Automation Engineer

Location Belgium
Discipline: Biotechnology
Job type: Freelance
Contact name: Caitlin Girdwood

Contact email:
Job ref: 11672
Published: about 1 month ago

My client is a Biotech company in Belgium, and are in need of an Automation Engineer to support their projects. As Automation Process automation engineer you will take the lead in the automation aspects (from design to handover) for certain defined packages of the project. You will act as the overall automation cluster coordinator of the project. For your packages, you are responsible for the follow-up with the automation supplier/integrator.

This project is initially for 3 months, extension possible. You will be required to be on-site 2 days per week, and off-site for 3.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Ø Planning and design:

o You analyze the requirements of the internal customer in the area of automation aspects (PLC, HMI, SCADA, MES, electricity) and translate them to a Request for Quotation and eventually to functional specifications, together with the selected automation supplier/integrator

o From your technical knowledge and experience, you can create the User Requirement Specifications (URS) based on the users’ input

o You analyze the received quotations based on your knowledge and experience and participate in the vendor selection process

o You propose and follow-up the planning of the tasks in your scope, in line with the overall cluster/project planning


Ø Implementation:

o You take the lead in the implementation of the automation modules in scope of your packages

o You are the main point of contact with the automation supplier/integrator for all aspects of the implementation


Ø Commissioning, qualification & handover:

o You prepare, organize, coordinate, participate and document the different commissioning and verification phases (FAT, SAT, IQ, OQ), assuring that the implemented system fulfills the functional specifications

o You play an active role in troubleshooting during the commissioning phase

o You will hand over the necessary knowledge of the installation to the different company stakeholders (Production, Maintenance, Process Automation), through training and the creation of technical manuals


o Educated in or proven experience with design and commissioning of automation systems (such as PLC, SCADA, MES, low voltage electrical cabinets)

o At least 5 years of experience in a similar function in pharmaceutical engineering

o Good knowledge of English and French or Dutch

o Hands-on mentality and ability to work autonomously

o Team player with good communication and reporting skills

o Quality-minded with good documentation skills according to GDP requirements

o Knowledge of the automation software in use at company is a plus, although programming is no part of the function (is done by the automation supplier/integrator):

      • PLC: Siemens Step7 and TIA Portal
      • SCADA: Wonderware Intouch System Platform
Interested? Get in touch by sending your CV to or give me a call on +31 2020 44502.