Automation Engineer

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides. With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services. Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. For further information, see

A brief overview


The Automation Engineer is responsible for managing automation systems and projects for manufacturing processes and systems in a regulated pharmaceutical industrial plant. Performs engineering design evaluations. Recommends alterations to development and design to improve quality of products, and/or procedures. Maximizes efficiency by analyzing automation system composition, communication, logic, and workforce utilization. Determines hardware, software, and network architecture necessary to achieve manufacturing goals according to product specifications. Supports project teams and drives project milestones to design, develop, and improve process automation.


What you will do


  • Responsible for Installation, and qualification of Automation systems for batch processing tanks, solvent recovery system, filter dryers, HPLCs, filtration systems, Lyophilizers, ultra-low freezers, HVAC, solvent distribution and recovery systems, compressed air, purified water, and wastewater system.
  • Collaborate with Production and Controls Team to develop and streamline production process in automating the new and existing system by harmonizing and leveraging technology developed by Center of Excellence (Bachem Headquarters).
  • Develop and train cross-functional team members on utilization and maintaining new Automation systems for equipment and system – by improving existing process, creating new procedures, job aids, SOPs and protocols as well as training of staff for these expectations.
  • Support troubleshooting of Automation Systems, monitor and trend to ensure that equipment works to its specifications and appropriate capacities
  • Support engineering team and coordinates engineering activities to execute the automation part of strategic investment projects.
  • Ensures compliance of company policies, procedures and objectives regarding processes, initiatives, and projects




  • Bachelor's degree In engineering or equivalent years of qualified work experience in lieu of degree
  • 2-4 years qualified work experience in automation engineering
  • 2-4 years experience with Allen Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Delta-V, Schneider, and Opto automation platforms
  • 2-4 years experience with MSSQL and OSI PI databases
  • 2-4 years experience with Copadata Zenon, Ignition, and PlanPAX SCADA platforms
  • Working knowledge of ISA and IEE Standards and industry code as it relates to Chemical, Pharmaceutical facilities or related facilities
  • Knowledge of NEC, UL, and FDA title 21 standards and requirements
  • Technical knowledge of automation, controls, instrumentation, batch programming, Programmable Logic Controllers, Distributed Control Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, Building Automation Systems, IT and OT networks and technologies
  • Experience with electrical and program troubleshooting
  • Ability to safely work with electrical circuits up to 480VAC
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment
  • Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems
  • Ability to work independently, manage one’s time, and function well in a team environment




Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation and dedication, we're the right company for you. 



Base Salary Range: $95,600 - $131,450

Placement of new hires in these wage ranges is based on several factors including education, skill sets, experience, and training.


Total Rewards 


We offer all Team Members a total rewards package including competitive pay, annual performance bonus, a generous benefit package with comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision coverage, 401(k) plan with employer contribution, and paid vacation, personal and sick days. 


Corporate Social Responsibility 


Bachem takes responsibility for future generations by a careful handling of resources and avoiding environmental risks. We continually improve our ecological performance and develop and implement new approaches for enhancing employees’ environmental awareness.  EcoVadis has awarded Bachem Platinum Medal status in their assessment of Bachem. 


Bachem Americas is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status




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