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Automation Engineer

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Job ID SR0040565 Date posted 09/04/2019 Location Dunboyne, Ireland

This role will be part of our Process Engineering and Automation Hub in our new state of the art single use multi-product biotech facility in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland.  This facility will manufacture enzyme replacement and antibody-based therapies for our rare disease Patients in Takeda,  a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide.

The organisational structure at the site will be based on self-directed work teams where decisions will be made at the level where the data exists. 

The Automation Engineer will work across the site self-directed work teams and hub teams to identify and resolve issues in order to allow the site to achieve our Governance Pillars in EHS, Quality, Value, People and Delivery.

The  Automation Engineer  will be part of a team responsible for  systems engineering and for provision of operational and technical support to the site


  • Provide manufacturing execution systems, automation and technical support to ensure stable, efficient and robust operations at the site.
  • Maintains the plant engineering areas in an inspection-ready, GMP compliant state.
  • Anticipate, solve or escalate problems as appropriate.
  • Provide a timely update of achievements and challenges.
  • Support escalation plan for routine and out of hour’s emergencies and response.
  • Work collaboratively on resolving obstacles and building relationships so as to maintain a highly effective and productive work environment.  
  • Investigate events and non-conformances and complete technical reports as appropriate.


  • Monitor and optimise systems performance
  • Conduct risk assessments and mitigation projects relating to system performance.
  • Collaboratively develop requirements and recommendations for system modifications, upgrades, retrofits and replacements.
  • Manage manufacturing execution systems projects and maintenance programmes by following a systematic approach in accordance with financial and business requirements.
  • Control, develop and modify manufacturing execution system process recipes.
  • Provide appropriate support to ensure manufacturing execution system design, commissioning, qualification and validation are executed per requirements.
  • Manage implementation and cost control of small to medium-sized site-specific projects through conception, approval, planning, execution, and validation in all parts of the plant.
  • Develop and implement robust processes to drive an environment of right-first-time.
  • Utilise Operational Excellence tools and techniques in completing designs, implementing technical solutions and resolving complex problems.
  • Maintain specifications and standard procedures to align with industry standards.
  • Establish and maintain best-in-class automation systems, process and methodologies around the management of automation specifications, GEP, reliability and technologies and the integration of a highly automated operating model across the site.
  • Review and approve changes to operating procedures and the change control process relating to the systems



  • Get actively involved by participating in inspections, GEMBA’s and Go-See’s.
  • Complete COMMIT cards to highlight ways of working within our SDWT’s and Hubs and across our site that support our COMMIT culture.
  • Provide immediate feedback to others at any time to reinforce good safety and improvement behaviours and acts.
  • Routinely talk about any safety issues you are concerned about.
  • Know the hazards of the tasks you are performing, actively conduct risk assessments for inclusion into operational SOPs.
  • Challenge yourself before starting any task and identify safety improvements and be an active participant of our site safety standards challenging the status quo.  If something is out of the ordinary, or something changes, step back and reassess; if in doubt do not do it.
  • Challenge and identify improvements to the safety and environmental programmes on site.
  • Ensure you are effectively trained for the work you need to do, challenge the safety training if it is not effective.
  • Promote an environment where everyone speaks up for our culture of safety and looks out for one another.
  • Be a visible leader of safety initiatives and stay actively involved in safety forums.


  • Celebrate with the use of proactive recognition tools that inspire teams and individuals you collaborate with.
  • Be an ambassador for the Takeda Values of Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, Perseverance.
  • Provide coaching for your team members as part of the continuous improvement mindset
  • Role model the behaviours that create a culture of dignity and respect.


  • Identify improvement opportunities, perform technical troubleshooting and successfully implement solutions
  • Support the implementation of site strategy and business unit strategy by identifying appropriate initiatives for applicable improvements to the value stream. In some instances support corporate initiatives and projects as required.
  • Lead approved projects and continuous improvement initiatives that are in alignment with the site strategies.
  • Get actively involved in supporting the implementation of the lean management system


  • Be active in the external Network across industries to develop ideas that can be reapplied at Takeda Dunboyne Biologics.
  • Encourage new and innovative approaches to improve the value stream.
  • Utilise real-time data analytics for making decisions on the value stream improvement initiatives.
  • Engage in implementing innovative solutions that drive a high-performance organisational culture that accommodates rapid growth and highly dynamic expectations ensuring attainment of site operational and development goals.
  • Create an environment of right first time in everything that we do through a focus on principles of lean, including simplification, standard work, visual management and a learning organisation.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelors Level 8 degree in an engineering or science discipline or equivalent
  • Experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry desirable
  • Organisation Skills – Ability to manage multiple priorities and know when to escalate issues for resolution.
  • Proven record of accomplishments in a regulated industry.
  • Interest in computers an advantage.
  • Must enjoy working in a team-based environment.
  • Prior Automation experience is not considered essential for the right candidate – bioprocess engineering, process operations experience in an automated environment etc will be considered.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Demonstrate the Takeda Values of Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, Perseverance as a natural way of working.
  • Strong project management skills to support project delivery and operational readiness.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills to manage both internal and external stakeholders that support the site.
  • A proven ability to lead cross-functional teams and deliver on tight timelines.
  • Excellent influencing/collaboration skills and teamwork mindset.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills as well as an ability to coach and mentor self-directed teams through complex problems solving.
  • Ability to challenge the status quo with a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Proven ability in using a wide variety of lean tools and building capability within teams.
  • Change agent who will support the organisation with good change management tools and techniques.
  • Proven ability through working across teams focusing on meeting and tracking to schedules and embracing and interdependent work culture as an agile team member.
  • Strong Talent Developer with a focus on creating a continuous learning organisation through active coaching.
  • Effective communicator with a proven ability to grow talent and future leaders.
  • Promoting a culture where diversity and inclusion is part of the DNA.
  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Establishes stretch goals for self to allow the SDWT or Hub-Team deliver on their priorities.
  • Identifying and communicating risks the area of responsibility and across the site.
  • Creating strategies and plans to manage risk within the value stream and SDWT and Hub teams.

Internal and External Contacts

  • Collaborates across the Network and continuous improvement teams across the  Organisation.
  • Key collaboration with the Self-Directed Work Teams and Hubs across the enterprise.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams to deliver the site objectives.
  • For continuous improvement collaborates with Business Excellence peers across the Biologics business unit in Takeda and through external forums to drive business excellence.

Other Job Requirements

  • This role is a site based role.

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