CY Partners


Head of Automation (Pharmaceutical Engineering)

Ref: 135

22 May 2024
Belgium, Europe

Competitive salary 

Do you crave a challenge in a dynamic, global company?

Are you an automation mastermind with a passion for innovation?

My client is looking for a passionate and experienced Head of Automation to join their fast growing and innovative company in Belgium. They are a world leader in machines for injectable drugs, specifically within the cutting-edge cell and gene therapy sector. 


In this leadership role, you’ll head up the automation department, overseeing production, life cycle management, and development of new equipment. You’ll be responsible for: 

  • Driving innovation by developing new equipment, defining automation architectures, and managing budgets.
  • Managing all aspects of the automation lifecycle, including design, implementation, and maintenance. 
  • Managing software configurations, troubleshooting issues and mitigating outdated components.
  • Collaborating with colleagues for seamless equipment integration and standardisation. 
  • Leading a team of engineers through the entire project lifecycle, from development to after sales support.
  • Supporting sales with technical expertise and managing client requested changes.


As a Head of Automation, you will need the following qualifications:

  • Minimum master’s degree in Engineering (or equivalent).
  • Extensive experience in developing machine automation within a regulated environment like pharmaceuticals. 
  • Experience with robots, Rockwell automation, B+R, Siemens PLCs, and Zenon supervision (a plus).
  • Fluent in English. French and German are a plus.
  • Proven track record in team management. Strong leadership qualities, empowering your team while ensuring quality and deadlines are met.
  • A meticulous, organised, and business orientated approach. 
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills with clients, internal partners, and your team.


My client offers a competitive salary and a permanent position in a dynamic and rewarding environment. If you're ready to take your automation expertise to the next level, apply online or contact Umul Ahmed at CY Partners on 0203 745 5729 or


Key words: Automation Engineer, Automation, Engineering, Pharmaceutical Automation, Machine Automation, Robotics, Rockwell automation, B+R Siemens PLCs, Zenon, SCADA systems, Belgium


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