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Director of Process Automation


Woodridge, illinois

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Seeking a Visionary Director of Process Automation for a Global Food Manufacturing Leader

About Us:

Join our expansive journey as we continue to grow and innovate within the food manufacturing industry. With 78 locations worldwide, we're on the hunt for a Director of Process Automation to spearhead our automation initiatives. This role is crucial as we aim to enhance our operational efficiency and productivity through technological advancements. We are committed to supporting your transition with a comprehensive relocation package.

Your Role:

  • Foundational Leadership: Spearhead the establishment of our automation department, setting the stage for cutting-edge practices in process automation.
  • Management and Strategy: Oversee an Engineering Manager dedicated to the design and selection of advanced control systems for our large-scale processing plants, including PLCs, Networking, DCS, and SCADA systems.
  • Innovation and Improvement: Conduct thorough analyses of our current machinery, utilities, and layouts to identify and implement automation opportunities that significantly boost efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Project Excellence: Drive automation projects from conception to completion, coordinating with stakeholders, and ensuring projects align with our strategic goals.
  • Operational Support: Offer strategic guidance and technical support to our Maintenance team, enhancing field operations with the latest in automation, sensor technology, robotics, and servo control.
  • Strategic Project Management: Deliver top-tier project management services across departments, continuously advocating for operational advances and technological integration.


Who You Are:

  • Educational Foundation: You hold a BS/BA in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, with a Master's or MBA highly preferred.
  • Experienced Professional: Bringing 10-15+ years of hands-on experience in engineering, controls, and automation within a manufacturing context, you are well-versed in the dynamics of consumer products, food, snacks, high-speed packaging, or closely related environments.
  • Automation Expert: Your background is rich with automation and controls engineering projects, including capital project management, robotics, and high-speed packaging equipment.
  • Knowledgeable Leader: Your strategic approach to managing multiple sites is backed by a comprehensive understanding of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).
  • Communication and Planning: You possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, alongside adept planning and prioritization abilities.


Join Us:

This is more than a job—it's a career-defining opportunity to lead at the forefront of process automation in a globally recognized food manufacturing powerhouse. If you're ready to make a significant impact through innovation and leadership, we're ready to welcome you.

Military veterans are encouraged to apply, reflecting our commitment to supporting those who have served.

  • Seniority Level

  • Industry

    • Food and Beverage Manufacturing
  • Employment Type

  • Job Functions

    • Engineering
  • Skills

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