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Manager, Automation Engineer (Manufacturing)

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Closing date
May 8, 2024

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Physical Sciences, Engineering, Other, Manufacturing/QA/QC
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
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

Working with Pfizer's dynamic engineering team, you will play a critical role in the management of manufacturing information systems to improve manufacturing success rates and ensuring zero down time.

As a Manager Automation Engineer working with the Strategic Automation team, your knowledge and skill will be utilized to support a variety of customers. Our team provides three crucial services:
  • Automation support of large, capital projects from design to build to test to Operations turnover.
  • Partnering with the corporate Digital team, support integration of shop floor systems to corporate manufacturing execution systems (MES)
  • Provide escalation support and troubleshooting to our colleagues supporting base business operations.
  • It is your hard work and dedication that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Contribute to the completion of projects, manage own time on agreed targets, develop plans for own projects and leads small project teams.
  • Demonstrate good planning, organizing, time management and team participation skills.
  • Generate and develop standard operating procedures and system support.
  • Analyze operational process problems and recommend appropriate corrective and preventative actions.
  • Manage change control authoring and execution.
  • Participate in the site and network wide teams to provide cybersecurity alignment and direction.
  • Provide 24x7x365 support of our automation systems and perform automation activities for capital and non-capital projects.
  • Modify moderately complex to highly complex control logic that requires a degree of scientific and/or manufacturing process expertise.
  • Mentor and guide junior staff and serve as a technical trainer, whenever necessary.
  • Clearly communicate progress and issues to peers.


  • Applicant must have a High School Diploma (or Equivalent) and 10 years of relevant experience.
  • OR an Associate's degree with 8 years of experience.
  • OR a Bachelor's with at least 5 years of experience.
  • OR Master's Degree with more than 3 years of experience.
  • OR a PhD with 0+ years of experience.
  • Experience with writing software test plans, user requirements, and system design documents.
  • Strong knowledge of programming and troubleshooting of Rockwell and/or Siemens PLCs.
  • Strong knowledge of programming and troubleshooting of Rockwell FTView, GE iFix, and/or Wonderware System Platform HMIs.
  • Good knowledge or programming and troubleshooting of Rockwell FTBatch and/or Wonderware InBatch.
  • Strong knowledge of Computerized Systems, Compliance regulations and standards.
  • Teamwork spirit, good communication skills and training abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills {written and oral}.

  • Relevant pharmaceutical experience.
  • Database/Historian knowledge (SQL, AVEVA PI).
  • MES experience - Rockwell PharmaSuite.
  • Vmware and virtualization knowledge.
  • Basic networking knowledge.

  • Office and plant environment. Keyboarding, lifting, standing, bending, walking.

  • Weekend and off hours work required, some overtime.
  • Supporting 24/7 operation - on call coverage.
  • Adhere to safe work practices.
  • Some travel.

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: May 10, 2024
  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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