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Director, Automation Services

Company: CALTROL INC
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

The person who thrives in this role will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to develop and be part of a well-respected engineering team while overseeing daily operations and activities of engineers and project managers for project(s) ranging in size from $50K to $2M+. Along with ensuring overall profitability of projects, this person may also provide engineering and technical support for projects.

The Director, Automation Services will be responsible for managing / executing projects and leading a group of engineers and project managers responsible for delivering capital projects. The Director, Automation Services will also oversee Lifecycle Service engineers in supporting install-base customers. The individual will be responsible for overseeing quoting, tracking and scheduling preventative maintenance contracts, on-demand services, both scheduled and emergency, system upgrades, and small system / process additions. The individual will give day-to-day direction to the control system technicians and support them from a technical perspective. The individual will be responsible for delivering projects on schedule and within budget while engaging customers and engineering team members across multiple functions.

Responsibilities -

Responsible for project execution and management of a team of engineering disciplines and project managers that provide oversight for the initiation, design, construction, commissioning and operational start-up of automation and MES systems (Primary focus on DeltaV DCS and Syncade MES)

Oversee and manage entire project staff including engineers, technicians and administrative support

Ensures that project delivery methodologies, project management processes/principles and project management tools are utilized to achieve project goals. Owns the key project management business processes and improves and simplify these processes continuously

Partners proactively with key customers and to develop and execute capital projects that support business objectives

Delivers successful projects, effectively balancing scope, cost and schedule

Provides guidance, direction and advice to project managers with respect to actions or decisions related to changes in project scope, schedule and cost

Manages the project controls function in support of projects at multiple site locations

Analyzes and reviews the project funnel forecast and other planning tools to assess resource requirements and help determine project manager staffing assignments

Develops a strategy for best matching staff talent and competency to business needs

Conduct internal reviews to determine program staffing to ensure technical skills are paired with technical needs at the appropriate time

Provide support in presenting proposals to potential clients and negotiate terms

Partner with Business Development and finalize business proposals, ensuring contract conditions minimize Caltrol risk

Provides feedback and guidance to project managers and engineers on professional development and performance. Mentors and assists individual staff in achieving their annual development goals.

Qualifications -

B.S. in Engineering or equivalent is required.

Minimum of 10 years’ experience in engineering project management or equivalent, including at least 3-5 years in a management role

Direct experience with project management and project planning.

Strong leadership and client relations skills are essential.

Professional Project Management membership and accreditation by Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP) is a plus.

Experience working with pharmaceutical/biotech manufacturing processes highly desirable

PE, Certification in project management (i.e. PMP certification), and / or MBA is highly desirable

Strong technical leadership, collaboration, and sound business value-based prioritization and problem-solving skills. Excellent interpersonal, leadership and conflict resolution skills will be required, as the role works frequently in a resource challenged and schedule sensitive environment.

Special knowledge requirements include a solid understanding of cGMP requirements.

Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate ideas, goals, and results to various audiences. Must deliver effective presentations to senior management both internally and externally

Proven ability, capacity and aptitude with planning, organizing, supervising, coordinating technical work and obtaining cooperation from others (must be able to build rapport with project staff).

Understanding of Earned Value and other project controls methods as they pertain to the pharmaceutical, biotech or life sciences industry.

Creative problem-solving skills.

Requires ability to mentor, coach and develop staff at various levels of seniority and project management experience.

Fully capable of managing work, setting objectives and meeting commitments, and is an excellent team player

PC literacy required (MS Office - Word, Project, Excel)

Pharmaceuticals

Biotechnology

Other considerations

Developing and tracking project schedules and budgets

Tracking both cost and schedule performance

Developing project plans

Tracking project risks and developing mitigation plans

Providing project status to both internal management and external customers

Developing project estimates and proposals - both cost and technical volumes

Ensuring the projects are following good engineering processes

Participating in continuous process improvement efforts

Frequent communication with Leadership

Developing Technical Roadmaps

Performing employee performance reviews and making merit recommendations

Managing engineering headcount plans

Keywords: CALTROL INC, Irvine , Director, Automation Services, Other , Irvine, California

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