IT and Automation Manager | Collins McNicholas

IT and Automation Manager

  • Reference: CJ44666
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Location: Cork
  • Category: Information Technology

IT and Automation Manager 

The IT Manager will report directly to the Engineering Manager but will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team on site. 

Role Objective:

  • To propose, implement and control the Site’s Information System
  • To recommend the organisational solutions enabling optimising the Site’s Information Systems
  • To manage and develop employees
  • To ensure the co-ordination, research and implementation of manufacturing Operations Systems projects through optimising all of the resources at his/her disposal and respecting deadlines
  • To be able to make proposals on the development of the Information Systems to facilitate the optimisation of the expertise of the plant
  • Liaise and accountable for Manufacturing Operations IT long term Strategic delivery to site leadership team
  • Participate, Influence and implement global IT strategies that deliver business efficiency, growth and enhancements


1. Control the projects portfolio of the site, involving the manufacturing operations information systems

  • By managing the projects portfolio
  • Formalization, validation and prioritization of needs
  • Co-ordination of cross functional project steering committees
  • Collaboration with key business stakeholders on IT strategies to support the business needs
  • Liaise with global IT infrastructure and Manufacturing Operation teams on delivery of projects and participate in strategic direction
  • Focus on process continuous improvement that delivers increased operational efficiency and agility for the business
  • Responsible for ensuring Manufacturing Operational continuity through reliable system delivery, management and co-ordination with global teams
  • Adherence to standard policy and worldwide regulatory compliance practices
  • Participate in business planning and investment prioritization delivering a focused approach for the business
  • By being able to make proposals on the development of the Manufacturing Operations information systems
  • By organizing and planning the work of the teams on the projects

2. To ensure the monitoring of operational technological developments

  • By keeping informed of developments in the market, regarding organization and information systems.
  • By advising the Site Management regarding Information Systems and Automation Systems.
  • By proposing developments in the information systems integrating the organization and operation of the site.

3. To develop the control of the information system by/from site

  • By ensuring the use quality of the Information System
  • By determining the actions (training, organization, modification of tools..)
  • By validating the process owner users.
  • By ensuring their succession (succession plan).
  • By making accessible any data that should be accessible
  • By making operational a standard function of the software
  • By contributing to the definition of the decision support information necessary for the Site 
  • By having a sufficient management and operational knowledge of the ERP, Manufacturing Operation Systems and laboratory systems

4. Manage Operation and Investment budgets accordingly


  • Relevant 3rd level IT qualification (Pharmaceuticals experience an advantage) 


  • 5 years relevant Manufacturing industry experience. Exposure to FDA, HPRA, GMP, 21CFR11, safety and environmental legislation
  • Project Management experience: Proven record of cross functional project delivery.
  • Ability to manage and develop employees
  • 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.
  • Technologies: Microsoft Systems platforms, EMC Storage, SQL and Oracle DBMS, VMWare Virtualisation, Cisco Layer 2/3 Networking an advantage.

Primary Location

: Ireland-Munster-Cork


: Yes, 10 % of the Time



For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Karen Collins on 021 4911064 or email

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