Shire Automation Engineer I (Delta V) in Los Angeles, California

This position reports to Weekend Grave (E) shift. This shift schedule is Friday and Saturday 10:00 PM to 10:00 AM, plus two additional eight hours shifts during the week. This shift requires working on all company designated holidays. Due to business need, on select occasion employees may be required to work overtime and/or support operations on an alternate shift.

Works as part of the team to partner with manufacturing in troubleshooting the automated control processes. Contributes to the successful implementation of system improvement projects and drives improvements around manufacturing KFA (key focus areas) goals including but not limited to people/safety, quality/regulatory/compliance, customer, financials, and operational excellence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs user interventions to ensure that the manufacturing process maintains a continuous flow. Implements sustainable system to reduce UI occurrence and re-occurrence.

  • Creates, updates, and maintains manufacturing SOPs to ensure that they are in-line with the current process steps. Periodically audits manufacturing SOPs and revises them to maintain a rigid connection between control system actions and manual operations.

  • Solves automation system and manufacturing equipment issues that result in production delays; coordinates and contacts support groups for assistance. This support will include DeltaV, EBM, PLC, EBR, BAS, process, equipment, and instrumentation.

  • Participates in the execution of Project Record (PR) ownership, functional tests, Commissioning Plans, and Qualification Protocols.

  • Learns DeltaV control systems and assists the team in day to day manufacturing operations, troubleshooting, and change recommendations. Implements actions to prevent reoccurrence. This includes process and equipment issues.

  • Leads and closes small process improvement projects that relate to DeltaV, manufacturing process, manufacturing equipment, and the operator interaction with the automation system.

  • Continuously trains the manufacturing operators on the interaction between manufacturing process and automation.

  • Owns and closes corrective actions related to the automation system; this includes but is not limited to Corrective Action & Preventative Action (CAPA) that are generated due to user interventions and non-conformances/events.


• Ability to discuss normally encountered technical issues, both verbally and in written form. Excellent communication skill set is a must.

• Ability to elevate issues up when needed .

• Ability to work as a collaborative team member .

• Ability to solve routine design, process, and engineering problems with assistance.

• Ability to work on any shift required to accommodate the business need.

Education and/or experience

B.S. in Engineering (preferably in Chemical. BioChemical, Biomedical, or Mechanical) and O - 1 year related experience (in-house, co-op or acquired outside).

Physical Demands

• Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 20 lbs .

• In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in the facility.

Working Environment

• Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.

• No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

• Will work in a cold, wet environment

• Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends .

• Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions .

• Required to spend 50% of work time in the manufacturing operations area .

Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.