Senior Automation Engineer job in Santa Monica, CA | Kite P...

Senior Automation Engineer
Kite PharmaSanta Monica, CAa month ago

Job Description


Kite Pharma, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer cells. We believe our immunotherapy is a market-redefining approach to the treatment of cancer.
We are seeking a highly motivated Sr. Automation Engineer to support our Santa Monica, CA site.
Specific Responsibilities and Skills for Position:

Responsible for overseeing and maintaining automation-based systems and solutions which provide for flexible, innovative, cost effective, compliant and quality-focused environment.
The automation systems include :
Siemens Building Management System (including HVAC, critical Utilities)
Siemens Equipment Monitoring System (Including GMP equipment- Incubators, Freezers, Refrigerators, bioreactors, wave systems)
Hazardous Monitoring System (O2, refrigerant monitoring system)
Energy Monitoring System
Process Control PLC and DCS based System
Klatu Traxx Laboratory Management System
OSI PI Site Historian System
Implements automation changes to existing control system hardware and software, and supervises modifications done by outside vendors, including development of specifications and testing documentation.
Essential Duties and Job Functions:

Sustaining plant automation engineering operations
Automation Projects and CapEx: Developing, planning and implementing automation-based projects and solutions in collaboration with cross-functional teams, including determination and delivery on cost, time and quality to ensure the sustained production, successful product launches and customer satisfaction.
These projects may be new facilities and/or retrofit of existing.
Supports the validation of automation systems with QA Validation.
Provides leadership and/or technical support to projects in support of the Capital Plan.
Provides advanced technical expertise
Provide advanced automation technical knowledge for troubleshooting, investigations and training.
Provide advanced automation system hardware support including installation.
Provide advanced automation system design for data integrity, stability and interface between different systems. Ensure effective maintenance and availability of automation equipment.
Implementing automation changes to existing control system hardware and software, supervising hardware and software modifications done by outside vendors, and development of specifications and testing documentation.
Optimization and compliance: Responsible for technical optimization of the automation systems.
Creation, modification, and maintenance of automation system and documentation, including automation specification documents and SOPs, in a compliant state.
Global Engineering Network for automation and standardization
Supports definition and implementation of best practice of automation technical standards and procedures.
Participates in peer reviews.
Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with 5+ years of experience in engineering, automation in a biotech/pharma industry Or
  • Bachelor’s degree with 7+ years of experience in engineering, automation in a biotech/pharma industry Or
  • High School diploma with 11+ years of experience in engineering, automation in a biotech/pharma industry

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years Siemens Insight or Desigo CC experience
  • 1+ year OSI PI experience
  • PLC based experience preferred ( Rockwell, Siemens, Omron, Schneider)
  • DCS experience preferred ( DeltaV, Siemens, Schneider, Honeywell)
  • Automation communication protocols needed ( OPC, Ethernet/IP, BACnet, Modbus, GE SRTP, DeviceNet, Ethernet Global Data EGD, HART, Fieldbus)
  • 3+ years in experience in leading and mentoring staff.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Be able to develop solutions to complex problems which require an in-depth degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness.
  • Extensive people management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Able to effectively work across organizational and functional boundaries and build effective cross functional project teams.

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