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VPE Automation Engineer 1450


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.

VPE Automation Engineer 1450

SimoTech require a VPE Automation Engineer to join our client in a state of the art Biotechnology site based in Cork. The ideal candidate will have 3+ years’ PLC automation experience in the Life Sciences industries.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide automation guidance and expertise to multi-disciplinary project team executing projects on Siemens PLC controlled process equipment.
  • Projects involve long range preventative maintenance, obsolescence remediation, new product/technology introduction and plant modernisation/expansion.
  • Contribute to the generation of engineering documentation such as User Requirement Specifications, Functional Design Specifications, and System Architectures.
  • Contribute to the generation of project risk assessments such as QRA, ERES and DIA.
  • Contribute to standard operating procedure updates based on project scope.
  • Participate in equipment installation, complete root cause analysis, incident investigations and troubleshoot issues related to equipment control systems where necessary.
  • Manage and interact with third-party vendors to deliver equipment with the appropriate quality & schedule, and as per specified requirements.
  • Execution of FAT, SAT, IOQ, and production support.


  • 3+ years’ automation experience working in the Life Sciences industries.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related disciplines.
  • 3+ years’ experience using Siemens PLC and associated hardware and applications.
  • Knowledge of GAMP software development lifecycle and ANSI/ISA-S88 industry standards.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent planning, organisation and communication skills required.
  • Ability to work well with diverse, multi-disciplined teams.

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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