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Automation Lead

Job Category:  Engineering
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Montmeló, ES

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  3695

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.


Our lactic acid and derivatives plant In Spain, Montmeló (Barcelona), services all of our markets; Food, Biochemicals and Pharma. This site is labeled as an Innovation Plant within Corbion, meaning that this is often the first location to produce new products and implement new technologies.


In this position, you report into the Engineering Team leader, and your responsibilities for this position will be:

  • Lead a team of internal and external automation engineers.
  • Design, testing, implementation and maintenance of automated devices and machinery in site
  • Design, testing and implementation of automation discipline in CAPEX and Expansion projects
  • Lead expansion and end-of-life strategy in automation infrastructure - expansion & end of life roadmap
  • Lead quality engineering process and delivery of high-quality software
  • Lead goals in the Industry 4.0 implementation
  • Work closely with CAPEX and/or Expansion projects teams to understand the project requirements, review project scopes, define architecture, select automation partner and manage implementation progress
  • Implement automation improvements and help the team to deliver a project on time.
  • Assist maintenance, operations and technology in problem solving technical problems with facility machinery/installations
  • Ensure accomplishment of GMP Quality requirements during all the project design, implementation and delivery.
  • Report well-structured strategies/plans & status for end-of-life projects and expansion projects, including estimation, planning and risk assessment. Clarity in setting priorities considering risks evaluation and providing mitigation measures.
  • Prioritize work and efficient utilization of resources
  • Provide recommendations on new tools and innovations designed to increase the performance and efficiency of the Automation Department.
  • Directly supervision and management of automation partners and consultants
  • Demonstrate Corbion values of Courage, Commitment, Care and Collaboration
  • High safety awareness. Contribution to Safety culture of Corbion


About you


In addition to your educational achievements with an Industrial, Chemical or Automation Engineering background, as the successful candidate for the position of Automation Lead you must also have:


  • >5 years of experience involved in automation in chemical, food or pharma manufacturing environment
  • Experience in industrial automation processes (maintenance and programming), being the following ones the most relevant.
    • PLC Siemens (TIA Portal and STEP7)
    • SCADA Systems Platform from AVEVA
    • InBatch
    • Experience with PLC Beckhoff, Twincat and InControl as a plus
    • Knowledge of industrial infrastructures like virtual environment (vmware),TCP/IP networks and Modbus as a plus
  • Knowledge in regulations related to validation of industrial control systems like GAMPS, CFR 21 part 11, anex 11 UE, GMP’s, etc.
  • Experience in instrumentation and field bus design (Profibus, Profinet)
  • Experience of power & control cabinets & installation design
  • The ability to self-study and quickly learn and punt into practice new topics
  • Abilities for team leadership & team building
  • Experience in installation, erection or/and revamping of installations (automation area)
  • Accustomed to establish relationships with automation & consultant contractors
  • Good command of English (Minimum B2 level)
  • Proactive and autonomous behavior
  • Basic PRL (*) certificate (50 h) (*) Spanish law


About Corbion 

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of € 1070.8 million and has a workforce of over 2400 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.


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