Sr. Automation Engineer

Technical Operations San Diego, CA


About Pacira

Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. Our in-depth knowledge of non-opioid pain management, coupled with our passion for advancing patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results.

Why work with us?

Rarely do you have an opportunity to do work that really matters. What drives us is our mission. What makes us successful are our people.  At Pacira, you are part of an inclusive culture that fosters collaboration, growth, and innovative thinking - a place where you can make an impact and help change the standard of care in non-opioid pain management. Be part of our movement, let’s pursue excellence together.

‚Äč The purpose of this position is to plan and execute automation/controls projects from concept to final closeout in support of site objectives. This position assumes responsibility as the technical owner of various automation and manufacturing systems and applies available resources to manage them.


  • Engineer and manage medium to large process control system/equipment improvement, optimization, expansion, and upgrade projects to meet site objectives.
  • Engineer and manage new process control/automation projects from the concept to commissioning and validation
  • Provide moderate to advance technical assistance to site operating groups through investigations, control system assessments, and design support.
  • Assist in the preparation and execution of the Validation Qualification protocols related to automated and control systems.
  • Provides technical and non-technical feedback to validation personnel for the successful qualification of systems.
  • Help to troubleshoot and diagnose Control system complex problems, working closely with Control System/Instrumentation Technicians and maintenance personnel
  • Update and develop User Requirement Specifications, Functional Specifications, Design Specifications, Operation and Maintenance Manuals for the new and existing control systems
  • Work closely with IT groups as a cross-functional team member to meet automation project objectives.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • May have supervisory responsibility.


  • The incumbent works closely with all functional areas and directly with the commercial team.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Controls or Mechanical Engineering Degree (BSEE or BSME) from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 10 years of hands-on experience with process controls equipment including PLCs, HMIs, SCADA systems, SQL relational database systems, and Networking including design and debugging skills.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the pharmaceutical environment including regulatory requirements associated with 21 CFR Part 11 and supporting validation of control system equipment.
  • Wonderware and Siemens Apogee BMS experience preferred.  Hands-on experience with Windows Servers hardware and Microsoft Windows - applications.
  • Extensive cross-functional team experience, including technical and non-technical work.
  • Recognized as a technical expert by peers and other personnel within the business unit.
  • Successful track record of managing wide-ranging activities within the business unit. Demonstrates independent project management skills to successfully deliver automation projects to completion

EEO Statement

Pacira is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), veteran status, disability or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

At Pacira we are committed to intentionally cultivating a culture of inclusion where all feel welcomed and valued for their background, perspectives, and experiences. We hold one another accountable to promote trust and transparency in support of our communities and collective purpose.