Shire Automation Engineer in Lessines (Baxalta), Belgium

This position delivers high-quality automation systems design, analysis and programming, according client requirements and departmental standards. Position acquires a fundamental knowledge of client's business sector while analysing issues and developing solutions.

Main responsibilities

  • Perform troubleshooting of equipment: support day-to-day requests from maintenance and production, active participation in daily operational meetings with actions follow-up, handling troubleshooting change requests, supports to 24h/7d service as required. Provide knowledge support to contractors for equipment issues. Execute shutdown and slowdown automation tasks. Use problem-solving skills and fundamental knowledge of client’s business sector in order to develop robust solutions to business problems.

  • Prepare and update URS, FS, DS, technical specification, Spare parts list for automation systems. Upgrade system hardware & software. Give feedback to develop control strategy and systems for new installations. Develop test requirements, prepare and document test in agreement with quality department. Accountable for time & cost estimates for assigned tasks. Define automation requirements, program, test, document, perform validation activities with moderate guidance.

  • Participate to automation system risk and preparation of tenders for coming equipments. Provide feedback to Subject Master Experts for identifying system issues and continuous improvement opportunities. Manages change requests for continuous improvement. Prepare detailed technical specifications from which incumbent or others will write programs. Develop analytic skills to resolve technical problems. Identify root causes for problems and propose solutions to prevent recurring problems.

  • Provide guidance and mentor less experienced programmers so that they develop their application skills. Identify opportunities and work on capacity increase and efficiency increase projects.

  • Participates to CAPA investigation and report, perform consecutive action plans.


  • Master degree in automation, or a related field, or equivalent experience required.

  • 5+ years of automation system experience.

  • Automation technical skills in technology used (PLC Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and/or Siemens S7, Proficy iFix HMI/SCADA supervision and/or Rockwell supervision, Programming in VB, automation field networks)

  • Strong, structured programming skills in technologies used and experience in all phases of systems development.

  • Database knowledge.

  • Excellent written and verbal skills in French. Intermediate English knowledge.

  • Demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills.

  • Solid team player, able to meet deadlines and handle changing priorities.

  • Ability to understand the technical installations, the equipments and systems installed on the site.Ability to read technical drawings e.g. P&IDs, to understand validation protocols and SOP.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.