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Associate Automation Engineer

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Associate Automation Engineer

Location: Macclesfield, UK

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being ambitious, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

With an investment of $280 million in a new sterile manufacturing facility we believe this is an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Automation Engineer to join UK Operations. You will be instrumental in the successful launch of the facility and in keeping our patients safe as the global demand for our established oncology drug rises.

What you'll do

The Associate Automation Engineer role is engaging and multifaceted and requires expertise in many areas – some of which you may already have – but some which we can develop with mentoring; and we have an associated programme as a route into the full role. Continued Professional Development to achieve chartered engineer status is encouraged.

AstraZeneca encourages diversity, and the wide-ranging nature of the position opens it up to several backgrounds, for example:

  • GAMP5 Computerised Systems validation specialist

  • IT/OT professional with experience of supporting factory systems

  • Maintenance Technician with automation experience, e.g., PLC, Drives, Robotics

  • Project Engineer with V model lifecycle experience and specification suite delivery

  • Project Manager with automation delivery experience to GAMP5

  • SQL and VB developer with database admin experience of factory automation data

  • System Integrator or OEM software coder of PLC/SCADA systems

Longer term, this role offers several different career development routes, with options to continue in technical and project roles, or move into other areas of Operations or the wider business.


Contribute towards the successful delivery of a new sterile manufacturing facility’s automation and control systems, to enable enhanced delivery of oncology medicine to new and current patients.

Deliver all aspects of automation and control system performance whilst adhering to SHE (Safety, Health and Environment), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) & Financial regulatory, statutory and company standards.

Additional responsibilities include:

Completion of the major asset’s automation work as part of a wider project team to include qualification, validation, technical and business expertise.

Maintaining Data Integrity, generation of data from control systems to support digital transformation and data analytics via data historian.

Information Technology to Operational Technology interaction & support, including patching and vulnerabilities, planning and handling IT service weekends.

Delivery of automation system coaching to technical and non-technical staff, including Engineering Technicians and Operating Teams. Mentoring of peers in your areas of expertise and being a mentee to learn from others.

Essential requirements:

  • Underpinning knowledge of GMP factory automation

  • Ability to work creatively within the compliance and lean frameworks, to engage with stakeholders and to deliver value for the business

  • HND/HNC within a relevant subject field and relevant work experience in a similar role or regulated industry

  • Experience of automation and control systems within a process manufacturing environment e.g. PLC, SCADA, Vision Systems, Drives, Robotics, Data Historian, Configuring Remote Connectivity, Industrial Networks – especially Siemens technology

Desirable Requirements:

  • Degree within a relevant discipline and membership of relevant institution with professional qualifications

  • Problem solving and trouble-shooting the resolution of automation and control system issues

  • Experience of PLC programming or high-level coding, along with the ability to create and understand various software design methodologies

  • Automation/Computerised systems lifecycle management in line with current GAMP5 standards

  • Automation document lifecycle including: URS, DQ, IQ, OQ documents

There are so many excellent employee benefits that AstraZeneca offer! AstraZeneca can offer you a competitive salary, private healthcare, a generous holiday allowance, fantastic training and development opportunities, and much more.

If you are a self-motivated and expert engineer with a background in automation & control looking for your next challenge, this fantastic opportunity to develop within Operations at AstraZeneca could be for you.

So, what’s next…

We look forward to receiving your application no later than midnight on Friday 25th November.


Competitive Salary and Benefits

Opening date: 04/11/2022

Closing date: 25/11/2022




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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.