Team Lead - Automation

Charles City, Iowa

Job Description:

Support the Charles City site manufacture quality animal vaccines through innovative automation systems. Continue to drive quality, safety and improved throughput with modernized systems / equipment and data collection systems. Help develop the facility of the future with life-cycle management of automated systems and data driven decisions.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support Manufacturing, Environmental and Quality initiatives through automation and technology:
  • Troubleshooting existing systems to determine root cause failure,
  • Developing new systems to innovate and modernize existing or new manufacturing processes,
  • Recognizing issues during routine observations and developing a solution to resolve the issue.
  • Develop and review / approve specifications for automated systems. This may include simple PLC standalone systems or more complex distributed control / management systems.
  • Maintain and monitor performance of multiple Process, Equipment and Historical data systems.
  • Provide life-cycle management of assigned Process, Equipment and Historical data systems.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable Zoetis Standard Operating Procedures and regulatory guidance (i.e. CFR21 Part 11, Good Automation Practices, etc..) throughout the life of the system.
  • Maintain knowledge of updated and new automation technologies and industry practices. Be capable of developing a site strategy recommending adopting or deploying as necessary to enhance automation effectiveness and ensure continued viability of installed infrastructure.
  • Support and maintain a safe work environment.
  • Support capital projects as requested.
  • Obtain buy-in from key stakeholders and regularly engage colleagues for feedback.
  • Participate in all phases of a project from initiation to hand-over and continued long-term support.
  • Support training site colleagues on automated systems as needed to ensure smooth hand-over and successful operations. Perform the administration, change, configuration, design, development, deployment, evolution, integration, maintenance, and qualification of assigned Equipment Control Systems, Process Control Systems, and Historical Data Systems.
  • Maintain assigned GMP automation systems in a current, secure, and validated state in accordance with Zoetis SOP's, Zoetis Quality Standards (PQS), CFR21 Part 11, ISPE Good Automation Manufacturing Practices (cGAMP), and Good Computer System Validation Practices.
  • Contribute to the accomplishment of all group goals - set realistic individual goals and deadlines and manage individual performance to obtain them. Interface regularly with team members, site customers and leadership on assigned projects to communicate status, manage expectations, resolve issues, and ensure top quality service.
  • Participate in all phases of a project to include requirements definition, specification, design, hardware purchase, assembly and installation, code construction, validation, training, cutover to production, continued enhancement and ongoing 24 x 7 troubleshooting and maintenance support.
  • Provide periodic system operation training on the assigned automation systems. Provide technical support and training for Charles City Operations maintenance and operations teams.
  • Provide 24 x 7 troubleshooting and maintenance support for all assigned automation systems.

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelors level degree (Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering, preferred) with 2 - 4 years' experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Certificates, Licenses or Registrations: PE License preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and problem-solving skills. Motivated, self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to values-based leadership and achieving objectives in a manner that is supportive of the Zoetis Core Beliefs.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management and technical capabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of the Zoetis organization.

Full time



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