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105184 - Automation Manager - Unknown

Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Unknown
Date: 19/08/2019
Job Reference: 105184
Contact Name: Anna McGowan
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Job Description

Automation Manager - Unknown - 105184
Automation Manager – Co Mayo

Our client, a Food and Beverage company in Ballina Co Mayo is currently looking to recruit an Automation Manager for their site.

Job responsibilities:

This role will be responsible for
  • Automation manufacturing systems and ensuring that the necessary automation skills & resources are available within the Automation Team to meet business needs.
  • The management of capital, revenue and internal / external resources to support process control systems operation, process improvements, process maintenance and process infrastructure development through a team of highly qualified PLC, software and control engineers.
  • Ensuring the reliability and integrity of PLC automation and manufacturing processes.
Key aspects of the role include;
  • Ensure both process and PLC automation integrity in support of capacity objectives of 15-20M SUN
  • Manage cross functional teams comprising internal associates and / or external consultants / contractors.
  • Liase with leadership team, managers, regulatory bodies, external consultant and technology authorities.
  • Remain at leading edge of automation and process technologies.
Responsibilities of the Automation Manager;
  • As a key member of the Engineering management team the Automation Manager will support the overall Engineering function.
  • Provide automation systems support capability, project management and computer systems validation expertise, and maintain relevant control systems skills.
  • Develop and maintain a “road map” for system development and estimates for associated capital expenditure.
  • Ensure that the team is up to date with relevant automation technologies and that advantageous technological initiatives are included in the capital planning process.
  • Develop and maintain relevant system standards in line with local and Corporate requirements.
  • Co-ordinate the activities of software and automation engineers, providing prioritisation on projects / tasks and production support.
  • Manage automation vendors and contractors including system support contracts and external access arrangements.
  • Consolidate long term plans for control system maintenance and improvements
  • Manage validations and approve associated documentation and specifications.
Educational Requirements
  • University/Bachelor's Degree in Electrical, Electronic or Chemical Engineering, Chartered (preferred)
Essential criteria;
  • Demonstrated capability to lead and manage high calibre technical professionals
  • Commercially aware of both business and operational dynamics
  • A minimum of 5 years experience working with manufacturing automation systems.
  • Project management experience of automation projects in a batch environment, using a GAMP project lifecycle.
  • Experience in project management, design, installation, commissioning and validation of automation projects in food, chemical or life sciences industries.
  • Expert knowledge of manufacturing automation and experience of batch systems.
  • Problem solving mindset with experience of continuous improvement.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Performance Management and People Development.
  • Budget control.
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting demands and to prioritise accordingly.
  • Occasional overnight travel required
For further information on this Automation Manager please contact Anna McGowan on 086 4667369 /

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