Senior Automation Project Engineer

Senior Automation Project Engineer
Our Mission
At Novartis, our mission is to discover new medicines that will save lives. The best scientists on the planet need cutting-edge, state-of-the-art automation and computing systems. We’re building an organization to deliver just that. How can you help?

The Position
Come build the future of Laboratory Automation at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. The Lab Informatics and Automation team is in the process of building a dynamic team capable of bringing cutting edge technologies and automation solutions to NIBR scientists. We need top-notch automation professionals to deliver the systems and tools we use to discover new medicines. It’s critical work – our systems are constantly improving our research infrastructure. That growth is going to continue – you’ll be responsible for fostering an environment that allows us to continually develop and innovate.

Responsibilities include:
• Managing, planning, developing, and executing laboratory automation projects from idea through implementation
• Ensuring all projects are delivered on time, on budget and with a high level of quality
• Identifying custom engineered solution opportunities and leading the development & management of such projects, including: project scope, feasibility, technical & functional specifications, problem solving, and project deliverables
• Participatation in process validation activities, change control, and performing feasibility studies prior to the formalization of a project
• Planning and tracking, scoping, budgeting, and maintaining quality and specified functionality in alignment with key business stakeholders
• Maintaining effective oral and written communication to Portfolio Management, project team leader, sponsor, and affected business unit(s) as appropriate
• Document and maintain project work plans, meetings, decisions, work change orders, project deliverables, progress reports, schedules, cost tracking and other pertinent reports
• In conjunction with NIBR’s Sourcing group, prepare RFQs/RFPs, and support vendor selection process in collaboration with end-users/scientists
• Work effectively with multi-disciplined groups and individuals to develop solutions that reflect operational efficiencies in terms of throughput, service delivery, costs, as well as health, safety and environmental considerations
The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
• An MS degree (or BS with 10+ years experience) in an engineering or science discipline with extensive experience in laboratory automation and drug discovery processes
• Strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills required to interact effectively between scientific staff, customers, key stakeholders, and vendors
• Experience in custom engineered solution delivery, including: electro-mechanical design and general machining knowledge (milling, lathe, table saw, drill press, 3D printing, etc.)
• Experience in cell and tissue culture, high-throughput screening, assay development, and other laboratory workflows a plus
• Minimum 6-8 years of demonstrated experience in capital project management or product development, including contract and vendor management. (PMI training a plus)
• Experience working with major solution providers in the laboratory automation arena
• Strong computer skills, including: MS Office, Project, Visio, & CAD (preferably SolidWorks)
• Experience with laboratory automation control software (LabView, Thermo Momentum, Tecan EvoWare, etc.) or simulation modeling software (ExtendSIM) a plus
Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time