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Senior Automation Area Lead 1380

Indianapolis, Indiana  

About SimoTech

SimoTech provides manufacturing automation and IT systems engineering, project management and validation services. We partner with life sciences companies to design, build, operate and optimise critical process automation systems that deliver fast track project delivery, operational efficiency, improve manufacturing agility and achieve regulatory compliance.

Why SimoTech

What is it like to work at SimoTech? With a strong collaborative teamwork culture based on respect, trust and excellence, we play a critical partnering role to our clients’ life-changing supply of products to patients. In return, there is excellent salary, career progression, educational support and much more.

Senior Automation Area Lead 1380

SimoTech require a Senior Automation Area Lead for a multi-national pharmaceutical client of ours based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. This candidate will be responsible for ensuring the control system solutions for the process area is aligned with the overall program automation philosophy and standard and user requirements. The ideal candidate will have 10+ years’ experience as an Automation Engineer in the Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences industry along with a minimum of 5 years’ experience with Emerson DeltaV.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Software, Hardware and Packaged Equipment technical teams to ensure the automation solution is aligned with the overall program automation philosophy and standards.
  • Collaborate with Digital/MES workstream leads to align the automation and digital solutions.
  • Provide technical leadership to vendors, system integrators and design teams to ensure project standard are being followed.
  • Ensure consistency of the automation deliverables (requirements, functional specifications, control strategies, phases, recipes etc.).
  • Participate in P&ID and control strategy reviews.
  • Assist in defining the software components that need to be created or modified.
  • Communicate progress, issues and needs to automation project manager for the area.
  • Provide input, review and approve functional requirements and specifications.
  • Support creation of Parameter and Recipe Specification documents.
  • Responding to systems integrator technical queries.
  • Support the development of software testing strategies.
  • Witness and verify the system integrator Software Factory Acceptance Tests.
  • Identification of any remediation effort required on process control software.
  • Create items in the issue tracker as issues arise after the software acceptance.
  • Identify and analyse risks of technical nature particular to the area of planning and responses.
  • Maintain compliance with training requirements.


  • B.Sc. Engineering (or equivalent experience).
  • 10+ years Automation experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries (API/Bulk Manufacturing experience preferred).
  • Previous experience on large automation projects/programs in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with Emerson DeltaV DCS required.
  • Experience with Allen-Bradley PLCs preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of GMP, regulatory requirements and CSV principles.

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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