Manage the facility converged plant-wide Ethernet (CPwE) networks (current and future systems). Lead the design, implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of converged networks in multiple production facilities (MES/MOM). Participate in the development and implementation of connected enterprise strategies that support company business objectives.
This position supports all compounding center locations and is based in the corporate headquarters located in the Chicago area.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works with the Process Engineering Manager to create The companies’s Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) and connected enterprise strategy. Uses well developed knowledge of process automation and networking to assess and supply strategic direction for short, medium, and long-term plant-wide network strategies that support the companies business objectives.
Designs, implements, maintains, improves on, and supports current and future converged plant-wide networks. Maintenance and support include regular monitoring of system health, security improvements, and troubleshooting of system failures/outages.
Establishes validation strategy for new or upgraded plant-wide networks that satisfies cGMP requirements. Writes, reviews, and executes validation protocols and reports. Supervises work performed by other team members and contractors.
Creates implementation plans, then prioritizes activities and closely manages project milestones of assigned projects. Identify options and contingencies to keep numerous active projects on track. Maintains project costs to within approved budgets. Identifies program problems and obtains/proposes solutions when needed.
Manages vendor-partner relationships including selecting vendors, defining requirements, negotiating price/delivery/etc., maintaining accountability, ensuring mutual confidentiality, and providing close oversight of vendor work activities.
Develops and implements necessary SOPs and training documents; trains engineers, pharmacists, operators, and maintenance personnel on system features and SOPs.
Develops and submits documentation to the Executive Team regarding current status of projects, compliance to schedules, strategic planning, and project budgets.
Ensures standardization of formal procedures and processes for Engineering and organization as a whole. Works actively and effectively with personnel at all levels within the companies organization.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology or related technology driven degree.
Minimum of 5 years as Network Engineer or related jobs.
Cisco Certified Network Associate preferred (e.g. CCNA Industrial, CCNA Routing & Switching, or CCNA Security).
CISSP certification is a plus.
Hands-on experience configuring IT/OT equipment (Cisco, EMC, etc..) as well as having experience in the OT (Operations Technology) networking space.
Familiarity with a variety of security and/or networking concepts, practices, and procedures, to include manufacturing and enterprise network convergence, network protocols, communication optimization, application effects on system performance and human exploitation techniques on the manufacturing network.
Experience with Rockwell software (FactoryTalk VantagePoint, Historian, Metrics, Transaction Manager, AssetCentre), Cisco products, and network design concepts preferred.
Experience with automation controls (Allen Bradley PLCs) and HMIs (PanelView/Industrial PCs/Distributed HMI) preferred.
MINIMUM SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Innovative, decisive, results-oriented leader with strong problem-solving skills. Strong ability to quickly understand and triage networking issues, working alone or with other teams to resolve issues in a live environment.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, ability to analyze technical issues, define/solve problems, establish project plans, evaluate solutions, and draw valid conclusions.
Demonstrated results in implementing complex solutions on time, within budget, and meeting specified requirements; demonstrated results managing many projects concurrently.
Familiar with FDA cGMP practices.
Familiarity with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market trends.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Project, Excel, and Outlook.