Lead Automation Engineer - Facilities

Job description

Site Name: USA - Pennsylvania - King of Prussia
Posted Date: Aug 6 2020

As Lead Automation Engineer you will provide engineering and technical support of building & utility control systems and related instrumentation in the Biopharmaceutical Operations facility through both supervisory and individual contribution.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following:

  • Provide technical leadership in support of building & utility control systems and network infrastructure. Critical systems include Emerson DeltaV, Siemens BAS, and Rockwell PLCs. 
  • Collaborate with building stakeholders and vendors throughout the automation lifecycle: gather system/end user requirements; complete design, implementation, and testing/validation of changes; maintain documentation; maintain and monitor various site automation systems. 
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems with instrumentation and building & utility control systems; generate recommendations and then develop/execute solutions to correct and resolve. 
  • Contribute to the overall health and effectiveness of the Process Controls team. Support and mentor direct reports & colleagues within the team. Drive the continuous improvement of ways of working, tools, and procedures. 
  • Support site technology related to systems integration and digital transformation initiatives.
  • Supervise a small sub-team of automation engineers. 
  • Responsible for sub-team's overall performance. 
  • Lead by example and consistently display key professional behaviors and characteristics including, but not limited to: customer focus, initiative, active accountability, composure, integrity, and teamwork. 
  • As the leader of a sub-team, act as an effective primary point of contact for customers and stakeholders by providing high availability and ensuring your reports are adequately informed & aligned with messaging, priorities, & expectations.
  • Maintain strong lines of communication - clear, transparent, and timely - with the Process Controls Manager. 

 Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • BS/BA in engineering, life sciences, biology or equivalent technical discipline


    8 years of relevant technical experience
  • Experience in design, programming, start-up, and troubleshooting of building/utility control systems (Siemens BAS, Emerson DeltaV, and PLCs) and instrumentation.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Experience leading a technical team with direct reports.
  • Prior experience in systems/account administration, network design, and server troubleshooting.
  • Prior experience with systems integration and industry communication protocols (e.g. OPC).
  • Experience working in a GMP environment.
  • Knowledge in current standards of control system platforms and computer system validation.
  • Ability to diagnose problems, generate options, prioritize issues, select optimal solutions, and implement decisions/resolve problems.
  • A demonstrated ability to interact well with peers and senior personnel in multidisciplinary teams involving scientific, engineering, and operational disciplines.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.

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