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GlaxoSmithKline Sr Automation Reliability Engineer in Wavre, Belgium

The role of Automation 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, he/she will improve the processes, the technical systems and the automation capabilities to deliver more efficient and effective solutions to the MPUs. He/She will apply Lean & Six Sigma methodology to ensure delivery of cost effective solutions.

Your responsibilities:

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

  • You will drive & 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.

  • You will serve 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.

  • You will drive the organization towards being a learning organization that enables people to deliver exceptional and sustainable performance

  • You will enhance cost control, reduce lead time and working capital through budget analysis and costs of production. Launches measures of financial gains.

  • You will drive Performance Management across the Operational teams with process measures in place and in use

  • Trainers for Reliability tools & methodologies.

  • You will ensure effective communication for reliability programs / projects

  • You will network with other Reliability experts (Automation / Technical services) to exchange learning and good practices

  • You will participate or define/review & audit automation standards, compliance, SOP

  • You will 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.

  • You will coach orange belt, green belt program

  • You will contribute to « rôle de garde » - Supports the 24/7 on-call service

  • You will manage work done in SAP (follow-up approval with QA, close notification, backlog review)

  • You will be responsible for complex improvement program, involving several MPUs

  • Line Manager of Automation Reliability Engineer and SMR Manager

  • You will define/review & audit automation standards, compliance, SOP

  • You will be in charge of the cost control of the operational team, Promote Value Creation Program to enhance improvement and performance mindset in Operational teams

  • You will set up the strategy and implementation plan of the Operational team to achieve business objectives

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master in Engineering + Project management certifications

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a pharmaceutical environment

  • Knowledge of engineering disciplines such as: automation, instrumentation, mechanical, electrical, etc

  • 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 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;

  • 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 :

  • Ensure alignment and prioritization with business, with automation staff and coordinate with the various actors in advanced automation and digitalisation outside of automation department

  • Necessary to understand a large scope within a technical department.

Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Healthcare, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the most significant changes we’ve made to our business in over 20 years.

We’re on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands. With new ambition comes new purpose.

For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent, and technology to get ahead of disease together – all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you’re ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey.

Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.

If you have a disability and require assistance during the course of the selection process, you will have the opportunity to let us know what specific assistance you require in order to make suitable arrangements.

Our goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. We believe that we all bring something unique to GSK and when we combine our knowledge, experiences and styles together, the impact is incredible. Come join our adventure at GSK where you will be inspired to do your best work for our patients and consumers. A place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.

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