Connecting to LinkedIn...

Vacancy Details

Engineering & Technical

Lead Automation Engineer - Westmeath - 104261

Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Westmeath
Date: 22/05/2019
Job Reference: 104261
Contact Name: Anna McGowan
Contact Email:

Job Description

Lead Automation Engineer - Westmeath - 104261
Contact: Anna McGowan
Telephone: 0864667369

Lead Automation Engineer in Athlone
Our client, a medical device company in ATHLONE are currently looking to recruit a Lead Automation Engineer for their growing site.

Summary of the Lead Automation Engineer
  • The primary function will be to serve as a subject matter expert for automated process equipment and building controls systems. Ability to build rapport with key members of the operations and engineering teams to implementing automation changes\fixes\improvement projects.
  • Support investigations as the automation subject matter expert and manage and implement system changes following the site change control procedures.
Key responsibilities of the Lead Automation Engineer;
  • Maintain the validated state of the automated systems.
  • life cycle documents to meet business requirements in the support of automated systems.
  • Provide system support in the areas of PM's, engineering spares, maintenance, training programs, and Data Integrity.
  • Support and programming for PLC's, motion control and PC controlled equipment. These systems will be effectively integrated with other plant or machine elements including, Robotics, PLC based control systems, Motion Control Systems, Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems, Machine and Process Safeguarding elements etc.
  • To provide technical expertise in the area of process automation and equipment development.
  • Support department to be audit\inspection ready and participate in audits and regulatory inspections as required.
  • Develop in-depth technical knowledge of all of the different automation systems on site.
  • Design, develop and test software code in accordance with site coding standards and following good automation manufacturing practice.
  • Implement code\systems changes on the automation systems under site change management\change control.
  • Provide technical support to partners within Engineering and Operations for automated systems during the life cycle of the equipment.
  • Resolve issues by engaging with Global IT support teams.
  • Manage the specification, development and installation of projects within budget and corporate guidelines.
  • Working on site Automation Systems and continuous improvement initiatives using 6 Sigma methodologies.
  • Develop the concepts for new automation and machinery or the upgrade and refurbishment of existing assets.

Required of the Lead Automation Engineer;
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or the Life Sciences.
  • At least 5 years’ experience providing process control solutions and support to manufacturing organisations in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Experience in system design, configuration and testing of automated processes in a batch manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to keep work pace and meet deadlines. Good organisational and planning skills.
  • Proven success working well in a team environment with flexibility to react to changing business needs.

Preferable experience of the Lead Automation Engineer;
  • Experience with configuration of Siemens PLC’s or DCS system (Foxboro I/A DCS, Rockwell, DeltaV, , ABB 800XA, etc).
  • Experience in Biotech Upstream, Downstream and supporting utility processes including CIP.
  • Strong experience with vendor packaged automation equipment including PLC platforms is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of databases, data historians, reporting and analytic systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills. Problem solver with a focus on achievement of overall project goals.
  • Knowledge of Pharmaceutical Industry GMP Regulations.
  • Experience in HAZOP

For further information on this Automation Engineer role in Athlone please contact Anna McGowan on 0864667369 /
Check out all our open jobs on our HERO Recruitment website –

Share this Job

Your Consultant:

Consultant: Anna McGowan
Mobile: 0864667369

“I have worked with HERO recruitment (formerly HERO recruitment) for a number of years both within my current and previous position. I have always found HERO recruitment excellent to partner with, the consultants know our industry and cultural fit and can therefore successfully source high calibre candidates to match our open vacancies. I find HERO recruitment very professional to deal with and any candidates I interview who are sourced by HERO always have a positive recruitment experience”.

Moira Faherty,
Human Resources Manager
Chanelle Group

“My very first impression was that I was dealing with a recruitment company who were extremely professional, supportive and knowledgeable of the role for which I was applying. Not only were the responsibilities of the role explained to me in great detail, but they also went to great lengths to really understand the depth of my technical, managerial and leadership experience and capabilities. What impressed me the most was their personal touch in building a strong relationship with me as a candidate and in maintaining regular contact with me on the status of the role throughout the application process”.

Adrian Rice,
Engineering Manager 
Boston Scientific

“HERO have been a key strategic recruiting partner to Hollister ULC over many years. During our continued growth and expansion at our facility in Ballina, Hero have worked closely with us to really understand our recruiting needs, the calibre of talent we are looking for, and the fit for our Hollister culture. HERO have successfully sourced and placed candidates for us into Research and Development, Project / Process Engineering, Supply Chain and key Management roles.  They have a very experienced and professional team, and bring an excellent regional, national and international perspective”. 

Tom Horkan,
Asst. HR Manger
Hollister ULC, Ballina, Co. Mayo

"From the first prompt call-back to the ultimate congratulatory call to inform me of a job offer, Karl was an absolute professional; sound advice, solid research and knowledge of companies, unwavering persistence and friendly encouragement. West is best, so for anyone looking for a technical role, talk to Karl"

Fiachra Collins
Computer Vision Algorithm Team Manager

“HERO Recruitment continues to be a valued partner in supplying high calibre candidates to all three Boston Scientific sites in Ireland. In particular they have been successful in delivering on specific roles for key project scale-ups. HERO has also provided on-site recruitment presence during increased activity when required and consistently operate in a highly professional and competent manner”.   

Lorraine McDonnell,
Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
Boston Scientific 

“HERO Recruitment were instrumental in sourcing and delivering key talent to the organisation and enabled us to meet our key deliverables within our start-up phase. They thoroughly understood our culture and constantly over delivered on our expectations. Our partnership with HERO Recruitment has without a doubt been  a professional and collaborative one. HERO exceed themselves in all aspects of recruitment and are an absolute pleasure to work with”.

Christine Power,
VP of Human Resources

“HERO recruitment is an extension to our talent acquisition team. From hiring strategy meeting to the induction of the right talent, the HERO recruitment team provide an exemplary service. They are knowledgeable about our business needs, responsive and thorough. A true talent acquisition partner”. 

Orla Keady-Giblin,
Human Resources Manager
Ingersoll Rand – Thermo King

Clients we are proud to work with