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Title:  Automation Technician

Requisition ID:  66148
Date:  Jul 10, 2024

Dublin, Leinster, IE

Department:  Operations


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

Job Summary:

Supports manufacturing projects and contributes to the development and implementation of the business manufacturing strategy. Responsible for the implementation of manufacturing solutions to meet the requirements of customers’ product introductions. Reports directly to Automation Engineer, Senior Automation Engineer or above.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support equipment process and product introduction projects.
  • Work on the implementation of the manufacturing strategy to meet customer and West needs.
  • Participate in project teams, identifying deliverables, time, and cost, setting priorities, and reporting to meet the needs of the business and the customer.
  • Support West’s relationships with customers and equipment suppliers in pursuit of new business, product development, manufacturing process development, continuous improvement, and on-going business development.
  • Work with equipment suppliers ensuring delivery meets specification, cost, and time.
  • Ensure that equipment meets the regulatory requirements of the business. Validation, health, and safety etc.
  • Support the installation of equipment with appropriate training and hand over to operations.
  • Work with all departments across the business to ensure that processes meet their requirements.
  • Identify, specify, and introduce manufacturing methods and opportunities into the company.
  • Assist with the training and development of personnel on processes or systems introduced to the company.
  • Ensure that the procedures and systems are in place to facilitate the introduction of processes and equipment.
  • Carry out repairs and preventative maintenance of equipment.
  • Act in accordance with the company’s Guiding Principles and adherence to the corporate Code of Conduct.
  • Compliance to all site Environmental, Health and Safety requirements, training, and regulations.
  • Compliance to all local site company policies, procedures, and corporate policies.
  • Perform additional duties at the request of the direct supervisor.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Must have a minimum of a NFQ Level 6 Degree in engineering or equivalent. A degree in Automation, Mechatronics or Mechanical Engineering is preferred.
  • Must be familiar with the hardware and software components of Robots, PLCs and vision control systems. Preferably with Allen Bradley or Siemens PLCs and Cognex Vision systems.
  • Must have knowledge of barcode scanning & RFID automatic identification and data capture used in high volume manufacturing.
  • Must have a very good knowledge of machine control systems and integrated manufacturing control systems including MES and batch manufacturing.
  • Must have high level knowledge of industrial networks architectures (Ethernet IP, Control Net & Profibus) and have an ability to fault find network problems.
  • Must have a very good knowledge of manufacturing automation, machine design, development, and validation process.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Preferably worked in either a medical, packaging, or technological industry with a good understanding of the regulatory requirements and exposure to serialization.
  • Aware of all relevant standard operating procedures and company policies.
  • Lean Sigma certification.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.


Physical and Mental Requirements:                   

  • This job is classified as medium since the candidate will work on the production floor, perform equipment maintenance and move/carry tools or spare parts frequently.
  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to accurately document work performed.
  • Must be able to work independently on own projects while working concurrently with all departments and levels of employees.
  • Must be able to organize and prioritize tasks; must be detail orientated and self-motivated.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Delegation of Duties:

When absent from the site duties and responsibilities will be delegated to the following designates:

  • Senior Automation Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automation Technician







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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