Automation Engineer
Asahi Kasei

Glenview, Illinois

Posted in Manufacturing and Production

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Job Info

At Asahi Kasei we believe anyone can buy equipment or build a facility. It is our diverse team members around the globe who will enable us to develop ideas and technologies and capture the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. We look for candidates with a fresh perspective, people with a wide variety of skills who are creative thinkers, enjoy challenges and are driven to excel.

We are currently seeking applications to fill the following job opening at Asahi Kasei Bioprocess where we sell Planova® virus removal filters and develops and manufactures related bioprocess equipment.

Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America, Inc.

Job Description:

Asahi Kasei Bioprocess (AKB) provides pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturers with a comprehensive suite of tools to maximize safety and improve yields of biotherapeutics during research, clinical and commercial-scale production. PlanovaTM virus-removal filters anchor a diverse product portfolio defined by quality, consistency, and scalability. Additional areas of expertise include liquid chromatography, inline buffer dilution and oligonucleotide synthesis.

We are a growing team (100+) of professionals excited about what we do and our ability to impact healthcare delivery systems worldwide. We offer a "big company" benefits package and a "small company" culture and work environment. Every employee at Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America can impact our future.

As an Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America employee, you will enjoy:

  • Competitive compensation with bonuses
  • Great health and wellness benefits
  • Paid time-off
  • Strong company match to 401(k) contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Company Giving and Volunteering Program

We are currently looking for an Automation Engineer to join our team! The qualified individual will be responsible for the design, documentation, testing, and assisting with delivery of PLC and SCADA software components for custom and standard capital equipment used for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product manufacturing (example equipment types include chromatography, buffer formulation, virus filtration, oligonucleotide synthesis). We are looking for someone excited to join an incredible team and a fast-growing company!

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Interpret design requirements based on internal specifications, customer specifications, and knowledge of the product application.
  • Create and/or review design documents, including technical drawings and specification documents.
  • Configure PLC hardware and map IO based on electrical schematics and hardware design specifications.
  • Design and write Unit-level PLC code for batch process control according to the ANSI/ISA-88 (S88) standard, including:
  • Signal Processing Routines
  • Control Modules
  • Equipment Modules
  • Process Phases
  • Reporting/Monitoring Phases
  • Supervisory Phases
  • Unit Operation/Batch Management Routines
  • Design and configure a SCADA application, including:
  • Installation of software(s)
  • Configuration and management of SQL database
  • Configuration and management of historian software and collectors
  • Configuration of HMI screens
  • Configuration of HMI tags (including linking to PLC tags)
  • Configuration of OPC servers
  • Configuration of Alarms, Events, and Audit Trail
  • Configuration of tiered privilege/access
  • Basic scripting for custom HMI functions
  • Integration of/Handshaking with bespoke software applications
  • Complete peer code reviews and internal testing of automated systems prior to turnover to the project engineering team.
  • Troubleshoot device and electrical component operation.
  • Support engineering commissioning, responding to bugs and requests via issue-tracking software.
  • Manage integration to 3rd party devices, equipment, or distributed control systems in the customer's plant.
  • Record and document code changes, assessing impact to existing validation to advise on required regression testing.
  • Travel to customer site for supervision of installation, testing of installed equipment, and integration to peripherals.
  • Address customer issues for installed equipment in person, over the phone, or via web-based tools by effectively communicating solutions to customer and providing effective training to relevant personnel.
  • Provide labor estimates for proposed projects and changes to contribute to commercial offers and internal planning.
  • Employ effective communication strategies with internal and external project stakeholders, including recurring and ad-hoc meetings as appropriate.
  • Document and communicate project status and critical paths with stakeholders.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • 3-5 years' experience in the automation of PLC-based SCADA systems (preferably in an S88/batch context)
  • 2+ years' experience with Allen Bradley/Rockwell PLCs
  • 2+ years' experience with GE iFIX and/or Rockwell FactoryTalk View SE
  • Proximity to the Glenview, IL office is not required (candidates can work out of home office), but is preferred
  • Familiarity with Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015 preferred) and current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Familiarity with 21CFR Part 11 is preferred
  • Awareness of personal strengths, weaknesses, and impact of decisions on wider team, department, and company
  • Eagerness to learn new technical information, new processes, and new skills
  • Willingness to assist outside of everyday responsibilities when required
  • Possess these qualities: energetic, positive, strong interpersonal communicator, detail-oriented, ethics-minded, problem-solver, adaptable, team-oriented, customer-focused, and self-motivated

Physical Demands:
  • Travel 3 to 10 weeks in a year to visit the Glenview, IL office (if remote), or domestic and international customer sites for equipment installations or other activities (depending on individual assignments and quantity and scope of active projects)
  • Occasional exposure to pressurized liquids, live electrical circuits, and/or chemical solutions requiring proper personal protective equipment (provided)

We believe a diverse workforce is crucial to our growth as a global supplier of advanced materials. Asahi Kasei is an equal opportunity employer.

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