Engineer 5 - Principal Automation Manufacturing

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Date: Feb 24, 2024

Location: Lakewood, CO, US

Company: Terumo BCT, Inc.

Requisition ID:  31523  


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, our 7,000+ global associates proud to come to work each day, knowing that what we do impacts the lives of patients around the world.


We make medical devices and related products that are used to collect, separate, manufacture and process various components of blood and cells. With our innovative technologies and service offerings, we touch a patient’s life every second of every day and are committed to continuing to increase the number of patients we serve.


With some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, an unmatched global footprint, comprehensive benefits and a distinct culture, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a great place to work, grow and be part of a team that is focused on making a difference. Consider joining our team and unlock your potential. 

As a Principal Automation Engineer you will play a pivotal role in revolutionizing healthcare technology. As a key leader, you will drive the development and implementation of cutting-edge automation solutions that enhance the efficiency and precision of our medical device manufacturing processes. Bring your expertise to the forefront, overseeing the design and optimization of automated systems, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards, and collaborating with cross-functional teams to deliver high-quality, life-saving products. This role offers a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact on the future of healthcare, pushing the boundaries of innovation while enjoying a collaborative and supportive work environment. If you are a well experienced automation engineer with a passion for advancing medical technology, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of healthcare delivery.



  • Leads and is accountable for projects and drives data-based results.
  • Lead teams, initiatives and support for highly automated manufacturing work cells that produces parts on a 24/7 basis.  
  • Guides the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives.
  • Directs one or more major phases of complex engineering work, utilizing engineering skills to devise entirely new approaches to problems encountered in projects.
  • Work with global engineering teams to drive continuous improvement projects and improve the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) across manufacturing lines.
  • Develops new processes that have a significant impact on multiple disciplines.
  • Contributes to the establishment of business objectives, goals, budgets, and costs as requested.
  • Presents complex technical information/analysis and responds to questions from technical staff members and management regularly and effectively.
  • Mentors less experienced engineers.
  • Provides broad-based direction for subordinates and colleagues within functional area and cross functionally.
  • Applies technical expertise to complex tasks with in-depth knowledge of related work areas.
  • Employs in-depth knowledge of cross functional and related technical areas, applying knowledge to other areas.
  • Displays accessibility and sought out for consultation on a broad range of complex technical and industry issues engineering staff and management.
  • Works on complex issues where analysis requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Keeps updated on recent technical advances within the industry and applies this knowledge to products and processes.



  • Work may include directing technicians and junior engineers.
  • May work with manufacturing and other functional groups on manufacturing and regulatory compliance issues.
  • May contribute to the establishment of business objectives, goals, budgets and costs.
  • Assesses schedule requirements and plans for a comprehensive solution to complex interdisciplinary issues I projects.
  • Acts as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) where skill sets make it appropriate.





  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job may be considered.
  • Bachelor of Science degree or Master of Science degree in Engineering preferred.



  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in a hands-on role designing, developing and implementing complex automation solutions for manufacturing.  Additionally, in an FDA regulated environment.  Experience must include new equipment documentation, process and equipment validations, and continuous improvement identification and implementation.
  • Two years of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) experience required.
  • Must have familiarization with engineering methods, independent thinking, and company practices and policies.



  • Requires demonstrated skills in technical innovation, technical Leadership, mechanical or chemical engineering, fluids engineering, and cellular biology.
  • Requires demonstrated skills in PLC, HMI, robots, cameras, RFID systems, including troubleshooting and programming on Automated manufacturing equipment.
  • Must be an expert in Allen-Bradley PLCs and HMIs as well as other robotic systems with a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot complex control system problems, improve production yields, define specifications for new systems, controls systems (reading and writing ladder logic), mechanical re-design and training operators and technical staff.
  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis tools for process analysis and process characterization: Statistical Process Control (SPC Infinity QS), Design of Experiments (DOE· MiniTab), Computer Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS- Blue Mountain.
  • Demonstrated interactive skills in, cross functional participation and influence, mentoring and acceptance of guidance, technical leadership, project management, coordination with cross functional team member, team behavior, and support for subordinates, junior engineers, technicians, and management.
  • Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on projects. Interacts with senior level external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.
  • Follows and develops technical specification requirements and provides significant input on technical procedures on various processes that impact multiple disciplines.
  • Knowledge and ability to implement FDA or regulatory requirements as necessary.
  • Driver for acquiring resources and building consensus across products.
  • Solicits and accepts the ideas of others, as well as actively contributes to an environment conducive to open communication.
  • Regularly and effectively presents complex technical information/analysis and responds to questions from technical staff members and management.
  • Understanding of and adherence to GMP practices and FDA regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and use of relevant PC software applications and skills to use them effectively.



An equivalent competency level acquired through a variation of these qualifications may be considered.



Typical Office Environment requirements include reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, traverse, bending, sitting, and occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


Target Pay Range:  $143,500.00 to $179,300.00  -  Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data
Target Bonus on Base:  20.0%


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, we provide competitive total reward offerings that consist of compensation, benefits, recognition, along with a wealth of other well-being, work-life and recognition programs which support in unlocking the potential for you and your family. Included in our expansive list of benefits offerings are multiple group medical, dental and vision plans, a robust wellness program, life insurance and disability coverages, also a variety of voluntary programs such as group accident, hospital indemnity, critical illness, pet insurance and much more. To help you save for retirement, we offer a 401(k) plan with a matching contribution and for work-life balance we have vacation and sick time programs for associates. For us, it’s about protecting the personal welfare of our associates and their families, helping to achieve personal goals and offering those extra touches for convenience, security and overall peace of mind.


  • Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is part of Terumo Group, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In 2019, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies reached $1 billion in revenue.
  • We employ nearly 7,000 associates globally, with global headquarters in Lakewood, CO, U.S., and regional headquarters in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.
  • We manufacture devices, disposable sets and solutions at our facilities in Belgium, India, Japan, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Vietnam. Our global presence enables us to serve customers in more than 130 countries.
  • Our core values help set our direction, guide our actions and keep us true to our corporate mission of contributing to society through healthcare.
    • Respect – Appreciative of others
    • Integrity – Guided by our mission
    • Care – Empathetic to patients
    • Quality – Committed to excellence
    • Creativity – Striving for innovation
  • We contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising $1.3 million USD since 2007.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.


Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure working environment. Our Colorado campus locations are tobacco-free workplaces, and we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and detailed background verification.

Nearest Major Market: Denver

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