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Senior Automation Engineer

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
Apr 23, 2024

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Physical Sciences, Engineering
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
Why Patients Need You

Whether you are involved in the design and development of manufacturing processes for products or supporting maintenance and reliability, engineering is vital to making sure customers and patients have the medicines they need, when they need them. Working with our innovative engineering team, you'll help bring medicines to the world even faster by imagining what's possible and taking action.

What You Will Achieve

Accountable for developing, implementing and supporting automation, control and historian software applications within API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) manufacturing environment. Work includes programming, testing, debugging and installation of newapplications within a cGMP environment. Works under the guidance of the CRD-M (Chemical Research & Development - Manufacturing) Automation Lead.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Implement and/or manage software projects to enhance capabilities of automation systems to meet the needs of PSSM, as additional unit operations, projects and facilities are evolved.
  • Provides day-to-day programming support of manufacturing control systems, data historians, and reporting software supporting API manufacturing within the Kilolab batch and continuous areas
  • Support production start-ups by assisting with recipe configuration, module configuration, and process graphic configuration
  • Designs and implements software, coding and programming to ensure effective start-up, operation, sustainability and continuous improvement as additional unit operations, projects and facilities are evolved.
  • In partnership with the automation lead designs and develops user requirements for new systems and system updates.
  • Develops and modifies control system and historian applications according to standard Pfizer Digital practices.
  • Partners with Pfizer digital to ensure systems meet all data and security standards, supports system security updates and patches as needed.
  • Ensures that hardware is operational and meeting all functional requirements, proposes hardware updates and improvements based on system performance and usage data
  • Oversight of system hardware, interfaces, and IT infrastructure for successful operation.
  • Collaboration with Pfizer Digital to ensure effective cyber security.
  • Collaborate with third parties to deliver on automation needs
  • Draft, review, and own change records for changes to automation systems
  • Author, review, and approve regulated documents that describe key functionality and system configuration
  • Identify and independently own continuous improvement projects to increase manufacturing flexibility and reduce nonvalue added time within the manufacturing space.
  • Collaborate with internal colleagues and contractors to design and implement high level automation changes to improve module performance and robustness of systems while meeting customer needs.



  • Education and experience
    • Relevant BS degree (for example, Electrical, Electronic, or Chemical Engineering) with 5+ years of relevant industrial experience.
    • Relevant Masters degree (for example, Electrical, Electronic, or Chemical Engineering) with 4+ years of relevant industrial experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plant and process operation for fine chemical or chemical/ pharmaceutical/ refinery/ power industry.
  • Track record of automation engineering with experience in automation and control, system design, hardware, programming, system interfaces, and IT infrastructure.
  • Project requirement definition, commissioning support, equipment startup, and operational qualification, along with life cycle support (troubleshooting and correction of mal operation/failures)
  • Project management of automation projects as well as demonstrated communication and collaboration and track record of continuous improvement.


  • Extensive experience using Emerson Delta V control systems and OSI Pi Data Historian applications.
  • Experience working in continuous and/or batch manufacturingand development in GMP environment.
  • Experience with Infobatch/Agiledoc reporting software,
  • Experience with automation software change management in a GMP environment


Candidate must be physically capable of working in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility and development laboratory. Role involves ability to manage a complex project across multiple facilities and lines.


This role may require international travel.

Role may require some off hour support as needed by business
\nRelocation support available\n
Work Location Assignment: Flexible

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $93,500.00 to $155,900.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 12.5% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life's moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site - U.S. Benefits | ( Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.


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