Shire Automation Engineer in Dunboyne, Ireland

As our Automation Engineer you will be a part of our Automation and Process Engineering Hub for our new state of the art single use multi-product biotech facility in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland. This facility will manufacture enzyme replacement and antibody-based therapies for Takeda, the leading global biotech company focused on rare diseases.

The organisational structure at the site will be based on self-directed work teams where decisions will be made at the level where the data exists.

As our Automation Engineer you will work across the site self-directed work teams and hub teams to identify and resolve issues in order to allow the site to achieve the strategic objectives related to Safety, Quality/Compliance, Supply Assurance (i.e. capacity, yield, fulfilment) and Value.



  • Provide automation and technical support to ensure stable, efficient and robust operations at the site.

  • Manage automation service contractors and suppliers to ensure effective services, cost, and compliance with Takeda requirements.

  • Maintains the plant engineering areas in an inspection-ready, GMP compliant state.

  • Anticipate, solve or escalate problems as appropriate.

  • Provide timely update of achievements and challenges.

  • Support escalation plan for routine and out of hour’s emergencies, and response for automation team.

  • Work collaboratively on resolving obstacles and building relationships so as to maintain a highly effective and productive work environment.

  • Investigate events and non-conformances


  • Monitor systems performance

  • Conduct risk assessments and mitigation projects relating to system performance.

  • Collaboratively develop requirements and recommendations for system modifications, upgrades, retrofits and replacements.

  • Manage automation projects and maintenance programmes by following a systematic approach in accordance with financial and business requirements.

  • Control, develop and modify process software

  • Design, commission and implement automation code and equipment changes.

  • Provide appropriate support to ensure plant automation design, commissioning, qualification and validation is executed per requirements.

  • Manage implementation and cost control of small to medium sized site specific projects through conception, approval, planning, execution, and validation in all parts of the plant.

  • Develop and implement robust processes to drive an environment of right-first-time.

  • Utilise Operational Excellence tools and techniques in completing designs, implementing technical solutions and resolving complex problems.

  • Maintain specifications and standard procedures to align with industry standards.

  • Establish and maintain best-in-class automation systems, process and methodologies around the management of automation specifications, GEP, reliability and technologies and the integration of a highly automated operating model across the site.

  • Review and approve changes to operating procedures and the change control process relating to the systems

  • Control, develop and modify process software


  • Partner with the EHS Hub to ensure sustainable EHS programmes are engrained and deployed, to develop effective integrated solutions to EHS requirements, to develop a valuable EHS learning programme for you and to assist with safety initiatives.

  • Capability to assist and provide clear understanding of safety within your role as required during regulatory agency and corporate group audits and assessments.

  • Stay actively involved by participating in inspections, GEMBAs and Go-See’s, reporting safety observations.

  • Provide immediate feedback to others at any time to reinforce good safety behaviours and acts.

  • Routinely talk about any safety issues you are concerned about.

  • Know the hazards of the tasks you are performing, actively conduct risk assessments to be included into all operational SOPs.

  • Challenge yourself before starting any task and identify safety improvements and be an active participant of our site safety standards, challenge the status quo. If something is out of the ordinary, or something changes, step back and reassess; if in doubt do not do it.

  • Challenge and identify improvements to the safety and environmental programmes on site.

  • Ensure you are effectively trained for the work you need to do, challenge the safety training if it is not effective.

  • Be a visible leader of safety initiatives and stay actively involved in safety forums


  • Support the development and continuous update of the value stream map.

  • Support development and regular update of the site capacity evaluations to identify projects and initiatives that support site ramp up and sustainability.

  • Utilize continuous improvement tools, lean and six sigma methodology to identify improvement opportunities, perform technical troubleshooting and successfully implement solutions.

  • Support the implementation of site strategy and business unit strategy by identifying appropriate initiatives for applicable improvements to the value stream. In some instances support corporate initiatives and projects.

  • Identify the appropriate business drivers for each initiative, draft proposals and seek appropriate governance approvals.

  • Lead approved projects and continuous improvement initiatives that are in alignment with the site strategies.

  • Support detailed project planning including but not limited to schedule and resources and successfully execute cross functional projects.

  • Prepare timely project reports and communicate effectively with all stakeholders including reporting any potential project delays timely and provide mitigation plans to assure on-time execution.

  • Work with the Enterprise Schedule team to ensure the Lean training strategy is incorporated and the capability build is visible to support business needs.

  • Reporting of Value Stream Key Performance Indicators & Metrics.

  • Support the implementation of the Lean Management System.


  • Benchmark across industries to develop a best in class lean manufacturing environment.

  • Encourage new and innovative approaches to improve the value stream.

  • Utilization of real-time data analytics for making decisions on the value stream improvement initiatives.

  • Engage in implementing innovative solutions that drive a high performance organisational culture that accommodates rapid growth and highly dynamic expectations ensuring attainment of site operational and development goals.

  • Create an environment of right first time in everything that we do through a focus on principles of lean, including simplification, standard work, visual management and a learning organisation.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Level 8 qualification in a Science or Engineering discipline required

  • At least 1 years’ experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry desirable.

  • Organisation Skills – Ability to manage multiple priorities and know when to escalate issues for resolution.

  • Prior Automation experience is not essential; bioprocess engineering, process operations experience in an automated environment etc will be considered.

  • Interest in computers an advantage

  • Must enjoy working in a team-based environment

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

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Takeda is an industry-leading, global pharmaceutical company with an unwavering dedication to putting patients at the center of everything we do. We live our values of Takeda-ism – Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance – and are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own.