Global Automation Engineer

Global Automation Engineer

New Century, KS

Upfield is doing everything within its power to keep our employees safe in this challenging time facing COVID-19.  In abundance of caution, Upfield’s Leadership Team has introduced non-invasive temperature checks, face masks, and social distancing for any individuals entering the facilities and within the plant. This action plan is designed to stem the outbreak of COVID-19.

About the Role!

As a member in the Global Engineering organization, you will lead the delivery of the regionally agreed Exco capex program related to automation systems and production applications.

  • Implements and maintains the Global Engineering strategy within the company
  • Support the Americas Lead Engineering Manager in planning and managing project priorities related to automation
  • Supports automation related projects within the region to ensure they are properly planned, executed safely, OTIF, strictly within budget and successfully handed over to the respective Sourcing Unit team
  • Maintains the New Century OT and MES systems including that used for ScMM
  • Carries the responsibility to ensure the delivery of the projects within s/he scope no matter which region via the locally based Global Engineering team, Central Global Engineering or EPCM’s pending the feasibility and urgency of the project
  • Provides input and approval on the capital proposals for the region prior to submission to the Global engineering Director
  • Responsible for ensuring due diligence and compliance of the projects within the region with the Upfield Engineering and QA standards as well as the application of specific local obligations and / or requirements


In addition:

  • Continuously strives to find the latest technologies and methods to improve efficiency, accuracy and productivity of the global Supply Chain assets and Global Engineering organisation
  • Takes personal responsibility for safety and a healthy environment on the projects, and demonstrating this by example
  • Contributes to Leading and developing the engineering talent within the organisation and region
  • Builds durable relationships via procurement with preferred suppliers and contractors to ensure reliability and cost optimisation


Performance Metrics:

  • Safety in Project Execution
  • Strict Budget & Schedule adherence in delivery of projects
  • Engineering Excellence and Quality standards
  • Sustainability & savings impact
  • Customer / Stakeholder Feedback

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ Years in FMCG or related Industry required
  • Fulfilled a variety of automation implementation and integration projects with track record of delivery
  • Project engineering / management experience
  • Carrying the responsibility for project successes and providing strong direction for the teams
  • Excellent communication and co-ordination skills (both verbal and written).
  • Flexibility to travel within North America


About Upfield! 

At Upfield our purpose is clear: we make people healthier and happier with nutritious and delicious, natural, plant-based products that are good for you, our planet; and with packaging that’s free from plastic.  We’ve got iconic brands like Violife, Country Crock, I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter! and Flora that people all over the world know and love. We are the largest plant-based company in the world, and we believe in doing what’s right for our people, our customers, and the planet.

Performance, Passion and Care define who we are as a company, how we work every day, and the responsibility we feel toward our Associates, our consumers, our business partners and our world.