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Controls and Automation Engineer - R&D

Company: Nestle
Location: Fremont
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Job Description:

Nestle's Research & Development Center is our regional powerhouse driving innovation in food, beverage, and pharmaceutical science. Backed by our global Nestle R&D organization, we lead breakthrough discoveries that are both good for consumers and the planet. Our team of experts range from product developers to engineers, working across our portfolio of food, beverage, infant nutrition, and health science to create leading-edge products and services. As part of our organization, you will use your entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to excellence to unlock the power of food and provide premium value. The Nestle Development Center, Fremont, MI is part of a global network of R&D centers. NDC Fremont is the center of excellence for Nestle Nutrition Infant & Toddler Meals & Drinks, working on both product and process development. The R&D facility includes a 26,000 square foot pilot plant and sits next to the Fremont Factory which is the original Gerber Factory.As a Controls and Automation Engineer, the main responsibilities will be to develop, apply and maintain Operations Technologies (controls, automation, DMO/MES) and Digital Manufacturing knowledge, solutions, and standards for the Nutrition Baby Food category. In addition, you will support the factories in the network with your specific expert knowledge, coach and support Capex project teams and provide Technical Assistance to factories. In this role, you will also be responsible for providing automation support to pilot plant operations.RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify, develop, and validate process control, automation and digital solutions for newly developed processes from experiment to industrialization.
  • Lead the development and improvement of standard process automation packages for Meals and Drinks (M&D) manufacturing lines.
  • Rollout of process control, automation and digital solutions and related efficiency improvement initiatives such as the Connected Factory.
  • Ensure automation, control and MES/DMO standards are implemented in capital investment projects. Support industrialization of new production lines through to commissioning.
  • Provide accurate, timely technical support to pilot plant operations for digital and automation tools.
  • Ensure delivery of technical solutions with full consideration for safety, health and environment.EXPERIENCE:
    • Associate degree and 3+ years' experience in operations in a factory or R&D setting required. Knowledge of food manufacturing processes a plus. Bachelors in Automation, Electrical or Chemical Engineering preferred.
    • Strong automation and controls background. Experience medium voltage electrical power is a plus.
    • Experience on the preferred PLC/HMI platforms (Rockwell / Wonderware/Allen Bradley)
    • Experience in control system application development, commissioning, and maintenance.
    • Comfortable with statistics & the ability to analyze and summarize data and make recommendations.
    • Knowledge of instrument calibration.
    • Experience in using technical software systems and applications.
    • Capability to identify uses cases or opportunities where digital technology will add value. Other Requirements
      • Understands regulatory compliance & with awareness of relevant food regulations.
      • Fluent English, written and oral communication skills.
      • Knowledge and experience in operation technologies.
      • Critical thinking
      • Project management skills, personal networking capabilities and the desire to work in a multidisciplinary team.To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestle. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestle seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you'll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestle home.The Nestle Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.

Keywords: Nestle, Grand Rapids , Controls and Automation Engineer - R&D, Engineering , Fremont, Michigan

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