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Sr Automation Reliability Engineer

The role of Sr Automation Reliability Engineer is a new role that has been announced as part of the Belgium Automation Transformation.

This role will be part of a team which mission is to drive the vision of automation across a group of 4 to 6 MPUs/SPUs, by driving the implementation and application of Automation Strategy . The team provide automation knowledge to execute the automation operations & deliver local projects for the dedicated MPUs to ensure that all systems, equipment and facilities are properly maintained, safe and reliable.

The Automation Reliability Engineer analyse the performance of a group of 4 to 6 MPUs/SPUs in terms of safety, reliability, availability and maintenance costs (in an Automation Domain). Working closely with the operating team and engineers of several MPUs, you will improve the processes, the technical systems and the automation capabilities to deliver more efficient and effective solutions to the MPUs. You will apply Lean & Six Sigma methodology to ensure delivery of cost effective solutions.

Your responsibilities:

  • Identify the key areas for improvement via a data-driven process and determine the improvement plan aligned with the Operational team mission.

  • Drives & execute improvement initiatives: benchmarks and identifies best practices, encourages informed risk taking and acts as a catalyst for innovation. Relentlessly challenges the status-quo to enrich continuous improvement of the operations, Develops process and value stream maps. Leads Kaizen events.
  • Serves as a change agent and role model for process excellence. Leads the development of lean and six sigma education by training and coaching of relays and middle management.
  • Drives the organization towards being a learning organization that enables people to deliver exceptional and sustainable performance
  • Enhances cost control, reduce lead time and working capital through budget analysis and costs of production. Launches measures of financial gains.
  • Drives Performance Management across the Operational teams with process measures in place and in use
  • Trainers for Reliability tools & methodologies.
  • Ensure effective communication for reliability programs / projects
  • Network with other Reliability experts (Automation / Technical services) to exchange learning and good practices
  • Participate or define/review & audit automation standards, compliance, SOP
  • Participate of troubleshooting taskforce - Ensures consistent use of root cause analysis tools on assessment of all high risk reliability incidents. Coach team in the use of Root cause analysis.
  • Coach orange belt, green belt program
  • Contributes to « rôle de garde » - Supports the 24/7 on-call service
  • Manages work done in SAP (follow-up approval with QA, close notification, backlog review)
  • Provide leadership to a core group of technical engineers GSK or Contingents in the development of deep scientific & engineering understanding of manufacturing Operations and in the implementation of good engineering & design practices and solutions to support manufacturing, quality and research operations.
  • Ensure good exchange between several GSK departments, as project engineering, quality assurance, user production, MSAT, hard technology, asset care, to ensure the delivery of automation equipment’s
  • Be expert on automation for primary and secondary equipment and systems in GSK Vaccines Belgium. Work on automation system on several projects automation system for different technologies.
  • Challenge and support project and asset care teams on complex and Belgian transversal issues. Able to propose direct and integrated solutions to highly complex technical problems
  • Responsible to deliver automation modification on existing equipment’s and ensure the following of CAPEX project to ensure an easy take in hand of the equipment by the maintenance team
  • Support the full system lifecycle for process automation and control system including the design, assessment, selection, commissioning, validation and implementation of systems. Contribute to manage and simplify several system/process/domain(s) of expertise, to reach state of the art in production environment.
  • Manage SMR or other small (L1/L2) automation project execution & participate in decision making.
  • Manage Engineering office working for GSK on L1/L2 automation projects ( 100 – 500 k€ automation scope of work)
  • Follow-up on technical project tasks and distribute workload among Automation technicians / Automation specialists / operations / contractors. Manage planning & budget: ensure deliverables are reached in time, and within budget
  • Manage allocation of resources per MPU in collaboration with other SMR managers and automation engineers
  • SPOC to BeEM PMO: consolidate planning & status of projects and report to BeEM PMO and Automation Program Manager
  • Manages EHS aspects (Write & Review the PTW for projects activities, Coordinates the risks related to the coactivity, Collects and manages dangerous situations, Reports on EHS aspects and proposes resolution plans, …)
  • The seniority of function can be recognised on basis of following elements :

  • Responsible for complex improvement program, involving several MPUs
  • Line Manager of Automation Reliability Engineer and SMR Manager
  • Define/review & audit automation standards, compliance, SOP
  • In charge of the cost control of the operational team, Promote Value Creation Program to enhance improvement and performance mindset in Operational teams
  • Set up the strategy and implementation plan of the Operational team to achieve business objectives
  • Why you?

    Basic Qualifications:

    We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • A sound understanding of reliability- and maintenance engineering and broad knowledge of equipment dominant failures
  • Must be able to exercise good judgement to establish priorities;
  • Experience in Lean & Six Sigma is desirable; Green Belt skills
  • Requires excellent supervisory skills, including planning, organisation and work management;
  • Strong expertise in automation
  • Experience with SAP is an asset;
  • Languages: English and French required;
  • Preferred qualifications:

    If you have the following characteristics it would be a plus:

  • Strong networking, influencing and negotiation skills to engage a broad community of stakeholders
  • Must be able to work on several issues simultaneously;
  • Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Requires good time management, due to frequent changes, in a demanding work environment;
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