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AbbVie IT & Automation Manager m/f/d in Ludwigshafen, Germany

IT & Automation Manager m/f/d

Germany, Rhinland-Palatinate, Ludwigshafen

1 additional location

Germany, Rhinland-Palatinate

Information Technology

Requisition # 1906130

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 30,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.

We are looking for our site in Ludwigshafen/ Germany for a

IT & Automation Manager m/f/d

The IT & Automation Manager will report directly to the Site Director and will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team on site. The successful candidate will provide technical leadership and business process alignment through the delivery and maintaining of Manufacturing Operational information and Automation systems, in addition to liaising (working) with Global Enterprise applications and Infrastructure services team ensuring successful delivery of the site’s infrastructure information systems. The successful candidate would sustain, improve operations and execute projects in a fast paced, multi-disciplined, cross-functional team environment.


  • Propose, implement and sustain the Site's information and automation systems ensuring delivery of robust sustainable systems solutions that meet business and harmonised enterprise needs.

  • Management of relationship between the business site leadership and global IT organisation ensuring internal customer expectations are met in alignment of enterprise and site strategic roadmaps.

  • Deliver proposals on the development of the information and automation systems to facilitate the optimisation of the expertise of the plant

  • Accountable for IT and automation long term strategic delivery to site leadership team with a 3-5 year vision of execution

  • Provide expert guidance on new technologies and emerging IT & automation trends for process and business reengineering

  • Liaise with Global Enterprise, Infrastructure and Quality system teams ensuring high standards of service delivery and engage to influence continuous improvement opportunities for site operations

  • Ensure security, compliance and data integrity regulatory standards are maintained across all site technology systems

  • Support and provide domain expertise to site on GxP, data integrity, data Security as well as internal & external audits

  • Understand current system design and partner with key stakeholders (Global Manufacturing and Engineering Services, Enterprise Application Services, Quality Systems,Global Automation, Infrastructure Services, and Operations) and site leadership to deliver ‘futureproof’ ideas and solutions to ensure ongoing effective delivery of operations

  • Establish and manage a high performing staff by recruiting, training, coaching and developing employees, communicating job expectations and appraising their performance in support of Abbvie’s Talent philosophy

  • Facilitate internal resources and outside vendors in developing technical solutions for automated equipment. Interface with equipment vendors to ensure successful machine delivery, integration and manufacturing validation

  • Support product, platform and cost improvement programs by delivering qualified vision systems and acquisition software, machine controls and PLC/SCADA software. Interface with SQA, QA and Operations groups to successfully validate software systems,

Education & Experience:

  • Relevant degree in IT, Mechatronics, Electronics, Computer Science or similar

  • 8+ years relevant industry experience Exposure to FDA, HPRA, GMP, 21CFR11, safety and environmental legislation (Experience in the pharmaceutical industry preferred)

  • 5+ years proven track record in delivering IT & automation solutions in similar environment

  • 3+ years + project management experience – proven record of cross functional project delivery

  • 3+ years leadership experience – direct reporting with demonstrated ability to motivate and develop team

  • Systems background: ERP, MES, Data Historian (OSI PI), Chromatography (Empower) and laboratory management systems

  • SCADA/DCS an advantage

  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance, SLC, Compliance and Data Integrity

  • Ability to manage and support manufacturing layer Infrastructure in conjunction with global teams

  • Have the ability to make clear and courageous decisions

  • Be able to influence key stakeholders at site and global level in the company

We Offer .

  • A fantastic opportunity to work in in a world-class team.

  • A supportive environment that allows you to focus on your role and tailor your work to your individual needs, including flexible work models, multiple benefits, and comprehensive health and sports programs.

  • Attractive compensation and company benefits, including our excellent occupational health management system, which is one of the best in Germany.

Your Application

  • We are looking forward to your online application.

  • An equal opportunity employer. AbbVie welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

  • Learn more about AbbVie Deutschland more information about the therapeutic areas in which we’re active.

Additional Information

  • Significant Work Activities and Conditions: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

  • Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

  • Job Type: Experienced

  • Schedule: Full-time

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.