Sr MES Automation Engineer - 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?

HIRING for 2 Sr Automation Engineers MES


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.”



  • Develop & manage plans to maintain & improve process control systems
  • Support & manage implementation of systems & interfaces
  • Support & manage Corporate, Product Supply, DAPI, stakeholder & departmental initiatives/projects
  • Schedule & execute plans in coordination with manufacturing schedules
  • Operate as automation lead on projects that involve process control systems
  • Assist with developing & managing budgets for maintaining & improving process control systems
  • Develop & maintain automation standards, specifications & maintenance plans
  • Own self development & initiative to understand the site process control systems
  • Adhere to the automation standards & establish new automation standards when necessary
  • Lead the site in establishing automation direction & strategy (hardware & software standards)
  • Lead troubleshooting for automation-related downtime
  • Function as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for assigned areas/technologies
  • Support audits & inspections as SME for process control systems
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of stakeholder management
  • Coach & train colleagues & stakeholders in relevant areas/develop training material when necessary
  • Utilize the appropriate cLEAN® tools when relevant
  • Manage assignments with a Quality Mindset that focuses on risk management & mitigation
  • Ensure the quality of systems adheres to company standards; adhere to change management standards
  • Govern behavior based on the Novo Nordisk Way
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in engineering/related field, or an equivalent combination of education & experience
  • Minimum of twelve (12) 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 (GMP)
  • Knowledgeable in the following: DeltaV, PLC & HMI (Rockwell/AB), Historian/data collections
  • Programming & configuration of DeltaV
  • Windows based operating systems and associated applications
  • System interfacing and integration
  • User access management


Desired Qualifications

  • DeltaV system configuration and IT setup
  • Virtual Machines/Environments (preferably VMWare)
  • Knowledgeable in the following: OSI PI Historian
  • IT competencies to an understanding level: Domain, Networking, Firewall, Group policies/permissions, System backup & restore
  • Knowledgeable in the following: MES (Syncade, etc.); MS SQL, Databases, Batch reporting
  • Proven expertise in planning/organization & project execution. Strong in following up on results & revising work plans


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility using various body positions
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands. Ability to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to service equipment & can work atop elevated positions
  • Ability to work in confined spaces & near operating equipment. Corrected vision to 20/30
  • Occasionally works around odorous and/or hazardous materials. May be required to wear latex gloves
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection. May be required to work for short periods of time with respiratory protection
  • Ability to travel internationally, if necessary. Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Ability 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.


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