In early 2022 Unispace acquired BioPharma Engineering (BPE) to further develop its passion to support the Life Sciences industry with market-leading design engineering, project management, and workplace/lab consultancy. At Unispace Life Sciences they are focused on engaging the most talented and passionate professionals who believe that everyone should work in an environment that inspires productivity, peak performance, and delivers wellbeing. Across their 50+ global studios, they have a positive work environment that fosters open, collaborative, and supportive cultures populated by highly independent and motivated people. As one of the leading engineering design and project management firms in the industry, Unispace offers a full complement of services including strategy development, design, and construction of laboratories and workplaces focused on Life Sciences.

BioPharma Engineering is delighted to be recruiting for a global-life science company, based in Cork. This is a 12 month rolling contract, with a competitive hourly rate. This position will be part of the Automation / IT Team on-site and be responsible for the Design, Maintenance and management of Automation systems onsite. The Automation Engineer reports to the Automation Manager. 


  • Supporting the day to day (including ‘out of hours’) operation of site automated systems; by addressing corrective and preventative maintenance requests / actions.
  • Working & collaborating proactively within the site teams’ structure to support operations through addressing issues, investigations, NC and CAPA closure(s).
  • Ownership of complex automation control system issues.
  • Support the maintenance of the site automation inventory, software back-up & user management processes.
  • Project Management of small to medium sized automation projects through conception, design, planning, approval, execution, validation, and delivery.
  • Create & maintain Specifications and Procedures to ensure systems align with industry standards.
  • Represent Automation / Engineering on Site Initiative / Continuous Improvement (CI) Teams, Programs and Projects.
  • Author, review and approve changes to Quality records (Investigations / Change Controls), Procedures and Specifications relating to automation system(s).
  • Complete automation design reviews associated with equipment change / acquisition.



  • 4-year Automation Engineering / Advanced Degree and / or master’s in Engineering or Life Sciences.
  • Experience in engineering in Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry supporting manufacturing (quality, process development, manufacturing, & clinical manufacturing).
  • Experience in executing engineering projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Experience of code changes and software engineering related activities including GMP qualification experience.
  • Proficient in a range of PLC control systems, primarily Siemens Controllers (Simatic S5 to S7-1500) and Rockwell (AB ControlLogix 5570 /5573)
  • Proficient in the use of Operating systems primarily Windows, Virtual Severs VMWare vSphere
  • Proficient with industrial DCS, SCADA systems, WinCC, Flexible and FT Studio View
  • Demonstrate expertise in the use of industrial communications – ProfiNET, ProfiBUS, ASiBus, Modbus RS485/ TCP/IP, OPC DA/UA
  • Experience with IT/OT Networking – Historian & Reporting Applications (Prophicy Historian / DreamReports,)
  • Experience with FANUC Robots an advantage  


Apply for this Job

* Required

resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)