Shire Automation Engineer II in Lessines, Belgium


This position delivers high-quality automation systems design, analysis and programming, according client requirements and departmental standards. Position becomes automation Subject Matter Expert of client's business sector while analyzing complex issues and developing robust solutions. May coordinate activities of some team workers.


20%: Perform troubleshooting of equipment: support day-to-day requests from maintenance and production, active participation in daily operational meetings with actions follow-up, handling troubleshooting change requests, supports to 24h/7d service as required. Provide knowledge support to contractors for equipment issues. Execute shutdown and slowdown automation tasks.

Use problem-solving skills and automation Subject Matter Expert of client’s business sector in order to develop robust solutions to complex issues.

30%: Prepare and update URS, FS, DS, technical specification, Spare parts list for automation systems. Upgrade system hardware & software. Develop with his supervisor control strategy and systems for new installations.

Develop test requirements, prepare and document complex system test in agreement with quality department. Accountable for project plans & cost estimates for assigned tasks.

Define automation requirements, program, test, document, perform validation activities with autonomy.

30%: Assess automation system risk and participate to preparation of tenders for coming equipments. Identifies as Subject Master Experts system issues and develops continuous improvement opportunities. Manages complex change requests for continuous improvement. Prepare detailed technical specifications from which incumbent or others will write programs.

Uses his analytic skills to resolve technical problems, identifying root causes for problems and driving robustness solutions to prevent recurring problems.

Creates and maintain automation systems procedures and work instruction, reviews SOP as SME.

Develop controls strategy and systems/hardware for new installations related to small or medium projects .

15%: Train and mentor less experienced programmers so that they develop their application skills.

Identify opportunities and work on capacity increase and efficiency increase projects.

Coordinate activities of some team members if requested. Member of specific project core teams, coordinating related automation activities.

5%: Execute CAPA investigation and report, perform consecutive action plans.

Identify compliance potential issues and develops solutions.


  • Master degree in automation, or a related field, or equivalent experience required.

  • 7+ years of automation system experience.

  • Automation technical skills in technology used (PLC Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and/or Siemens S7, Proficy iFix HMI/SCADA supervision and/or Rockwell supervision, Programming in VB, automation field networks)

  • Solid experience in structured programming and testing in technologies used and experience in all phases of systems development

  • Database knowledge.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal skills in French. Good written English knowledge.

  • Solid analysis and problem solving skills.

  • Must be a solid team player, able to meet deadlines and handle changing priorities.

  • Ability to coordinate activities of some team members. Demonstrated leadership.

  • Ability to deeply understand the technical installations, the equipment and systems installed on the site.

  • Ability to read technical drawings e.g. P&IDs, to write validation protocols and SOP.

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