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(Senior) Engineer — Automation

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Job Details

£20,000 - £45,000
Full-time - Permanent
Science and Engineering
28 Aug 2020 - 23:30
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CPI in a nutshell

At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.

With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.

Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

You will play a key part in the development of a novel automated clinical trials pharmacy (Pharmacy Automation for Clinical Efficiency: PACE). 

PACE will change the way clinical trials are delivered, as it will be able to pack and manufacture clinical trials materials to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) specification just-in-time’. This is also known as our Grand Challenge 2’ project. The role will entail both the initial delivery and the continuous improvement of the PACE system. 

The automation build is taking place on-site in Chard (Somerset) and is expected to take up to 18 months. Regular travel to site or relocation to Somerset will be required. On completion of the build the automation platform (PACE) the role will transfer to the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Glasgow. A relocation package is available. 

Applications are welcomed from all engineering professionals. We would be excited to hear from those from non-automation backgrounds, with relevant automation experience, seeking to progress their career to the next level. 

Equally we would be excited to hear from experienced Automation professionals looking for a new challenge; by leading the deployment of the latest automation technologies in a highly regulated innovation space. 

As the Automation Engineer, you will possess foundation knowledge of automated systems and IEC 61131 – 3 programming languages with relevant practical experience working in highly automated manufacturing or R&D environments. You will be contributing significantly to the development, installation, testing, verification and improvement of the novel just-in-time automation platform for innovation within the clinical trial supply chain. 

As the Senior Engineer (automation), you will draw upon a range of technical know-how to provide technical leadership to enable the, installation, testing and verification of the novel just-in-time automation platform for innovation within the clinical trial supply chain. You will be viewed as an authority in automation, offering innovative solutions and contributing extensively to development and improvement activities including the incorporation of digital manufacturing approaches that go beyond the physical confines of the automation.

For more information on the role and the associated responsibilities, please refer to the Job Descriptions. 

More information on our Grand Challenge 2 can be found here.

The person we are seeking

We will consider individuals who are currently at a Senior Engineer level, or individuals who are at an Engineer level looking to develop into the senior role.

For the Engineer level role, we are looking for an individual who: 

  • Shows enthusiasm for delivering innovation
  • Possesses technical expertise in automation and data integration approaches as well as compelling evidence of technical problem solving (in automation or an aligned discipline)
  • Can demonstrate evidence of building knowledge sharing and network building practice across teams and organisations to achieve desired results 

For the Engineer level role, it is also essential for the individual meets at least one of the following criteria: Educated to HNC or Foundation Degree Level (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific/​engineering discipline OR educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a scientific/​engineering discipline OR is educated to master-degree or PhD level (or equivalent) in a role related discipline.

For the Senior Engineer level, we are looking for an individual who can also: 

  • Take responsibility for diverse or complex technical activities, using their own initiative and judgement, implementing innovative solutions in complex situations
  • Actively demonstrates in-depth technical and theoretical knowledge in automation and is viewed as an authority in this area by peers and managers 

For the senior level that the individual meets at least one of the below criteria is educated to HNC or foundation degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific/​engineering discipline plus significant industrial experience OR educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a scientific/​engineering discipline plus relevant industrial experience OR educated to Master-Degree or PhD level (or equivalent) in a role related discipline.

What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, including: family friendly policies, flexible holidays and holiday purchasing schemes, opportunities for learning and development, generous pension plan, life assurance and accident insurance schemes.

Additional information

The Medicine Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) is a new state-of-the-art centre designed to accelerate the development of a new generation of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Through MMIC, CPI and University of Strathclyde have created a partnership between the public and private sectors based on their combined expertise in creating value from the discovery and translation of technology solutions for industry; turning great ideas and innovation into reality. 

The centre will focus on the development and testing of manufacturing technologies for small molecule pharmaceutical and fine chemical sectors and will move promising research into commercial manufacturing enabling the UK to become a technology and innovation leader in these sectors. The MMIC facility is currently being built and is due to open in late 2021 and the MMIC is currently running projects through a decentralised network. 

All applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK at the time of application. Presentation of appropriate original documents will be required.

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