Manufacturing Systems Engineer
St. Louis, MO - USA
Posted April 12, 2017

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The Manufacturing Systems Engineer is responsible for supporting the manufacturing Operational Technology infrastructure and the sites automation applications used at the St. Louis GMP facility. The role is responsible for supporting the reliable operation of manufacturing networks, servers, databases and automation application within GMP environment on a 24/7 basis.

The right individual will support projects associated with new and existing process installations, including but not limited to design, start-up, commissioning and mechanical/electrical installation.

The primary responsibility of the OT-MSE can be broken down into the following specific activities;

  1. Maintain and monitor manufacturing infrastructure and system to corporate and site policies.
  2. Maintain compliance for software and hardware licensing.
  3. Provide technical leadership and support services for network hardware, Firewalls, Domains & Trusts, VMware, Windows Server, storage, security and Backup solutions for manufacturing systems.
  4. Maintain Active Directory and related network systems.
  5. Develop and implement solutions to improve manufacturing operation, such as establishing trust between manufacturing networks. (security, NTP sync, etc.)
  6. Identify and integrate varied data sources to improve manufacturing visibility.
  7. Maintain network, switches, servers and server Netbackup/restore processes
  8. Install and maintain network, server, storage, security
  9. Develop system monitoring tools for proactive monitoring and alerting of core responsibilities
  10. Identify, isolate and correct network equipment problems
  11. Research and recommend useful technologies
  12. Respond to emergency situations in manufacturing, laboratory or office settings.
  13. Uses process / system knowledge to help lead technical decisions associated with automation, mechanical and electrical fixes throughout GMP/PD processes.
  14. Supports major capital project review.
  15. Understands process equipment control systems, programming and how to implement control systems in a GMP environment.
  16. Leads site automation/controls project planning, execution and maintenance.
  17. Is integrated in the manufacturing support engineering team as automation/OT lead.
Key Requirements
  • Coordinate and participate in LAN/WAN/Windows Server planning activities
  • Coordinate projects with vendors and customers as required
  • Perform configuration and define parameters for installation and testing of LAN/WAN, routers, switches, and other related server and networking equipment
  • Perform configuration, maintenance and testing support for VMware and Windows Servers
  • Use computers, monitoring and testing equipment to determine responsible system performance
  • Understand and implement appropriate communication protocols to collect/archive manufacturing data. ( ie. TCP/IP, OPC, SQL Scripting, etc.)
  • Take corrective action to improve legacy system performance
  • Prepare equipment specifications
  • Prepare standards and guidelines for network implementation
  • Make decisions, based on the professional judgment, experience, and the ethical guidelines of good business practices
  • Assist in special projects as necessary
  • Implement solution to comply with cGMP and DI requirements.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Sciences or related field preferred. Technical degree with proven experience may be considered.
  • 5+ years of experience as a support specialist of infrastructure including desktop, server, networking, and manufacturing equipment in a manufacturing or enterprise environment.
  • VM-Ware ESXi or more recent experience preferred
  • Windows Server 2000 - 2008 experience required, 2012 and above preferred.
  • Cisco switch and firewall experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating IT plans to meet business growth models.
  • Experience in leading the deployment and maintenance of an IT infrastructure system to support manufacturing automation systems.
  • Experience with automation technology like, Rockwell FTView, GE Prificy, Historians, etc.


  • Detailed knowledge of GMP and other pharmaceutical regulations from FDA, EU, ICH and PICs guidelines preferred.
  • Proven ability to form teams and produce desired results through direct reporting.
  • Expert knowledge of LAN infrastructure as it relates to manufacturing processes. troubleshooting, bio-process requirements, best-in-class maintenance practices.
  • Expert knowledge of network and hardware troubleshooting best-in-class maintenance practices.
  • Ability to function in a small team environment, providing a responsive service to internal customers and balance multiple priorities simultaneously.


  • The individual selected for this role must be a logical problem solver, works responsively servicing the users on site
  • The ideal candidate will have both strong interpersonal skills and technical expertise with the ability to make logical decisions after assessing technical situations
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • The individual must be very well organized
  • A balance of flexible customer focused responsiveness and proactivity is required
  • Advanced computer skills with SQL, MS-Excel, MS-Word and MS-Outlook required
  • Understanding of CFP21, especially part 11.
  • A flexible work schedule is required.
  • This role will be based in St. Louis.
  • This job description is not all inclusive, other duties may be performed as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

Position requires ordinary ambulatory skills and physical coordination sufficient to move about office locations; ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch periodically for prolonged periods of time; manipulation (lift, carry, move) of light to medium weights of 10-35 pounds; visual acuity to use a keyboard, computer monitor, operate equipment, and read materials for prolonged periods of time; ability to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear for prolonged periods of time.


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