Automation Engineer

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Job Overview
Based within our Engineering Department the successful candidate will be responsible for control systems engineering projects and maintenance activities within a manufacturing environment.
The candidate is a critical member of the Engineering team and will take the lead role in improving equipment and process control systems reliability across all company assets of our pharmaceutical plants.

​​​​​​​Main Activities/Tasks

  • Be part of the engineering team that deliver Norbrook’s Capital investment program to ensure facilities & equipment are “Fit for purpose” as defined by Norbrook’s EHS policies, Quality management system and Norbrook’s strategic plan.
  • As part of a multi skilled engineering team, provide automation expertise to key projects being considered for delivery of new products and resolving technical issues as identified across all Norbrook sites.
  • Enhance project engineering capability and processes to deliver capital programme on time, within budget and to the highest standards of quality.
  • Ensure automated equipment are efficiently and effectively maintained whilst adhering to company SOPs.
  • Enforce quality driven methodologies for implementing changes and improving equipment reliability.
  • Providing technical support for automation systems specifications, planned maintenance, development and troubleshooting.
  • Provide project lifecycle documentation, including but not limited to; requirements documents, specification documents, data sheets, electrical drawings, commissioning documents.
  • Carry out computer (control) systems owner activities, to include configuration management and data control; ensuring that activities are carried out and records kept in line with cGxP regulations
  • Ensuring that external contractors are adhering to Norbrook procedures while on site at all times.
  • Any other duties as deemed necessary by management.

Essential Criteria:

  • Applicants must therefore demonstrate the following essential criteria on their application form in order to be considered:
  • Higher Level qualification in an engineering discipline & minimum of 3 years relevant experience
  • In depth knowledge of process control and instrumentation
  • Strong technical skills
  • Experience in carrying out PLC based control system fault finding and planned maintenance
  • Ability to understand PLC logic code (Siemens/Mitsubishi) for the purpose of troubleshooting
  • Logical and well organised approach to problem solving
  • Ability to deliver in a fast-paced environment, to operate under time pressure
  • Ability to work as part of a team or unsupervised

Desirable Criteria:

  • Ability to program Siemens and/or Mitsubishi PLC’s
  • ATEX qualified
  • Experience using a Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
  • Experience of technical documentation writing (e.g. SOP’s, Instrument/Equipment Specifications)

Additional Information:
This role will be based in a site that produces and handles penicillin, and as such, this role would not be suitable for those that have a penicillin allergy.
Applicants should be able to provide proof that they have a right to work in the UK at the time of their application. Applicants who are unable to provide this proof will not be considered.


Norbrook Laboratories Limited employs a workforce with members of all sections of the community and is committed to appointing people purely on the basis of merit. In accordance with our equal opportunities policy, we would particularly like to welcome applicants from the Protestant Community.

  • Permanent
  • Newry
  • Closing date: Friday 15 Mar 2024
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