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Actalent Controls Engineer in Parsippany, New Jersey

As a privately-owned, specialty healthcare company, Our client focuses on developing life-changing innovations that help people live

better lives. Our independence helps us cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit and long-term perspective that enables us to achieve growth and scale while remaining agile and true to our ‘people first’ philosophy. Built on a 70-year commitment to science and research, is relentless in pursuit of science that drives powerful discoveries and therapies to help people build families,

stay healthy, and stand up to the world’s oldest enemy: disease.

Summary: Senior Automation Engineer

The Manager of Automation Engineering & Systems is responsible for the technical automation support and lifecycle management of FPGs automation

systems. This role will serve as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for designing, implementing, integrating, maintaining and optimizing Ferring’s automation

technologies that control, monitor and support the manufacturing process. The Automation Manager will provide leadership for automation project execution

from concept, specification, development, integration, testing to start-up; and will require direct interface with project teams and clients to ensure alignment with project objectives. This role is also responsible for driving technical innovation, while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

Responsibilities of the Role:

  • Responsible for interfacing with manufacturing site leadership and capital project managers to ensure appropriate level of technical support and direction are provided. This position will work closely with the Process Engineering, IS & IT and validation & QA teams to set directions for standardized and optimized automation engineering practices associated with process and facilities equipment.

  • Responsible for the support and execution of automation qualification and applicable software validation. Maintain the safe and qualified automation design and operation of process and facilities equipment.

  • Provide leadership and oversight on automation engineering design standards and practices. Project management and oversight of complex inter related activities including Resource planning, tasks assignment and priorities.

  • Drive the continuous innovation, improvement and expansion of the data historian platform with an emphasis on meeting long term strategic objectives. Define,

  • implement, and continuously improve monitoring and reporting of systems performance to identify proactive actions to drive system improvements. Partner

  • with Manufacturing, Quality, IT & IS Tech Ops teams to understand business plan and priorities to help shape the data historian strategy and drive functional solutions

  • Responsible for managing the design and implementation of automated systems and perform the qualification or validation steps (FAT, SAT, commissioning, IQ, OQ and PQ) according the GAMP 5.

  • Establish technical standards and SOP’s for automated installations or equipment (Building, Manufacturing and packaging equipment).

  • Provide direction and guidance in adoption of new automation technologies (Industry 4.0) aligned to produce value for the business


  • Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Computer Science, etc.) or related field

  • 8+ years of experience in leading, designing, programming and maintenance of control systems and data acquisition systems in GxP Environment.

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in the following area of responsibility: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process, Engineering Design, Capital Project Mgt,

  • Project Scope Definition, Budget Preparation and Management, On-Demand Operational Support

  • Expertise in Software Lifecycle Mgt & Documentation, Technical evaluations, and Drafting & Executing Test Plans within GxP environment; strong knowledge of GAMP 5

  • Familiarity with ISA S88/S95 standards

  • Knowledge of Historian, MES, Industry 4.0, IIoT, and Smart Manufacturing technologies, Allen Bradley Control Logix, Siemens SIMATIC, Rockwell Automation (AB Control Logix)


We offer a competitive salary package including equity and 401K with matching. Additionally, we provide multiple medical, dental, and vision plans to meet all of our employees' needs as well as many benefits and perks that are not listed.

About Actalent:

Actalent connects passion with purpose. Our scalable talent solutions and services capabilities drive value and results and provide the expertise to help our customers achieve more. Every day, our experts around the globe are making an impact. We’re supporting critical initiatives in engineering and sciences that advance how companies serve the world. Actalent promotes consultant care and engagement through experiences that enable continuous development. Our people are the difference. Actalent is an operating company of Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.