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Process Automation Engineer 1101



SimoTech are seeking a Process Automation Engineer for a project based in Athlone. Candidates will ideally have 7+ years’ experience with prior experience in biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industries.

Key Responsibilities

  • Adherence to GEP and GXP procedures on site in relation to all aspects of the job.
  • Provide technical leadership and support for IT projects in relation to Process Automation control systems.
  • Provide technical leadership and support for control systems to various departments across Manufacturing and Process Development.
  • Lead and assist in the design, development and updates to Rockwell/Siemens based control systems associated with Process Control and Utilities, e.g. Plant Chilled Water Distribution, Energy Centre Upgrades, Chiller upgrades, HVAC and energy management.
  • Ensures that key data is available through use of agreed reporting tools (VantagePoint, Core Sight, PIVision).
  • Prepare specifications, protocols, procedures and other documentation as required.
  • Co-ordinate and manage control system projects if required.
  • Provides handover to the Process Automation Administrator, Maintenance and Process Engineers from project mode to operational support. Ensures that training materials are updated when required.
  • Proactively identify opportunities, anticipates problems and implement solutions with the Process Automation Administrator, Process Engineers and the Maintenance team.
  • Liaise and communicate with site users and vendors to ensure control systems operate to maximum effect, and as per the Site IT Automation Strategy.
  • Adheres to the local Process Support Model: Records and investigates issues, performs root cause analysis, escalates to management and other teams as required. Co-ordinates the response with external vendors for issue resolution, upgrades etc.
  • Work with wider IT team to create the required interfaces between control systems, historians, MES / EBR systems.


  • Degree in Automation Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent control systems knowledge. Must have excellent knowledge of Rockwell suite of applications (Allen Bradley PLC, FTView, FTBatch, VantagePoint).
  • Understanding of Siemens Automation platform.
  • Good documentation practices as per GAMP 5 and GEP / GxP.
  • 6 – 8-year experience in a role that meets the above requirements.
  • Fluent in English (both spoken and written word).
  • Experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industries is desirable.
  • Project management experience.
  • Good leadership skills, enthusiasm, reliability and consistency, integrity.

What SimoTech Can Offer

  • Role provides a high degree of autonomy to allow the successful candidate to reach their full potential.
  • Develop new skills and enhance technical ability by working with innovative technologies in a multi-disciplined environment.
  • Opportunity to work with large corporate clients on exciting capital projects.

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