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Automation Engineer

Experis Belgium | Multiple regions | Permanent, Full-time

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Automation Engineer

Job description

The Biologics Pilot Plant (BPP) is manufacturing biological Drug Substance for human use, and is a multiproduct facility, with several different products/manufacturing campaigns per year.

The mission consists of supporting the manufacturing activities on-going in the facility as well as the manufacturing activities happening at our manufacturing partners facilities. This candidate will be part of the BPP process engineering team.

This candidate will act as one of the experts in manufacturing of biologics at industrial scale within the entire biotech organization, impacting the development of pipeline of biotech processes.

This candidate has special focus (>30% of his/her time) on automation & acts as BPP SME in execution, troubleshooting & improvement of BPP automation needs.

Mission responsibilities:

  • Perform the transfer of processes from small-scale development units to the pilot plant and from pilot plant to commercial manufacturing sites. (Manufacturing/Process Description, mass balance, end of campaign summary meetings, risk assessment, campaign reports, lessons learnt)
  • Act as BPP automation expert to support primarily Zeta & PCS7 and to a later stage other automation tools (e.g. UniCorn)
  • Support manufacturing teams by being a process and process equipment expert. He/she will take part / lead troubleshooting challenges faced during the execution of process, in compliance with cGMP rules.
  • Lead the design of new - or modified process equipment, (re-) qualification of equipment, (re-) validation.
  • Drive/Support continuous improvements of equipment, systems and methods to increase Biologics Pilot Plant efficiency.
  • Set-up and improve (scale-up) methods and tools to efficiently and robustly perform transfers of processes.
  • Set-up effective process monitoring, data management and process learning, identify, develop and implement potential process improvements.
  • Work closely with other SMEs to standardize operational practices and monitoring among the different areas/scales.
  • Lead/support deviations (Creation, Root Cause assessment, Impact Analysis, CAPA definition and execution, investigations) and change controls (new process introduction, technical modifications of the facilities)
  • Mentor and supervise junior process engineers



  • Master level of education in process or bioprocess engineering or biotechnology
  • With >5 years of experience in running, designing or supporting cell-based manufacturing activities of biologic drug substance.
  • Sound knowledge of technologies and unit operations involved in (upstream and/or downstream) bioprocessing.
  • Able to understand/master various automation technologies (Zeta, Siemens, Unicorn…), their functional specifications and their architecture.
  • Practical experience with technology transfers, scale-up and optimization of processes
  • Track record of defining/leading/coordinating specific projects.
  • Continuous improvement mind-set and experience with lean manufacturing initiatives
  • Experience of equipment qualification/validation, including URS creation and qualification execution
  • Good quality understanding in GMP-related environment

Soft skills

  • Excellent communication skills, as interacting with different teams/stakeholders
  • Autonomous, entrepreneur, able to work under limited supervision
  • Prioritization and time management skills to meet agreed timelines in quickly changing contexts
  • Proven capability to act in complex and high pace projects and environments.


We offer a great challenge in an international pharmaceutical company and competitive salary package


Experis Belgium
Marine Chauvelot

Brussels,Flemish Brabant,Walloon Brabant,Western Flanders,Liège,Limburg,Antwerp,Hainaut,Eastern Flanders,Namur,Luxembourg

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  • Function type: Technical consultancy
  • Sector: Chemistry and Pharmacie
  • Flanders
  • Brussels
  • Wallonia
  • All jobs via Experis


  • Master (University or Higher Education Long Type)


  • Permanent
  • Full-time

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