Pfizer Automation Senior Associate in Sanford, North Carolina


This position is responsible for the following at the Sanford site:

Participates in the administration, support, and implementation of automated Process Control Systems.

Overseeing necessary system changes for supported systems and assisting in developing the approach to solutions.

Providing controls/automation technical support and execution of projects/assignments from initial concept to final closeout.

Specifying, designing and installing process control systems in direct support of commercial and clinical manufacturing operations.

Troubleshooting and problem solving manufacturing operations control systems/automation/instrumentation issues. C ontributes to the interpretation of results and the design of subsequent activities.

At a minimum, the position should be able to execute work independently, work with various groups across the organization and be able to oversee and lead projects to ensure that automated cGMP/GLP equipment, facilities and utilities perform as intended.


Responsibilities include the following:

Responsible for system-wide system compliance, including alarm reporting/trending, periodic reviews, account re-certifications and user account administration Perform business owned system support responsibilities for 2-3 systems and/or provides technical assistance for one or more of the following systems: DeltaV, PI, BMS, and/or FTAC Support responsibilities may consist of: master data maintenance, validation support, change coordinator, user change management, performance monitoring, periodic reviews, training, project management, change controls, and release upgrades. Modify moderately complex to highly complex control logic that requires a degree of scientific and/or manufacturing process expertise Performs automation activities for capital and non-capital projects, including:

Project scoping and planning

Generation of test protocols

Execution of test protocols

Final Report writing for test protocols

Supervision and direction of others performing this work

Perform routine troubleshooting activities for automated systems. Level 1 support of automation for continuous processes (e.g. CUB, WFI, etc), including troubleshooting, operator assistance, data reporting, investigations, etc

Responsible for maintenance & support of automation computing infrastructure (software, servers, switches, controllers, HMIs, etc), incl. system health monitoring Support regulatory audits through the preparation, defense and interaction with auditors in areas related to automated systems Assess potential impact of changes to qualified automation systems Identify and implement automation best practices to continuously improve the site automation program Partner with peers at other locations and support network solutions through participation in virtual global teams to assist in establishing business systems requirements and share best practices

  • The position requires execution and management of multiple projects at the same time and good communication skills to keep customers, peers, and area management up-to-date with progress of all projects in order to ensure automation activities are completed in a timely manner and on schedule.


A minimum of a AAS degree +4 years of experience; BS degree + 2 years of experience in any of the following disciplines: Instrumentation, Calibration, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering (or related fields) with a focus on automated systems


  • Knowledge of one to two control system platforms/programming with depth of understanding.

  • Broad understanding of systems architecture and operations and related components (e.g. hardware, software, network, database, S88/S95etc)

  • Experience with process controls equipment including PLCs, DCSs, HMIs, SCADA systems, SQL relational database systems, and Network Hubs including debugging skills.

  • Experience with writing software test plans, user requirements, and system design documents



Position requirements are typical for a manufacturing plant-based work environment with shop floor exposure in manufacturing and utilities. There are no unusual physical or mental requirements for this position.


Schedule is primarily day shift (M-F, 8 hrs) but may require off-shift work on occasion including periodic on-call requirements. The position may require working on the floor in manufacturing or utility areas at times which will require a focus on safety. Aseptic gowning could be required. Occasional travel to support project work will be required.


  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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Last Date to Apply for Job: 21 December, 2018

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