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Manufacturing Engineering Systems Specialist/Automation Engineer - Exton and Devon, PA


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Manufacturing Engineering Systems Specialist/Automation Engineer

Location: Exton, PA and Devon, PA


About dsm-firmenich

As innovators in nutrition, health, and beauty, dsm-firmenich reinvents, manufactures, and combines vital nutrients, flavors, and fragrances for the world’s growing population to thrive. With our comprehensive range of solutions, with natural and renewable ingredients and renowned science and technology capabilities, we work to create what is essential for life, desirable for consumers, and more sustainable for the planet. dsm-firmenich is a Swiss-Dutch company, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion. With a diverse, worldwide team of nearly 30,000 employees, we bring progress to life™ every day, everywhere, for billions of people. 


What You’ll Do

In this dynamic role, you'll act as a liaison between Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT), leveraging your understanding of both domains to deliver integrated solutions that meet the needs of the biomedical sector. You are expected to build and maintain strong relationships with our internal partners at Group Digital & Technology and Operational Excellence.


Your role will be instrumental in the digital journey of HNC/Biomedical by:


  • Supporting an empowered organization enabled by technology and data in the manufacturing domain.
  • Drive process and system innovation that enables Health, Nutrtion & Care/Biomedical to future-proof operations and scale with its international growth strategy.
  • Support our Strategic Biomaterial Manufacturing strategy deploying digital manufacturing capabilities at scale.
  • Support the organization in transforming their paper-based way of working, into a Digital First approach.
  • Being the gatekeepe of our end-to-end manufacturing processes.


We bring

  • An open, trusted and flexible work environment that empowers people to take accountability for their work and own the outcome.
  • A space to grow by encouraging and supporting curiosity and an open mindset.
  • A culture that prioritizes safety and well-being, both physically and mentally.
  • Barrier-free communities within our organization where every employee is equally valued and respected – regardless of their background, beliefs, or identity.
  • A firm belief that working together with our stakeholders and suppliers is the key to achieving great things.
  • An eagerness to be one team and learn from each other to bring progress to life and create a better future.


Key responsibilities

  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) to our operations function, in close collaboration with the Digital Enablement Lead for Operations & Quality.
  • Act as the SME between Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT).
  • Support the implementation of MES, QPLM, LIMS, and SAP solutions, ensuring seamless integration and scalability across sites.
  • Ensure cyber-secure integration between the IT and OT layer.
  • Serve as the manufacturing/operations technology expert leveraging industry best practices.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to document requirements, design and implement solutions that optimize manufacturing processes and supply chain operations.
  • Collaborate with Computer Systems and Software Validation Engineer to ensure regulatory compliance and assess/identify risks.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive documentation, including system architecture diagrams, process flows, and user guides.
  • Provide functional and technical support to internal stakeholders and drive acumen building in the domain of operations technology.
  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies and industry trends, recommending solutions to enhance efficiency, quality, and compliance.
  • Support implementation projects, including config (collaboration with partners), testing, and deployment
  • Drive compliance with policies and regulations related to manufacturing area and software development within an FDA regulated environment.
  • Collaborate intensively with Group Digital Services (IT) and its partners in the execution of our digital programs and proof of concepts.


You bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • 5-8 years of experience in SCM and manufacturing solution design, preferably in the biomedical or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Proven expertise in integrating MES, Manufacturing Systems, PLM, LIMS, and SAP with a strong understanding of regulatory requirements (e.g., FDA, ISO).
  • Familiar with technologies such as Machine Vision, IoT, Edge Computing, Predictive Analytics amongst others.
  • Experience with Master Data Management in manufacturing, quality, and supply chain.
  • Experience supporting full lifecycle implementations of enterprise solutions, including requirements gathering, design, configuration, testing, and deployment.
  • Proficiency in project management methodologies and tools like Visio , MS Project & JIRA.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills all levels of the organization.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot.
  • Deep understanding of both OT and IT systems, including their architectures, protocols (e.g. OPC UA), and technologies. This includes knowledge of industrial control systems (ICS), SCADA systems, Historians, networking layers, cybersecurity principles, and IT infrastructure
  • Understanding of key manufacturing KPIs like OEE, Productivity and First Time Through Practical knowledge and experience of lean manufacturing, visual management and six sigma is desirable.


Equal Opportunities Commitment

dsm-firmenich is fully dedicated to inclusion because when people feel engaged and empowered, their creativity and innovation drives unprecedented progress. We aim to build a workplace where opportunity really is equal, so everyone can thrive. We do not discriminate: there’s a place for everyone at dsm-firmenich.


As a committed equal opportunity employer, we ensure our recruitment practices are inclusive and fair. We encourage  the recruitment of a diverse workforce, representative of the communities in which we work, by using inclusive language, diverse interview panels, diversified sourcing strategies. Selection is based on qualifications, competency, experience, performance history and fit with the team to advance fair and equitable opportunity. 


Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, backgrounds, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


We are committed to providing reasonable support for disabled applicants in our recruiting process. Should you need assistance, and are comfortable to share this, please let us know.


Please note this is a direct search led by dsm-firmenich. We only accept applications from candidates, not from agencies nor subject to agency’s fees, percentages or similar.