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Sanofi Group Senior DeltaV Automation Engineer – Vaccines in Toronto, Ontario

Reference No. R2739655

Position Title: Senior DeltaV Automation Engineer – Vaccines

Department: Automation & Manufacturing Systems

Location : Toronto, Ontario

Sanofi Vaccines

Sanofi's global vaccines business unit partners with the public health, medical and scientific communities to improve access to life-protecting vaccines and increase vaccination coverage, while striving to develop new and improved vaccines to enhance health and well-being.

At Sanofi, we chase the miracles of science to improve people’s lives. We believe our cutting-edge science and manufacturing, fueled by data and digital technologies, have the potential to transform the practice of medicine, turning the impossible into possible for millions of people.

Position Summary:

The incumbent executes automation engineering activities for strategic capital projects and/or site facility projects within the Toronto Engineering & Technical Services Organization. This position is responsible to lead as the facility automation subject matter expert and manage development, concept, design, commissioning, qualification and maintenance of automation systems related to facility and building automation.

This position will be coordinate and be responsible for interfacing with different trades (architecture/building, mechanical, electrical, ITS, maintenance, process engineering, operations, and Manufacturing Technology); to ensure the correct installation of all automation and associated equipment where adhering to established regulatory compliance requirements.

The incumbent is also responsible for developing appropriate solutions to satisfy the needs of internal customers in accordance with company guidelines and procedures, and within budget and schedule commitments. The incumbent is accountable for acting and involved in producing designs and then implementing the designs (commissioning and qualification post installation) according to SPL best practices.

This position may be realized as a lead automation engineer with demonstrated knowledge and experience in technology and is responsible for multiple systems across the entire site including existing site facilities, B100, B200 and/or FFIP. The incumbent must have a proven record of working independently within a matrixed project team.

The incumbent needs to demonstrate technical leadership qualities, abilities to lead a team of automation engineers with varying experience level. The incumbent needs to be able to demonstrate and communicate good technical understanding of the automation systems and defend technical design decisions.

The incumbent also needs to provide coaching and guidance to junior team members and other stakeholders on the team to ensure automation deliverables and timelines are met.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as technical facility automation engineering subject matter expert responsible for automation system(s) across the entire site including existing site facilities, B100, B200 and/or FFIP.

  • Provides direct technical input for design and fabrication, commissioning and qualification of facility automation systems in a non-GMP and GMP environment.

  • Interpret and ensure compliance of facility automation requirements developed during detailed design phase.

  • Executes and works with various trades to complete installation and commissioning activities for automation systems to ensure they are designed and installed per design requirements.

  • Performs mechanical completion and start-up for capital projects. Lead as automation representative in FAT, SAT and Critical Test Plan execution.

  • Reviews the C&Q test plans for the automation and support the commissioning and qualification tasks.

  • Direct 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.

  • Supports operations and performs with troubleshooting and issue resolution with respect to computer and facility automation systems such as Siemens PLC and ignition.

  • Lead 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.

  • Perform appropriate review. Accountable for technical quality of design of automation systems. Perform appropriate reviews with vendors and stakeholders. Responsible for design that meets project budget and schedule for the applicable automation systems.

  • Construction and GMP Environment Field Work.

  • Oversees various automation project execution from technical standpoint for alignment in automation philosophy and strategy.

HSE Requirement/Statement:

  • Works within the policies, procedures and regulations as required by the Company and under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Context of the job/Major challenges:

  • Ability to work in a collaborative shared space (Obeya) in a 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.


  • Financial dimensions : Potential impact on project budget (site or capital)

  • Human Resources dimensions: NA

  • Statistical dimensions: NA

  • Health & Safety dimensions: Oversight of safety compliance of equipment and system.

Key Requirements:

  • Minimum B.Sc in Electrical, Automation Engineering or Computer Science.

  • 5 – 7 years, direct of experience in applied automation design engineering and project experience are required. Additional experience in construction/installation, equipment start-up, qualification and/or validation is mandatory.

  • Working knowledge of PLC’s and automation in DCS platform

  • Expert with the DeltaV system (biotech company or project)

  • 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, Werum PAS|X, 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.

  • Act for Change, Cooperate Transversally, Commit to Customers, Strive for Results, Think Strategically, Develop People, Make Decisions, Lead Teams.

Pursue Progress

Discover Extraordinary

Better is out there. Better medications, better outcomes, better science. But progress doesn’t happen without people – people from different backgrounds, in different locations, doing different roles, all united by one thing: a desire to make miracles happen. So, let’s be those people.

Watch our ALL IN video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkpDBZ-CJKw&t=67s) and check out our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion actions at sanofi.com (https://www.sanofi.com/en/our-responsibility/equality-and-inclusiveness) !

Sanofi is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodations for persons with disabilities required during the recruitment process are available upon request.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Pursue progress , discover extraordinary

Better is out there. Better medications, better outcomes, better science. But progress doesn’t happen without people – people from different backgrounds, in different locations, doing different roles, all united by one thing: a desire to make miracles happen. So, let’s be those people.

At Sanofi, we provide equal opportunities to all regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, ability or gender identity.

Watch our ALL IN video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkpDBZ-CJKw&t=67s) and check out our Diversity Equity and Inclusion actions at sanofi.com (https://www.sanofi.com/en/our-responsibility/equality-and-inclusiveness) !