Sr. Automation Engineer

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position


Develops, implements and maintains methods, operation sequence and processes in the manufacture or fabrication of parts, components, sub assemblies and final assemblies. Interfaces with design engineering in coordinating the release of new products. Estimates manufacturing cost, determines time standards, and makes recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines. Maintains records and reporting systems for coordination of manufacturing operations.


  • Influence automation strategy by fostering innovation and developing novel solutions for future business needs through the continual evaluation of state-of-the-art technologies, current industry trends, direct digital manufacturing, data analytics etc. to maximize speed to market while reducing defect rate and down time.
  • Work effectively as a technical leader on multidisciplinary engineering capital project teams:  
  • Develop business case for the introduction, upgrade, retrofit or expansion of wide range of process control systems and technologies. Effectively present the business case to internal and external stakeholders, capital delivery portfolio teams and executive level management.
  • Lead the design, development and qualification of process automation systems, data infrastructure, business intelligence and data visualization systems.
  • Define project execution strategy, resource needs, options and cost benefit analysis, engineering document development, system design, system configuration and programming design.
  • Generation of GAMP5 Risk-Based project strategy for commissioning and qualification, requirements traceability, risk and impact assessments, criticality assessments and engineering documents for cGMP systems and facilities.  The Sr. Automation engineer will also need to provide project management to coordinate Genentech and/or contract engineering resources, facilitate meetings, provide field supervision, equipment inspection and start-up, construction & installation and training oversite.
  • Enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Automation Engineering department by contributing toward infrastructure improvements to existing procedures, practices, standards and cross-functional business processes. The candidate should share insights and improvements, participate in design reviews across the portfolio of departmental projects, and contribute to best practice forums across our network of global engineers and partners.
  • Participate in all activities required to support production including but not limited to; campaign support, troubleshooting, rotational 24/7 on-call support, investigations, periodic reviews, root cause analysis, safety and Quality preventative and corrective actions.
  • Ensures effective maintenance and availability of automation systems and equipment. Support software and hardware life cycle management efforts to maintain systems current and compliant.
  • Act as a mentor to develop peer and junior engineers with similar or less expertise.
  • Success in this position requires strong verbal and written communication skills to effectively collaborate and foster positive interactions with team members while managing adherence to project scope, budget and schedule.  The candidate will need to be customer-focus, self-driven and comfortable with ambiguity and complex problem solving.  The candidate will need to be self-driven, able to quickly prioritize work in alignment with business and customer needs and comfortable working in a dynamic environment with a diverse automation landscape.

Qualification Requirements:

  • B.S. in Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Pharmaceutical Engineering or equivalent with 8-11 years GxP pharmaceutical technology experience.
  • 10+ years automation focused industry experience involving automation design, automation performance analysis, or automation engineering services.
  • Extensive knowledge / experience with hardware and software development, implementation and support for Emerson DeltaV and Rockwell Allen Bradley automation systems including integration of ISA88 and ISA95 Batch Standards.
  • Experience with industrial networks and communication protocols preferred
  • Experience with Manufacturing Execution System, ERP and IT data integration preferred
  • A desire to innovate and improve processes by driving lean concepts in design and execution
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary project groups and deal with customers and suppliers

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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