Industrial and Automation Engineer 100% - Fribourg

Location: Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne/Fribourg

Division: Manufacturing/Production

Company: Vifor Pharma

Seniority Level: Specialist

Brice Muller

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About You

We are starting our journey toward manufacturing 4.0 in our Vifor facility in Fribourg. We are looking for a skilled and entrepreneur engineer that will shape our digital future. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a greenfield project that will transform our operating model. 


You will be part of the Production Technical Support within the Manufacturing organization. Your main responsibility will be to lead a project that will connect our heterogeneous park of lab and manufacturing equipment to a secure network.  


Acting as both a project manager and a hands-on engineer, you will:

  • Coordinate and synchronize the Core Services & Infrastructure implementation
  • Participate to operations & the support as well as be part of the Lifecycle Management of the Services, Infrastructure and Equipment
  • Create and maintain an inventory of all production and laboratory equipment prone to be connected to the Vifor Secure Network
  • Define how those equipment will be connected and what data will be extracted
  • Supervise the actual implementation of the connection of the various equipment
  • Put in place and manage a manufacturing data quality repository
  • Ensure compliance to Data integrity standards are respected

For this challenge, we are searching for a dynamic, rigorous and social person bringing the following profile:

  • University degree in Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Automation Engineering or related field required
  • Ideally 5 years experience in a Manufacturing Engineering or Manufacturing support role
  • Previous experience in hardware machine to machine interfaces
  • Knowledge in industrial communication systems (LAN systems, Profibus, Profinet or Can bus)
  • OPC  or OPC - Unified Architecture knowledge a plus
  • Knowledge of the IT networking basics. CCNA certification would be an advantage
  • Familiarity with the IT security concepts (such as, but not limited to : lifecycle management, patch management)
  • Experience in Computer System Validation, ideally in a pharma industry context
  • Proven experience in project management, PMP or Prince2 certification a plus
  • Ability to develop and provide trainings 
  • Ability to manage meetings and stakeholders
  • Strong work ethics
  • Fluent in French and good knowledge of English

You are a pragmatic person who likes to identify and solve problems from the roots. You can contribute to conceptual approaches but also be ready to roll up your sleeves and have a hands-on attitude.  Responsible and methodical, you enjoy taking initiatives and working autonomously. You are creative but pay high attention to details. You have excellent organizational skills and prioritize according to needs. You are an excellent communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills, allowing you to interact with all kind of stakeholders in a multidisciplinary environment. 

About Us

Vifor Pharma Group is a global pharmaceuticals company. It holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma and Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care). Vifor Pharma Group is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348).

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