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IT Automation Specialist

Date: Oct 5, 2021

Location: Ottawa, ON, CA

Company: BWX Technologies

BWXT Medical Ltd. provides its customers, who conduct life-saving medical procedures for patients around the world, the benefit of decades of experience in the development, manufacturing, packaging and delivery of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Kanata, Ontario, BWXT Medical Ltd. employs over 150 highly-skilled people in Kanata and Vancouver, British Columbia. BWXT Medical Ltd. is part of the BWXT nuclear power segment (NPG) of BWX Technologies, Inc.


We are recruiting for an IT Automation Specialist for our facility in Kanata, Ontario.


The IT Automation Specialist job is an experienced role supporting BWXT Medical's business unit. It is responsible for overseeing IT’s role in the development and integration of new and existing automation systems supporting the company’s efforts to optimize and expand its automation footprint. The job coordinates with engineering, manufacturing and quality to lead the IT contribution for the execution of automation projects which will streamline operations, reduce production costs and improve product. Design, build and deploy mission-critical automation systems in a highly regulated, process-oriented environment.


  • Reporting to the Senior IT Manager, Nuclear Power Group
  • Position does not have formal direct report relationships
  • The position may act as a “working lead”, involving significant technical and functional activities in addition to project leadership of other IT staff as automation projects require
  • Ability to negotiate complex issues with stakeholders having cross functional interests and competing priorities
  • Communication with external automation vendors for technical and design reviews


  • Act as an IT SME for enterprise-wide automation projects; coordinate team members from the various segments of the IT organization (infrastructure, applications, cyber, client services) during project execution.
  • Assist in the identification of automation and digitization opportunities in the business; craft innovative and practical solutions for their realization.
  • Assist in the development and execution of test plans and related documentation.
  • Participate in technical reviews of solutions proposed by external automation vendors and during internal design efforts.
  • Actively coordinate, troubleshoot, and drive resolution of automation issues affecting production or the business; determine the technical, interfacing and operational requirements to resolve issues.
  • Lead, mentor and develop other technical IT staff in automation technologies, methods and implementations to promote knowledge sharing within the team.


  • Bachelor degree in computer science, information systems, or engineering.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on enterprise-wide automation implementations especially in a manufacturing environment.
  • Technically fluent in automation, robotics, data acquisition and control systems.
  • Programming skills in languages such as C#, SQL and Java, or similar.
  • Experience in practical application of advanced concepts in analytics, IoT, big data, cloud, AI and machine learning.
  • Fully conversant with software and system design lifecycles, the V-model, and able to coordinate and generate the necessary documentation for system validation in a GMP environment.
  • Able to design, develop, troubleshoot and technically support business-critical automation systems and integrations, as well as provide technical guidance to IT support staff.
  • Project management and technical leadership capabilities for short as well as multi-month projects.
  • Able to work in a time-sensitive, high-pressure environment for problem resolution within tight timelines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications. Able to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with a keen attention to detail.
  • Leadership skills and ability to negotiate complex issues with stakeholders having cross functional interests and competing priorities.
  • Strong knowledge of system and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies.
  • Experience working in environments under strict formal design and change processes.
  • Knowledge of regulatory issues and requirements associated with IT systems supporting the manufacture of medical isotopes, radiopharmaceuticals, and/or medical devices is considered an asset.

BWXT Medical Ltd. embraces diversity of thought, values individuality, encourages new perspectives and provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended or any other category protected by federal law.

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