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Automation Lead

Dublin, Ireland


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On the Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) team at Takeda, you’ll be part of a rapidly transforming industry that’s applying technology and data in new ways. Within our agile, innovative, people-centric organization, your work will matter every day as you use your skills to help us manufacture therapies for patients on our four platforms:

  • Small Molecules
  • Biologics
  • Plasma
  • Cell and Gene

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Automation Lead

Job ID R0062680 Date posted May. 12, 2022 Location Dublin, Ireland

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Job Description

About the role:

The Automation Lead has a very important role to play in TILGC commitment to quality and efficient manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. Reporting to the Head of Engineering some key responsibilities include:

  • Lead and manage existing team of Automation and MES Engineers.

  • Provide automation support across all site manufacturing plants (P1, P2 and P3) and site utility systems.

  • System owner of the various site automation systems with responsibility for maintenance and service.

  • Liaise with Global colleagues on various workgroups

  • Champion digital initiatives

The Automation Lead must be capable of working on their own initiative and leading a flexible team in a demanding, regulated environment.  The delivery of targets, in compliance with quality, safety and environmental requirements, within cost targets and on schedule is a prime focus for this position.

Optional hybrid work model.

How you will contribute:

  • Lead a Team of Automation (Process Engineers (DCS)) and MES Engineers with responsibility for DCS, PLC, SCADA, FMS, Historian, MES systems and relevant Level 2&3 networks.

  • Ensure batch recipes and Electronic Batch Records (EBRs) are maintained and aligned with manufacturing requirements.

  • Maintaining validated state of existing automated systems and participation in validation activities for new systems (e.g. preparation, review and approval of various plans/protocols as required.

  • Fully support Data Integrity initiatives

  • Continuously evaluate developments in automation practices and standards,  implement related improvement programmes.

  • Provide technical support for site and global projects requiring automation input.

  • Manage team resources to support projects that involve process control modifications. Considering specialist nature of knowledge, representatives from the automation group.

  • Manage various SLA’s with Approved Suppliers.

  • Ensuring adequate levels of spare parts are maintained, disaster recovery plans are in place to minimise business risk.

  • Ensure that all activities for which they have responsibility are carried out in accordance with TILGC quality standards, current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and all other relevant policies, procedures, regulations and standards including Health and Safety and Environmental (HSE) Legislation.

  • Actively foster, in cooperation with other TIL staff, an ethos of continuous improvement where CI is accepted as an integral part of the overall business.

  • Ensure that management systems are developed and implemented to maximise the availability, effectiveness and safety of plant and equipment throughout the facility on a continuous basis.

  • Support Engineering in the maintenance of control systems associated with  all process plants, and utilities including (but not limited to) DCS and PLC/SCADA control systems, pure water system, HVAC, Environmental & Waste  Monitoring/Control Systems and other Utilities with PLC controls.

  • Proactively provide technical support to Manufacturing Operations in order to ensure that the manufacturing and ancillary facilities can be operated to optimum efficiency and that changeovers of both equipment and production areas can be carried out in an efficient and effective manner.

  • Manage DCS & PLC software configuration/recipe development/EBRs with a particular focus on future operability and ease of change of software to facilitate new manufacturing and cleaning processes in a multi-product plant.

  • Promote and encourage teamwork within the Automation group and with other TILGC staff.  Regular two-way communication is considered to be a key competency. 

  • Work with Automation Team members to establish department goals. Manage the team and this program to deliver high achievement based on each person’s personal, department and site goals.

  • Daily status updates to Engineering Director at department Tier Meeting.

  • HR management of all direct reports including responsibility for: active management of Time Management System, regular 1:1s with team members, active management of resource data, talent and goals through Workday, disciplinary requirements, (if applicable), manage ‘OnCall’ /’Call Out’ program for Team and be available to participate in and support where required.


  • Actively foster, in cooperation with other TILGC staff, an ethos and culture of safety awareness where safety is accepted as an integral part of the overall business.

  • Adhere fully to all safety policies, procedures and regulations.

  • Notify the Director, Engineering/Designee (or other appropriate responsible person) in a timely and comprehensive manner of any:

  • Breach of HSE policy, procedure or regulation.

  • Potential hazard which could have a serious impact on safety or result in serious injury.

  • Ensure that Accident Reports/Near Miss Forms are completed in a timely manner after an event.

Quality Systems and GMP

  • Preparation of reports in relation to deviations and/or investigations, as required.

  • Proactively participate in auditing programmes as required but particularly in relation to contracted engineering and related services.

  • Maintaining/updating department SOP’s, policies, documentation and backups.

  • Notify the Director, Engineering/Designee (or other appropriate responsible person) in a timely and comprehensive manner of any deviations from defined manufacturing processes or other established procedures. Any abnormal occurrences or observations should also be reported.

  • Generate documentation associated with their activities as required by cGMP, Health and Safety and Environmental regulations or management systems.

  • Ask, if in doubt, about any particular practice or unusual finding.


  • Ensure that direct reports are well trained to safely and effectively carry out their roles. Develop training for relevant personnel with a particular focus on direct operational and technical support personnel.

  • Provision of training to new hires who require DCS/SCADA/PLC, Data historian or MES access. Specialist training may also be required for individuals to build capability.

  • Lead/actively participate in all training and assessment activities (internal and external) in relation to themselves, contractors or other employees.

  • Preparation and delivery of training materials.

  • Ensure timely completion of all SOP training and assessment tasks.

  • Ensure that all training and assessment is accurately and promptly recorded for themselves and other relevant personnel in accordance with TILGC procedures.

  • Maintain and improve their professional knowledge base. Keep up to date with all current trends and relevant legislation.

General Responsibilities

  • Participate fully in any cross functional training initiatives.

  • Drive and promote the corporate values of Takeda-ism within the workplace.

  • Actively foster, in cooperation with other TIL staff, an ethos of continuous improvement where CI is accepted as an integral part of the overall business.

  • Ensure timely completion of all SOP, reading, training and assessment.

  • Other duties as required and directed by the Manager, Finance or other Officer appointed by the Board of Directors.

What you bring to Takeda:

  • An honours degree in Automation/Electronics/Controls/Electrical or Chemical Engineering or related discipline.

  • Project management qualifications would be beneficial.

  • Experience in the specification, configuration, qualification and day to day management of Automation systems (DCS/ PLC/ SCADA) within a regulated environment is mandatory.

  • Experience and/or education in managing a team would be an expectation for this role.

  • Experience gained in a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing setting would be an advantage.

  • Experience gained in automation networks, Data Historian, MES or FMS would be an advantage.

  • Background and/or education in area of CI/Lean would be an advantage.

  • Experience managing projects would be an advantage.

  • The ability to lead and direct others, as well as the ability to work as part of a team.

  • The ability to work in a highly regulated industry and strive for continuous improvement.

  • The ability to implement strategies to resolve complex problems.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills coupled with ability to produce technical reports.

  • Strong Quality orientation.

  • Well organised and adaptable to change.

  • Ability to work on own initiative.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Comprehensive understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing requirements.

  • Excellent planning and scheduling capability.

What Takeda can offer you:

Full Healthcare Cover - includes dependents

Pension Scheme

Attractive Bonus

Subsidised canteen

Parking facilities with electric car charging points

Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

Educational Assistance

Important Considerations:

At Takeda, our patients rely on us to deliver quality products. As a result, we must follow strict rules in our manufacturing facilities to ensure we are not endangering the quality of the product. In this role, you may:

  • Work in a controlled environment requiring special gowning and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. This may include additional hearing protection for loud areas.

  • Need to remove all make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish and/or artificial fingernails while in the manufacturing environment.

  • Work in a cold, wet environment.

  • Work multiple shifts, including weekends, or be asked to work supplemental hours, as necessary.

  • Work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and Celite that may require respiratory protection.

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Empowering our people to shine:

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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