automation systems and lead implementation of hardware/software solutions, including change control, design, commissioning, validation.
  • Provide technical guidance to junior process automation engineers, maintenance technicians, manufacturing associates and other colleagues.

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred), Associates Degree (minimum) in Industrial Controls / Automation / Electrical Engineering or similar field
  • Experience working with industrial automation, instrumentation and controls, preferably in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in biotech/pharmaceutical or similar regulated industries preferred
  • After hours support of manufacturing operations on an on-call rotation basis
  • Electrical troubleshooting experience and familiarity with safety practices a plus
  • Familiarity with Allen Bradley PLC and HMI development environment, Studio 5000 and supporting FactoryTalk systems (FT Directory, AssetCentre, Alarm & Events, etc.)
  • Knowledge of 2D CAD systems to support electrical and system documentation preferred   
  • Familiarity with P&IDs
  • Familiarity with SCADA and Building Automation Systems
  • Familiarity with IT/OT, network systems, and security a plus

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R56018