Automation Group Project Mgr.

PURPOSE:
This position will support the activities of the Company’s 18 manufacturing plants and the design-fabrication shop from the Winchester, VA corporate headquarters by identifying and leading automation projects within those facilities. The individual will serve as the overall Automation Group Manager with direct supervision of engineering resources as well as responsibilities to guide and consult with the manufacturing plants’ engineering teams as they conduct locally led automation projects.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
* Leading the development and management of the Company’s overall Automation Initiative.
* Develop and maintain a portfolio or road map of corporate and plant projects to ensure a continuous pipeline that addresses current and future needs. These projects will target labor reduction, quality improvement, and capacity increase.
* Management of the Company’s Design and Fabrication Shop Activities.
* Identification of project opportunities, vetting of ideas, and leading/participating in projects from concept to implementation and commissioning.
* Development of Strategic Partnerships to support Automation Initiatives.
* Technical Reviews of Capital Projects and New Process Development for Automation opportunities
* Ownership of Projects from start to finish:
o Engineering: user requirements, engineering specifications, test documents, RFP/RFQ, purchase agreements, acceptance criteria
o Financial: budget development, creation of capital authorization request documents, and execution/tracking of project spending
* Projects may often require independent decision making and exercising of judgment.
* Projects will be for a manufacturing environment and could include: automation/robotic material movement, processing equipment, process control systems, and facility automation systems
* Lead the various stages of the project such as requirements definition, design reviews, vendor selection, factory acceptance tests, site acceptance tests, commissioning and qualification, and process validation
* Previous experience with complying with regulated environments (i.e. OSHA, EPA).
* Support businesses and functions with Proof of Concepts and use-cases
* Experience authoring and reviewing standard operating procedures, on-the-job-trainings, and other controlled documents.
* Coordinates meetings with stakeholders as required, generates agenda and minutes, maintains project calendars

 

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Will supervise salaried employees in the assigned department or on a project basis. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employee; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required:

 

Education, Experience and Skills
* 4 year Engineering degree or equivalent practical experience
* 8-10 years as an engineer in an industrial environment
* At least 5 years of implementing automation projects, including robotics, in an industrial setting
* Completion of a variety of automation/robotics projects in an industrial setting
* Industry knowledge such as vendor contacts, common methods, terminology, an a breadth of knowledge both technical and non-technical, for a variety of end uses
* Demonstrated project management/leadership roles with complete project ownership
* Experience managing internal maintenance staff and external contractors on a project basis
* Candidates should be highly energized and self-motivated with experience working with teams to implement change and be adept at communicating with all levels to get everyone on board.
* Controls experience is preferred.