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Automation Engineer II ($8,000 *Sign-On)

United States - Maryland - FrederickInformation TechnologyRegular

Job Description

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal – curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Would you like to join us in this mission?

Kite, a Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies. We are on a rapid growth trajectory and have a highly energized and accomplished team.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as an Automation Engineer II in our new biotechnology facility in Frederick, Maryland. Under supervision, we will ask you to take a lead role during the design, start-up, commissioning, qualification, and support of the site’s automation systems. You will work closely with the TCF05 Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering, Facilities, and Supply Chain groups to deliver and support these systems.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • You will be responsible for handling and maintaining automation-based systems and solutions which provide for a flexible, creative, cost effective, compliant and quality-focused environment. The automation systems include:
  • Primary Software Platform Responsibilities
  • Process Automation Software Platforms
    • Finia Fill Finish Software
    • Nucleocounter software
    • IDM (Identity Management) Software
    • Site Thin Client Software (iGEL)
  • Roles and Responsibilities for above systems
    • Assist in deployment system hot fixes/patches
    • Master data configuration and specification updates
    • System SOPs
    • System troubleshooting
    • User account management
  • Secondary Software Platform Responsibilities
  • MES (Werum PAS-X System)
  • Site Historian System (OSIsoft PI Historian)
  • Site Process Control PLC or DCS based System (Future)
  • BIO- G Scheduling Software (Emerson)
  • Network Infrastructure support
  • An understanding of VLANs and how networks are segregated
  • Building Management System (BMS)/Equipment Monitoring (EMS) (Siemens Desigo)
  • Implement automation changes to existing control system hardware and software, and supervise modifications completed by outside vendors, including development of specifications and testing documentation.

Basic Requirements:

  • BS or BA Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent related fields with 4+ years of relevant work experience or
  • MS Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent related fields with 2 years of relevant work experience or
  • HS Diploma with 6 years of relevant work experience in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent related fields
  • Possesses good communication skills to promote cross function discussions and communications.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

  • Understand how to work in Active Directory across multiple domains.
  • Sustain plant automation engineering operations
  • Support GMP system change via change controls, deviations, and CAPAs. 
  • Automation Projects and CapEx: Developing, planning and implementing automation-based projects and solutions in collaboration with multi-functional teams, including determination and delivery on cost, time and quality to ensure the sustained production, successful product launches and customer satisfaction.
  • Work with Kite Global Operation Automation Technology (GOAT) to align finite scheduling, MES, and process automation platforms.  
  • Support the validation of automation systems with Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Engineering (QE), and Validation.
  • Provide technical support to projects in support of the capital and operational plans.
  • Provide technical and automation knowledge for troubleshooting, investigations and training.
  • Provide automation system hardware support including installation and advanced automation system design for data integrity, stability and interface between different systems.
  • Ensure effective maintenance and availability of automation equipment.
  • Handle automation changes to existing control system hardware and software, supervising hardware and software modifications done by outside vendors, and development of specifications and testing documentation.
  • Experience working on cross functional teams to obtain project deliverables.
  • Experience with systems investigation and root cause analysis tools.

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!

* This Position qualifies for a $8,000 Sign-on Bonus, $4,000 payable within 30 days of start date and $4,000 payable following 6 months of continuous employment. Payments are subject to a 1-year repayment agreement from date of payment issue. Applies to external hires only.