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Automation Engineer

Boulder, CO
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $75,466 to $91,363 Yearly
  • Full-Time
Job Description

CordenPharma is a leading full-service contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), excipients, and pharmaceuticals Drug Products (DP) and packaging capabilities with > 2,600 employees across the world. Our services enable pharmaceutical and biotech companies to manufacture medicines with the ultimate goal of improving people’s lives.

Our network in Europe and the U.S. offers flexible and specialized solutions across five technology platforms: Peptides, Lipids, & Carbohydrates; Injectables; Highly Potent & Oncology; and Small Molecules. We strive for excellence in supporting this network and are committed to providing the highest quality products for the well-being of patients.


Corden Pharma provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. Corden Pharma embraces fair hiring practices.


The automation engineer is responsible for identifying, implementing, improving, and maintaining process automation systems in support of pharmaceutical drug substance, intermediates and fine chemical development and production. The automation engineer ensures functionality and regulatory compliance of process automation systems. Supporting process improvement, capital projects, tech transfer, and plant support as necessary.


Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Demonstrates self-directed learning and initiative supporting multiple projects and priorities
  • Maintains a thorough working knowledge of Corden Pharma Process Automation Systems and the control applications that are in use to support these systems
  • Provides technical assistance and support to queries either in person or over the phone. Where applicable, ask pertinent questions to determine nature of problem, to walk customers through a defined and scientific problem-solving process
  • Provides support in the development of applicable procedures, training, and documentation per company, client, and regulatory specifications
  • Resolves technical problems with Corden Pharma Automation Local Area Networks (LAN) and other process control infrastructures/systems
  • Supports the implementation of changes to the Process Control System and process control applications, ensuring compliance of the Process Automation Change Control System
  • Provides system maintenance and troubleshooting, including preventative maintenance tasks. Responsible for supporting plant coverage to ensure process control systems are operating properly
  • Supports the validation of new control applications and maintenance of process controls systems in a validated state
  • Identifies Process Control System improvements to improve system performance while adhering to established standards
  • Supports the review of user requirements and development of automation plans for small projects. Assists management where applicable in the development of automation plans for larger projects

This role has no direct supervisory responsibilities. Role expectations include demonstrating a positive attitude that supports a positive, healthy, and flexible work environment, and provides peer mentorship for department staff.


Every individual is personally responsible for the safety and environmental aspects of his or her activities in the workplace. Each employee is expected to perform their job duties in a safe manner utilizing all their knowledge, training, ability, and experience.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree (BS) from 4-year college or university in a technical field (Engineering, Chemistry, Science), and 1-year Pharmaceutical Manufacturing experience in a technical support or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read and understand common information technology technical literature. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with peers, customers, and management.


Ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory.


Ability to apply problem solving and best judgement to assigned tasks.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; work with hands; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach above shoulder height, and climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions as described.


These are the specific areas of knowledge, skill and ability that are important for successful job performance. They must be job related and consistent with business necessity.

  • Knowledge and ability applying scientific problem-solving methods as demonstrated with schoolwork performance and/or work experience
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, Visual Basic, and SQL scripting
  • Strong knowledge of computer systems (software and hardware)
  • Knowledge and experience with Windows
  • Analytical and troubleshooting skills including strong math, reading, and comprehension abilities
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and base knowledge of chemistry, chemical processing theories, application, equipment, and plant operations
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while being flexible to changing work schedules
  • Excellent customer service and verbal/written communication skills
  • Must be a team player and can multi-task
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Willingness to learn new technologies
  • Ability to interpret electrical and process instrumentation drawings (P&IDs)

Actual pay will be based on your skills and experience.

  • 401(k) matching - Corden Pharma will contribute 100% of the first 6% - 100% vested after 2 years of service
  • Accident Plan
  • Critical Illness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Insurance PPO/HSA
  • Hospital Indemnity Plan
  • ID Theft
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Wellness Program
  • Vacation – Three Weeks 1st Year
  • Vision Insurance



Boulder, CO
80301 USA



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