Boehringer Ingelheim Associate Director, Automation Engineering - Filling, Assembly, Packaging, Utilities and Facilities Automation in FREMONT, California

Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment which benefits our employees, patients and communities.


The Associate Director, Automation Engineering is responsible for Leading a Team of Automation, Instrumentation and Control Engineers supporting manufacturing and utilities computerized/automated equipment and systems. The support provided by the Team includes daily manufacturing operations, compliance, systems administration, continuous improvement, reliability initiatives, Capital Projects and New Products Introduction.

The AD supports the preparation of departmental budget; performs resources planning including assignment of activities and projects to Team members; prioritizes activities requiring automation Team support; plans and implements cross-training and development activities for resources; provides strategic planning and guidance for Instrumentation, Controls, Automation and Computerized Systems administration, continuous support, life cycle management and capital projects; serves as guidance and model to the team in regulatory and EHS compliance; provides guidance and expertise to find solutions for automation complex situations and projects; leads coordination and communication between departments and across functions; coaches, mentors, leads and manages departmental employees and contractors.

As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees

Duties & Responsibilities:


  • •Leads a team of Automation resources, internal and contracted, responsible for performing automation tasks such as administration of automated systems, configuration, modification and qualification of the systems, continuous improvement and compliance support on automation related topics.

  • •Assigns and manages resources and monitors the performance of assigned responsibilities. Ensures staff is properly trained to be able to perform their jobs and are operating in a safe manner.

  • •Manages and leads full-time employees assigned. Spends the necessary time to develop skilled engineers and to enable career growth opportunities for employees both in and outside of the group. Owns people leadership responsibilities such as talent and performance management.

  • Spends the necessary time to coach and advise employees in all areas of the business.

  • Technical :

  • •Provides advanced technical expertise and strategic guidance to the assigned team to ensure adequate daily support to manufacturing and utilities operation, effective maintenance and availability of automation equipment, and control system modifications adhering to Good Engineering practices, Bio-Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices, and Change Control standards, procedures and policies.

  • Contributes to developing improved and robust automated system strategies including instrumentation, controls and automation for processes and equipment.

  • Plans the maintenance and life cycle management activities for the automated systems.

  • Investigates and analyzes customer opportunities for improvement. Design, recommends and implements improvement suggestions.

  • Compliance :

  • Provides strategy definition and approval for change request, design documentation, testing and commissioning plans.

  • •Advises and approves strategy for deviations resolution and CAPAs implementation,

  • •Performs advanced automation system design that supports data integrity, stability and interface between different systems.

  • •Ensures maintenance of automation system and documentation, including automation specification documents and SOPs, in a compliant state.

  • •Ensures Automation resources supports internal, external and customer's audits and resolution of any observation by auditors.

  • Cross-functional liaison :

  • Interfaces with Manufacturing, Process Science, QA, and Contract Engineering/Vendor firms to develop and agree upon Scopes, User Requirements and Functional Requirements Specifications, Support Contracts, etc.

  • Global Engineering Network for automation and standardization :

  • Supports definition and implementation of best practice of automation technical standards and procedures.

  • Participates in project and initiatives multi-site reviews.

  • Capital Projects :

  • Supports Capital Projects by developing, planning and implementing automation based projects and solutions in collaboration with cross-functional teams, including determination and delivery on scope, schedule, cost, and quality to ensure the sustained production, successful product launches and customer satisfaction. These projects may be new systems and/or retrofit of existing.

  • Provides leadership and/or technical support to projects in support of the BI Capital Plan.

  • Supervise automation consultants, contractors providing services on the supported areas/projects.

  • Supports the commissioning and qualification of automation systems.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Science or Engineering, preferably Computer Science, Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering

  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant work experience in the Instrumentation, Controls and Automation field required.

  • Experience in a regulated manufacturing environment, preferably pharmaceuticals.

  • Requires a minimum of six (6) years strategic technical leadership experience including successfully leading people and projects in a matrix environment; prefer at least two (2) to three (3) year of tactical people management experience.

  • Working knowledge of automation systems such as Delta V, Siemens, Allen-Bradley, BMS, process equipment, instrumentation, and/or computerized systems typically applied to Bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

  • Detail-oriented, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong technical writing and presentation skills.

  • Ability to be flexible and manage change.

  • Must have well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to establish highly functional relationships with diverse personalities both within and outside the company.

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with technical and management staff.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

  • Strong analytical skills to identify potential improvement opportunities, and drive to opportunities to realization.

  • Good knowledge of economic relations and business needs.

  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary project groups and deal with customers and suppliers.

  • Good understanding of legal and regulatory aspects within Bio-pharmaceutical business and EHS.

  • Must be organized and capable of managing tasks on multiple, concurrent services or projects.

  • Subject matter expert in the design, implementation, and support of automation systems.

  • General understanding of functions supporting Biopharmaceutical or other high-tech manufacturing. Ability to effectively lead and motivate cross-functional teams in the implementation of sustainable automation solutions.

  • If required, contributes BIs knowledge to national and international standard committees (VDI, ISO and ISPE) to represent biopharmaceutical interests and progress.

  • Represents automation systems in compliance audits.

  • Adheres to safety related company and regulatory standards.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.

  • Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required)

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Our Culture:

Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and operates globally with approximately 50,000 employees. Since our founding in 1885, the company has remained family-owned and today we are committed to creating value through innovation in three business areas including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. Since we are privately held, we have the ability to take an innovative, long-term view. Our focus is on scientific discoveries and the introduction of truly novel medicines that improve lives and provide valuable services and support to patients and their families. Employees are challenged to take initiative and achieve outstanding results. Ultimately, our culture and drive allows us to maintain one of the highest levels of excellence in our industry. We are also deeply committed to our communities and our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen the neighborhoods where we live and work. Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Merial Barceloneta, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer 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 identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status, including protected veteran 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.

Boehringer Ingelheim is firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, productive and efficient work environment for our employees, partners and customers. As part of that commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim conducts pre-employment verifications and drug screenings.

Organization: US-BI Fremont

Title: Associate Director, Automation Engineering - Filling, Assembly, Packaging, Utilities and Facilities Automation

Location: Americas-US-CA-Fremont

Requisition ID: 186616