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Automation Engineer, Senior

date posted 09/24/2021
contract type Full time
job id R2604574
location Framingham, Massachusetts

The Framingham campus is home to Sanofi’s digital facility which won ISPE’s Facility of the Future and Facility of the Year 2020. As such, the Digital Operations Technology group in Framingham is responsible for executing Sanofi’s Digital Strategy to deliver innovative solutions. Focused on Digital 4.0, this group is involved in delivering digital solutions for large capital projects as well as continuous improvement and optimizing existing solutions.

The Digital Operations Technology group is responsible for design, implementation, support, and maintenance of digital systems aligned with site and company goals.  The Digital Operations Technology group is responsible for maintaining stable, qualified, and highly available computing infrastructure and digital software applications.  This encompasses work processes that originate with the identification of a new or revised digital systems, the design, installation, verification and validation of the system, the maintenance of the system in its commissioned/qualified/validated state and the retirement of the system at the end of its life.

Key Responsibilities may differ among employees with same job title and may change over time in accordance with business needs.

This position is responsible for providing automation expertise for medium to large projects. These projects include continuous improvement, retrofit, and large capital investments to optimize manufacturing and supporting operations. This person will design, architect, troubleshoot, and deliver future enhancements for automation related systems.

The Automation Engineer Senior will be responsible for using expertise to design innovative solutions. These solutions span the areas of automation systems, data historians, IoT devices, etc. with a key focus on pushing new boundaries of Digital 4.0. The person will be responsible for maintaining and providing technical support, ensuring availability of the automation systems for multiple manufacturing facilities.

Additional Responsibilities include:

  • Leadership: 

    • Providing leadership and direction to junior team members while embodying the principles of the Sanofi Global Leadership Model

    • Leading automation related projects

    • Managing contractors for staff augmentation or project roles

    • Ensuring timely issue escalation to senior management and cross-functional support teams

    • Partnering with support teams i.e., Manufacturing, Quality, etc to ensure deliverables are completed to meet to production schedules

    • Mentoring junior automation engineers to ensure that the team applies compliant, efficient solutions to projects.

  • Automation:

    • Provide technical solutions to a wide range of process automation related design challenges.  Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practical, and consistent with organization objectives.

    • Responsible for ensuring process equipment automation are available to support operations schedule requirements.

    • Managing medium to large departmental projects and ensuring that the appropriate controls, approvals, and validation requirements are implemented

    • Integrate systems and data from a variety of skidded systems, analytical equipment, and process/building control systems.

    • Developing robust solutions that have minimal downtime and ensure data integrity.

    • Lead development of automation standards

  • Training /Deviations /Compliance/Safety: 

    • Complying with Sanofi requirements for training

    • Ensuring Inspection Readiness of assigned areas 

    • Overseeing completion of investigations and deviations

    • Ensuring all assigned deviations and CAPA’s are closed in a timely manner

    • Ensuring that Automation documentation is compliant and inspection ready.

    • Participating in inspections conducted by external regulators 

    • Complying with requirements from Genzyme’s Safety Program including Health and Safety regulations and OSHA requirements

  • Continuous Improvement:

    • Working collaboratively with inter-department and cross-functional teams to lead necessary changes in a timely and productive manner 

    • Partnering with Manufacturing to troubleshoot and drive resolution of process issues and proactively driving projects to improve manufacturing process

    • Partnering with Operational Excellence to drive process improvements through Kaizens, Kanban, 5S and VSM.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science or related technological field and 7+ years of experience

  • Master’s with 5+ years of relevant work experience

  • Experience with at least multiple computerized systems (Werum PAS-X, DeltaV, PI, etc.)

  • Direct experience with regulated environments (i.e. cGMP, OSHA, EPA).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of bus technologies and Instrumentation

  • Demonstrated knowledge of validation requirements for control systems in CGMP and/or ASTM environments.


  • Bachelor’s and 12+ years of experience

  • Master’s and 10+ years of experience

  • Experience with DeltaV

  • Experience with SCADA/PLC systems such as Rockwell Factory Talk/RSLogix, Honeywell

  • Experience with systems/network/validation, preferable in the chemical, pharmaceutical, foods, or other process industries is preferred

  • Electrical Engineer or Chemical Engineer

  • Experienced in establishment of safe practices in a cGMP environment.

  • Proficient working with computer programs/applications such as Windows XP, Windows 7, VBA, MS Word, Excel, Access, etc.

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and be accountable

  • Proven technical and analytical skills to quickly resolve automation system issues.

  • Experience delivering solutions based on Digital 4.0

  • Experience with SaaS solutions

  • Experience with IoT solution and edge devices


  • Required manufacturing operations support on a rotating “on call” 24/7 basis

  • Requires working in an industrial manufacturing environment including gowning

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.



At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.

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