Automation Engineer

Located in Switzerland

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Position Summary

The AES Automation Engineer (AE Level I, II, III) has between 2 and 8 years of experience with projects in the BioTech Industry. The AE is very proficient in one or more of the major platform technologies mentioned in the Technology Experience section of this job description. Also experienced with Instrument Bus Technologies mentioned in the Technology Experience section.


The AE has experience in all phases of project delivery including: FEED Study, Conceptual Design, Basic Design, Detailed Design,  implementation, testing, CQV as well as  ongoing support of GMP facilities. As well as project delivery, the AE is familiar with and has experience developing all Lifecycle documentation for GMP regulated facilities including URS (in collaboration with client user team), FS (in collaboration with client process & automation teams), HDS, SDS, Testing Protocols, IQ and OQ. 


The AE has hands-on experience working with most bioprocessing operations and equipment including: prep tanks, bioreactors, fermentation, harvest, purification (chromatography & UF/DF skids), fillers, isolators, CIP and SIP.


  • Experienced and able to self-manage in the design, implementation and testing of automation system graphics, I/O database, control modules, interlocks, alarms, sequences, and recipes including the development and control of all associated life-cycle documentation
  • Practiced in the development of configuration standards for automation system project execution
  • Competent in the management of GMP documentation including URS, FS, DS, RTM, IQ and OQ throughout projects including creating, redlining, approval and management in various document control repositories
  • Proficient in interpreting P&IDs, electrical drawings and control narratives as well as redlining / markup P&IDs and electrical drawings either on the production floor or in automation panels.
  • Able to configure and test batch code including units, phases, operations, unit procedures, procedures and recipes including exception logic
  • Knowledgeable in the application of industry standards including GAMP 5, 21 CFR Part 11, ISA S88 & S95
  • Practiced in the execution of regulated testing including IQ & OQ as well as leveraging FAT and SAT to reduce IQ & OQ testing.
  • Experience in supporting onsite ongoing operations – Make, Assess, Release, and change control processes
  • Experience dealing with CAPAs (Corrective and Preventive Actions) including investigation, documenting, assessing root cause and providing practical solutions
  • Familiarity with bioprocessing equipment and operations media prep, bioreactors, fermentors, harvest equipment, buffer prep, chromatography skids, filtration skids, fillers, isolators and packaging
  • Familiar with cleaning operations CIP and SIP
  • Familiar with critical utilities including clean steam, WFI, purified water compressed air, nitrogen gas

Technology Experience

  • Emerson DeltaV
  • Rockwell family of PLCs, PanelView family, FactoryTalk View SE
  • ABB DCS 800xA
  • Honeywell Experion
  • DeviceNet, Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, Modbus, HART, Ethernet I/P


Required: Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, or Computer Science)

Preferred Master of Science degree


Must be willing to relocate to project locations as required to meet the project needs. Locations include Singapore, Europe or US for periods of 1-3 years and possibly longer in some cases.