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Principal Automation Engineer I



Software Engineering
Andover, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2023

Why Patients Need You

Whether you are involved in the design and development of manufacturing processes for products or supporting maintenance and reliability, engineering is vital to making sure customers and patients have the medicines they need, when they need them. Working with our innovative engineering team, you'll help bring medicines to the world even faster by imagining what’s possible and taking action.

What You Will Achieve

Working with Pfizer’s dynamic engineering team, you will play a critical role in developing and modifying process formulations, methods and controls to meet quality standards. Your production engineering skills will help in recommending and implementing improvements, modifications or additions that will help in solving problems. You will review product requirements in terms of product development compatibility and help Pfizer determine optimum costs and schedules of production.

As a Principal Engineer, your breadth of knowledge on internal or external business challenges will help us improve our products, processes and services. Your will guide us to lead projects by meeting objectives and preparing forecasts for resource requirements. Your risk-taking ability will help us advance new concepts and methodologies. You will provide technical guidance and oversight to team members and help in problem solving.

It is your hard work and focus that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

Provide leadership in the engineering and technical support roles related to the automation project execution, startup/commissioning, testing, and qualification of automated process equipment and systems within a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility. This may include PLC and SCADA systems, production equipment such as bioreactors, fermenters, ultrafiltration skids, Clean – In – Place (CIP) skids, and other support equipment.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Lead/Support production automation including troubleshooting or developing PLC code, troubleshooting or configuring I/O, and providing SCADA, server, networking, and database support.
  • Lead/Support Data integrity, Alarm Management initiatives
  • Automation points of contact for AMPs/Automation integration
  • Lead/Support the design, implementation, and startup of new automation systems.
  • Lead the development of design and startup documents such as User Requirement Specifications (URS), Functional Requirement Specification (FRS), Configuration Specifications (CS), and commissioning plans
  • Lead the development and execution of qualification documents
  • Understand how to read Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Execution of commissioning and qualification activities
  • Understand how to use computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) for equipment history and work order generation
  • Support all investigations and audits as needed
  • Support process and component improvement projects as needed
  • Provide off-shift and on call support when necessary
  • Technical writing and document review


Must Have

  • Applicant must have a High School Diploma (or Equivalent) with 10+ years of relevant experience;

  • OR an Associate's degree with eight years of experience;

  • OR a Bachelor’s degree with at least 5+ years of experience;

  • OR a Master’s degree with more than three years of experience;

  • OR a Ph.D. with 0+ years of experience.

  • Must be able to work across functional areas such as operations, maintenance, quality and regulatory.

  • Good communication skills, verbal and written, are required.

  • Knowledge of working with computers and associated applications such as MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint is required.

  • Technical writing and document review

Nice to have

  • Knowledge of database applications and Delta V, Allen-Bradley PLC, GE iFix and iHistorian preferred

  • Familiarity of automation network, such as Ethernet, DH+, ControlNet, etc is preferred.

  • Pharmaceutical experience preferred.


  • Ability to work in a clean room environment


  • Standard day shift hours with ability to work off shift and provide on call support (Nights and Weekends) as needed.
  • Minimal travel for equipment support

Work Location Assignment: On Premise

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

Sunshine Act

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.