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Automation Engineer - PLC Systems

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Automation Engineer - PLC Systems

Job Description


In this role, the incumbent will coordinate and execute daily activities and troubleshooting in the HMI/PLC of stand alone systems.
The incumbent will execute projects improvements and modifications in the HMI/PLC of stand alone systems.

This position will be reporting to the Responsible Engineer Automation.


  • Work independently with various PLC Siemens S7-1500 series and Siemens HMI Comfort panels in order to implement improvement project changes, maintenance activities, logic PLC programming, coding etc. 
  • Directly support troubleshooting and issue resolution to Automation PLC Systems in coordination with electricians, IT, etc.
  • Support to subcontractors, vendors to assure the automation the projects implementation in accordance with Biogen Standards. 
  • Execute corrective and preventive actions to improve the PLC systems and support maintenance activities related to all the Automation PLC systems on site.
  • Create various automation documents (Software Design Specification, Hardware Design Specification, Functional Specification, work instructions) and keep it up-to-date and accurate.
  • Provide technical support for tracking alarms in the PLC systems. 
  • Review performance and life cycle management of the User Management, Backup Management and Audit Trail servers. Regular communication with IT support team.
  • Support commissioning activities from the Automation point of view (e.g. extension projects, improvements or revamping projects) and the validation team (executing testing protocols, project change requests, etc.)


Software knowledge:

  • >2 years Siemens TIA Portal Program 13, 14, 15 and 16 experience – essential.
  • >2 years Siemens Step 7 is a plus
  • Emerson Delta V is a plus.
  • Siemens Simatic Logon is a plus.
  • Auvesy Versiondog is a plus.

Hardware knowledge:

  • Siemens PLC S7-1500/400 PLC experience
  • Siemens HMI Comfort Panel 

Communication Protocols:

  • Profinet, Profibus and Modbus experience – essential. 

General skills:

  • Experience in pharmaceutical (GMP) environment.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience with automation systems. 
  • IT Skills (Network infrastructure, Firewall basic knowledge, virtual machines, Citrix) is a plus. 
  • Good communication skills

Education and Languages Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in automation engineering field, or equivalent by proven track of experience
  • Good and proficient Technical English knowledge (B2 minimum). German is a plus.