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Automation Engineer

Hobson Prior
England, London
Start date
29 Nov 2022
Closing date
22 Dec 2022

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Manufacturing, Engineering
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
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Job Details

Hobson Prior are looking for a Automation Engineer to join an accomplished pharmaceutical company on a permanent basis, located in London. Our Client aims to develop potentially curative treatments for serious diseases.

Please note that to be considered for this role you must have the right to work in this location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • In this position you will be responsible for converting business, technical, and regulatory requirements into system-level solutions.
  • Managing technical work streams across functions throughout the entire project lifecycle.
  • Ensure that equipment and systems are in compliance with the user and qualification requirements by preparing and entering equipment and system requirements, requirements for design qualification, and data integrity assessments.
  • Ensure vendor Functional Design Specifications (FDS), Hardware Design Specifications (HDS), and Software Design Specifications (SDS) are reviewed.
  • Ensure systems meet company standards, by providing technical oversight of FAT, SAT, IQ, and OQ testing.
  • Providing automation and engineering support for vendor packaged equipment, building management systems, and environmental monitoring systems. Including monitoring, maintaining, troubleshooting, and investigating control system hardware, wiring, and instrumentation (may require out-of-hours support).
  • Review and/or approve Preventive Maintenance Plans, SOPs, IQ/OQs, commissioning protocols, user requirements, acceptance testing plans, and functional specifications.
  • Work with Quality and Computer System Validation personnel to ensure automation and adherence to GMP requirements.
  • Maintain the site QMS system with Quality Events, change controls, CAPAs, and deviations.
  • Implement innovative solutions to improve system performance, reliability, and compliance.
  • Provide support for upcoming equipment installation and training efforts.
  • Maintain Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Data Integrity, and Good Documentation Practice (GDP) and abide by the applicable procedures.
  • Ensures own training is completed in a timely and GMP-compliant manner.
  • Assure that my GMP documentation (including Issues, CAPAs, Change Controls, BMRs and audit/inspection actions) is closed on time and in RFT status.

Key Skills

  • Effectively communicates and works with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Analytical problem solving skills.
  • Capable of communicating and leading others.


  • A Bachelor's degree in mechanical, chemical, or electrical engineering from an accredited university is required.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience developing or supporting automated systems.
  • Experience with batch process control, including standards for batch process control.
  • Process and environment experience in pharma/biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Experience with DCSs, PLCs and Software applications, ideally across a number of industrial platforms.
  • An understanding of DCS, PLCs, remote I/O panels, BMS equipment, wiring and cabling systems, and proprietary equipment controllers.
  • Expertise in ControlNet, Ethernet IP, Modbus, BACnet, and Profibus protocols and architectures.
  • Worked on requirements gathering, design, configuration, integration, and implementation of manufacturing process control systems, batch software, PLC based control systems, HMI packages, building management systems, SCADA systems, and PC networking.
  • Knowledge of FDA regulations relating to biologics and drugs.
  • Understanding of FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11.

Apply now:

If you are interested in learning more or applying to this exciting opportunity then please click "Apply" and upload a copy of your CV. Alternatively, for further details or to talk directly to a life sciences recruitment specialist directly, please select "Contact me" at the top of this page.

Hobson Prior is a leading life sciences recruiter focused on finding exceptional people and matching them with the finest positions across the globe. Hobson Prior is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.


Providing recruitment solutions across the life sciences industry

Hobson Prior is a leading specialist life sciences recruiter focused on finding and placing outstanding candidates across Europe and the Asia Pacific. We work proactively and with integrity, communicate in a professional and honest manner and invest time to understand and match the exact requirements of our clients and candidates.

Our highly selective clients trust us to source and secure interim and permanent candidates who’ll make a real difference to the success of their business. Our candidates, the best in the industry, often choose to work with us exclusively because we offer the best opportunities in their specialist field.

Representing who we are and what we stand for, our values influence the way we serve our clients and candidates and the way we interact with each other.

We identified them collaboratively – as a team – and so feel 100% invested in them. Together, we think they provide the best possible outcomes all who work with us.

Our standards are set high. We work to a rigorous set of processes to ensure that our conduct is professional, ethical and delivered with integrity at all times.

We are dedicated to finding the very best solutions for our clients and candidates, always going the extra mile to deliver measureable value.

We are guided by our experience and knowledge to provide the best possible service and support to our candidates, clients and colleagues. Our approach is consultative and collaborative.

We focus solely on our chosen market, developing expert consultants who know their industry in depth and specialise within it.

We find great candidates, developing relationships with them regardless of whether they are actively looking. This means we are able to provide both candidates and clients with unique opportunities.

Driven by results, we have plans to expand across different global regions and markets and have confidence in our ability to grow successfully through our core focus.

Find Us
01892 612 612
Wellington Gate
7-9 Church Rd
Tunbridge Wells
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