Associate Technical Director, Global Automation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

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Summit West, NJ

Job Description

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Job Overview:

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

The Associate Technical Director, Global Automation - Global MS&T Cell therapy will support the development, Deploy, and support network-based system lifecycles to enable IT/OT Automation integration of enabling technologies to all Cell Therapy manufacturing sites leveraging global and site standards. This role will set user requirements and functional specification for level 1, 2 and 3 control systems, e.g., Delta V, MES, Network, and infrastructure strategies as well as local process control employed by equipment OEMs, to ensure that installed unit operations in Cell Therapy Global Manufacturing plants can be controlled according to our Network automation strategies. The goal of this position is to work with global and internal site IT, MES, and Automation groups to Standardize, prioritize, Deliver, and manage network level initiatives into the Cell Therapy Global Manufacturing network; along with supporting standard MES systems deployment for the CTGM network.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Will support the Cell Therapy Global automation group as the IT/OT integration specialist across the Cell Therapy manufacturing sites
  • Develop, Deploy, and support execution of IT/OT Automation and MES life cycle roadmap for harmonization of platforms across the network, including business processes and best practices.
  • Engage Site automation teams on large projects, augmenting site resources as necessary to deliver major IT/OT Automation and MES builds, validation, and implementation efforts.
  • Coordinate a community of IT/OT Automation experts across the cell therapy sites and drive a network level IT/OT Automation resource utilization strategy.
  • Work with Global and internal site IT, MES, and automation leads to benchmark, create, plan, and deploy automation lifecycle guidance documents and policy that are align with network automation strategies.
  • Develop, Deploy, and support IT/OT Automation and MES lifecycle strategy including identification of opportunities for continuous improvements, operational efficiencies, and system reliability.
  • Harmonize/standardize business processes to enable the use of centrally managed IT/OT Automation and MES solutions across the network
  • Deployment of review by exception, real time review, and other functionality critical to resource efficiency and enhanced TAT.
  • Accountable for functional specification content creation entering the IT build organization. Partner with IT to ensure EBR builds are consistent with FS and are validated in a timely manner.
  • Support the development of the MES Strategy and Process Control integration Strategy
  • Contribute to the integration of MES with external systems such as process control systems (DeltaV, PLC based systems), lab equipment and instruments, and other electronic systems
  • Contribute to development of data gathering systems across sites and products.
  • Provide support of health authority inspections.
  • Interface with Business Process Operations (Supply chain) to ensure Chain of Identity and ERP transactions and bar code scans are in synch with MES.
  • Engage New sites IT/OT Automation and MES startups with level 1 and 2 equipment, network, and systems configuration, and oversight of validation of this system.


  • B.A./B.S. in the life sciences, engineering, or computer science.
  • Leadership skills with 10 plus years in the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry, with at least 5 years of experience focused on automation in GMP environment
  • Subject matter expert in More than one automation, infrastructure and execution systems (Delta V/SCADA, Syncade, MES, EBR, OSI Pi Data historian, networks (design, deployment, and life cycle management), cyber security, virtual farms (design, deployment, and life cycle management) or other similar systems (DCS, MES software and hardware, data historians, QC Labs Instruments.) ideally in a regulated pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • Solid understanding of GMP of clinical and commercial biopharmaceutical and/or cell therapy operations
  • Team player with experience working in cross functional teams.
  • Proven ability to communicate and influence at all levels
  • Proven ability to translate global standards and requirements into site procedures and practices.
  • Project management experience
  • Willing to travel up to 25% to site locations



Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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