Principal Engineer - Controls Automation

Date: Mar 30, 2024

Location: US-NY-Rochester, New York, US

Company: Bausch + Lomb

Bausch + Lomb (NYSE/TSX: BLCO) is a leading global eye health company dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world—from the moment of birth through every phase of life. Our mission is simple, yet powerful: helping you see better, to live better. 

Our comprehensive portfolio of over 400 products is fully integrated and built to serve our customers across the full spectrum of their eye health needs throughout their lives. Our iconic brand is built on the deep trust and loyalty of our customers established over our 170-year history. We have a significant global research, development, manufacturing and commercial footprint of approximately 13,000 employees  and a presence in approximately 100 countries , extending our reach to billions of potential customers across the globe. We have long been associated with many of the most significant advances in eye health, and we believe we are well positioned to continue leading the advancement of eye health in the future. 


Position summary

Principal Controls Automation Engineer with technical leadership of Engineering projects and Project Management for new pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing platforms and infrastructure, products, processes and cost improvements.


Key responsibilities

  • Develop automation requirements for PLC / SCADA / MES controls hardware and software automation solutions for state-of-the-art capital projects; develop and implement integrated solutions for product line and/or capacity expansions.
  • Identify new technologies and automated systems that will reduce manufacturing and material costs and improve efficiencies.  Develop business case/justification around potential opportunities for review with leadership.
  • Develop data acquisition and performance measurement tools / techniques to gather and analyze critical data necessary to increase OEE through improved product cost, quality, process capability and manufacturing reliability.
  • Develop and implement isolated OT environments including network topologies and configurations to enable secure manufacturing systems.
  • Facilitate internal and external resources to ensure successful applications development and integration activities through manufacturing validation to established acceptance criteria.
  • Provide technical and controls core competency support to manufacturing operations and engineering within manufacturing sites across multiple business units (Lens Care, Pharma and Surgical).
  • Mentor other engineers in industry best practices, standards development and troubleshooting methodologies.
  • Partner with manufacturing sites to successfully create and implement project schedules and budget in order to meet overall program goals and capital programs.
  • Manage project schedules to ensure work is assigned and completed on time and within budget.  Oversee technical solutions and proactively manage project scope to customer expectations;  manage and approve scope changes.
  • Manage project communications and performance tracking metrics.  Proactively disseminate project information to all stakeholders.



  • Education:  BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.  Advanced degree desired.
  • Experience: Minimum 12 years experience with development, integration and project management of automated high-volume low-cost manufacturing and/or process control systems including PLC’s, HMI’s, SCADA, Historians, motion control, robotics, machine vision, MES and OEE systems software.
  • Experience with Pharmaceutical and/or Medical Device manufacturing with emphasis on Process and Packaging equipment design and operation, OEE improvements, project identification and execution in an Aseptic manufacturing environment highly desired.
  • Strong background with Sterile GMP guidelines, EU standards, Data integrity regulations and GAMP5 validation
  • Special Skills:  Experienced Project Management in the development and deployment of capital assets and systems;  PMI certification a plus.  Self-directed individual must possess excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership and project management skills within a fast-paced, cross-functional team setting.  Demonstrated proficiency in use of Lean Six Sigma Process Excellence tools desirable. 
  • Specialized Training:  Knowledge of industry regulations, software development life cycle methodologies, OT network infrastructures, statistical analysis / solid analytical skills, Microsoft Project, AutoCAD, SQL, PI Historian and industry-leading PLC, HMI and MES platforms.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


As required by New York State's pay transparency bill, Bausch + Lomb provides a good faith minimum and maximum salary range of compensation for roles that can or will be performed, in New York State.  Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location.  For New York State, the range of starting annual base pay for this role is $98,000 - $149,000

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