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GlaxoSmithKline Automation Engineer in Wavre, Belgium

The role of Automation Engineer is a new role that has been announced as part of the Belgium Automation Transformation.

This role will be part of a team which mission is to drive the vision of automation across a group of 4 to 6 MPUs/SPUs, by driving the implementation and application of Automation Strategy . The team provide automation knowledge to execute the automation operations & deliver local projects for the dedicated MPUs to ensure that all systems, equipment and facilities are properly maintained, safe and reliable.

The Automation Engineer is the key point of contact of one MPU/SPU, in close relationship with the Process Engineer of the MPU/SPU, to drive the efficiency of the Automation Systems covering all aspect in the lifecycle of the automation from inception up to obsolescence in order to meet strategic objectives for one specific MPU , while following best industry standards, and implement automation roadmap as defined collaboratively with the transversal team and MPUs.

Your responsibilities:

  • You will execute the vision for automation for the next 10 years, drive successful execution across dedicated MPUs/SPUs

  • You will define, implement and control the automation strategy to ensure strong partnership with the dedicated MPUs in alignment with the MPU roadmap

  • You will ensure that all systems, equipment and facilities in the dedicated MPUs are properly maintained, safe, reliable and efficient, automation wise.

  • You will prioritize all automation demands from the MPU to ensure appropriate timeline in accordance with business case, available resources & budget. Ensure resource alignment with automation lead.

  • You will integrate into the performance management processes to drive MPU / SPU improvement, ensuring targets visible to all Team members

  • You will train and motivate automation team and MPUs partners (Process engineers) to ensure automation and MPUs resources meet current and future business demands providing technical coaching and training plans as required,

  • You will ensure relevant automation technologies fit with purpose in order to maintain operations current with/ahead of industry standards with respect to process reliability and efficiency, Quality/Compliance, and EHS

  • You will implement and control a robust automation obsolescence process with automation reliability engineer

  • You will ensure that automation systems and processes remain current with Health Authority expectations with respect to data integrity

  • You will support process engineer in troubleshooting and improvement projects providing the right level of expertise

  • You will drive reliable, compliant and efficient solutions vs internal (quality, EHS, Engineering) and external (FDA, GMP, …) standard

  • You will promote and act in the community of practices across Automation.

  • You will ensure managerial line supports to the 24/7 on-call service

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

  • Strong expertise in automation

  • Strong networking, influencing and negotiation skills to engage a broad community of stakeholders.

  • Highly effective communication skills at multi-levels

  • Positive, Autonomous & solution-oriented

  • Ability to handle multiple issues and effectively prioritize

  • Fluent in French and English

  • Decision-making abilities

  • Manage complexity and deliver long term benefits for the company

Preferred qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics it would be a plus :

  • Lead technical innovation for the MPU/SPU in automation fields.

  • Lead portfolio management for major projects

  • Able to propose and deploy plan for reducing obsolescence risks in automation areas

  • Able to lead multidisciplinary teams, including large contractor companies.

Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Healthcare, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the most significant changes we’ve made to our business in over 20 years.

We’re on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands. With new ambition comes new purpose.

For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent, and technology to get ahead of disease together – all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you’re ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey.

Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.

If you have a disability and require assistance during the course of the selection process, you will have the opportunity to let us know what specific assistance you require in order to make suitable arrangements.

Our goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. We believe that we all bring something unique to GSK and when we combine our knowledge, experiences and styles together, the impact is incredible. Come join our adventure at GSK where you will be inspired to do your best work for our patients and consumers. A place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.

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