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Automation Manager

Charlottetown, PE, Canada Req #1535
June 13, 2024

BIOVECTRA Inc. is a leading bio-science business in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, focused on contract manufacturing and product development of active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical intermediates, and bioreagents.

BIOVECTRA Inc. has an opening for a Automation Manager. This is a permanent, full-time position located in Charlottetown, PEI.


The candidate will be responsible for:


  • Serving as technical facility automation engineering subject matter expert responsible for automation system(s) across the entire site including existing site facilities.
  • Providing direct technical input for design and fabrication, commissioning, and qualification of facility automation systems in a non-GMP and GMP environment.
  • Leading automation design development and specifications. Responsible for developing preliminary and basic engineering deliverables that meet URS and compliance requirements including best practices guidelines. Depending on project, some deliverables may be generated internally while other times by external engineering.
  • Interpreting and ensuring compliance of facility automation requirements developed during detailed design phase.
  • Being accountable for technical quality of design of automation systems. Performing appropriate reviews with vendors and stakeholders. Responsible for design that meets project budget and schedule for the applicable automation systems.
  • Overseeing various automation project execution from technical standpoint for alignment in automation philosophy and strategy.
  • Performing mechanical completion and start-up for capital projects. Lead as automation representative in FAT, SAT and Critical Test Plan execution.
  • Reviewing the C&Q test plans for process and utility system automation and support the commissioning and qualification tasks.
  • Performing and/or overseeing administrative duties for PLC and data historian software (for example FactoryView, FactoryTalk, OSI Pi, PiVision) including managing day-to-day compliance with internal computerized system policies.
  • Owning and managing change control process for automation systems and software including PLC and Pi.
  • Managing service contracts with external vendors.
  • Executing and working with various trades to complete installation and commissioning activities for automation systems to ensure they are designed and installed per design requirements.
  • Directing input into configuration administration and maintenance activities of the site’s manufacturing computer and automation systems, including process control systems, building automation systems, configuration, interfaces.
  • Supporting operations by performing troubleshooting and issue resolution with respect to computer and facility automation systems..
  • Overseeing Construction and GMP Environment Field Work.


The successful candidate for this position should have:


  • Post-Secondary Education.
  • Working knowledge of PLC’s and automation in DCS platform.
  • Working knowledge of unit operations typically used in biotech and vaccine manufacturing such as bulk manufacturing, downstream operations, formulation, steaming (SIP) and cleaning (CIP).
  • Must understand the relationship between Good Manufacturing Practices, industry standards and their application to the manufacturing process.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external team members is essential.
  • Strong analytical skills (engineering analysis).
  • Experience with one of the following platforms: Allen Bradley PLC, BMS System, OSISoft PI historian, Instrumentation and control panel hardware as required by the job.
  • Experience with computer systems validation practices (GAMP).
  • Experience authoring and reviewing standard operating procedures, on-the-job-trainings, and other controlled documents.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative large and complex project environment where quick critical thinking and decision making is required.
  • Technical aptitude/understanding across a broad number of subjects including vaccine processes and equipment, HVAC systems, building and equipment maintenance.
  • Technical aptitude/understanding of digital system.
  • Ability to lead, engage and work with a spectrum of roles within the organization. This includes unionized trades, salaried managers, technical services support functions, quality, production and supporting functions.


BIOVECTRA offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Interested candidates are asked to apply by choosing the “Apply Now” button 

Closing Date: July 12, 2024

Individual accommodations due to a disability are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, citizenship status, marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation. BIOVECTRA is committed to creating an inclusive environment and building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We value diversity and recognize that experience comes in many forms and skills are transferable. Please view this description as a general overview, but not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute and lead in this role, apply!   We thank all interested parties; however, only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.

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