Automation Engineer II API

Facility:  Engineering

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                             

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Working at our Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (DAPI) manufacturing facility, you will help meet the growing demand for our treatments. Novo Nordisk expects to double production of diabetes and obesity products over the next decade; we have recently completed construction of a 825,000 sq. ft diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) plant in Clayton, NC. Our new API facility houses the fermentation, recovery and purification of GLP1 ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products. Here, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry. Are you ready for a life-changing career?

We have (4) LEVEL II roles we are actively recruitng for


Position Purpose

Support successful design & implementation of automation for process or utility systems. Provide input, review & approve design & requirement specifications. Secure proper & efficient implementation & qualification. Support production & other stakeholders. Improve reliability of the process control systems to meet current & projected customer, business & regulatory requirements through the following activities:

  • People Focus
  • Equipment Focus
  • Standards “Gatekeeper”



  • Lead troubleshooting for automation-related downtime
  • Develop & manage plans to maintain & improve process control systems
  • Support & manage implementation of system & interfaces
  • Support & manage Corporate, Product Supply, DAPI, site, stakeholders & departmental initiatives/projects
  • Schedule & execute plans in coordination with production schedules
  • Drive technical clarifications with suppliers & internal stakeholders
  • Operate as automation lead or resource on projects that involve process control systems
  • Own self development & initiative to understand the site process control systems
  • Adhere to the automation standards & establish new automation standards when necessary
  • Support audits & inspections
  • Function as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for assigned areas/technologies
  • Coach & train colleagues & stakeholders in relevant areas/develop training material when necessary
  • Utilize the appropriate cLEAN® tools when relevant
  • Manage assignments within compliance with a Quality Mindset that focuses on risk management & mitigation
  • Ensure quality of system adhere to company standards
  • Adhere to the Change Management standards
  • Govern behavior based on the Novo Nordisk Way
  • Support or lead other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

BA/BS in engineering/related field or equivalent combination of experience & education.


Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of five (5) years of engineering experience in process-based manufacturing (API, formulation, etc.), utility, and/or packaging systems
  • Troubleshooting automation & control systems & Batch processes
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Knowledgeable in the following: PLC (Rockwell), HMI, DCS (DeltaV), Historian (OSI PI, etc.), SCADA, MES (Syncade, etc.), MS SQL
  • Programming & configuration of PCS or DCS systems
  • Proven expertise (e.g. project management) in planning/organization & project execution, follow-up & completion


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands
  • Must be able to be on feet for up to a 12 hour shift
  • Constantly positions oneself to transfer materials within manufacturing environment. Frequently moves about building(s) to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 and/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procure motorized vehicle license
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to access service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally required to secure a motorized vehicle license & operate a motorized vehicle
  • Occasionally works around odorous and/or hazardous materials
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions oneself within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Able to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Able to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Able to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation



At this time, Novo Nordisk is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future would require sponsorship for employment visa status


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.