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Automation Engineer

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Date: Nov 20, 2022

Location: Irwindale, CA, US, CA 91706

Company: Bonduelle

What if your job had a real impact? 

By joining Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-use plant-based food, you are deciding to make a positive and sustainable impact on yourself, others, and the planet. You will play an active part in our mission: "inspire the transition toward a plant-based diet to contribute to people's well-being and planet health". Bonduelle is a family-run company of 14,600 people which provides over 100 countries with vegetables. 

Well established in the United States, our business unit includes 4 production facilities with more than 3,200 associates. We process fresh vegetables, salads and meal solutions with our own brands: Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™. Join us at Bonduelle to start an adventure where people come first and contribute to a better future through plant-based food!

 

Position Summary:

This position will be responsible for identifying and implementing technology to provide automation support to all manufacturing plants. The individual in this position will have a good working knowledge of control system technology (PLC's, HMI's, OI's, etc.) as well as a grounding in the scientific fundamentals and basic principles of systems used in processing and packaging. This position will have responsibility for the development and maintenance of automation/project standards. A solid foundation in the fundamentals of project management will be needed as well. This position will require the individual to manage multiple projects across multiple plants and to take a hands-on approach to design, installations, and troubleshooting. 

 

Operating as part of a team, the Automation Engineer is directly accountable to the Sr. Director of Engineering and supports Engineering, Plant Operations, and Maintenance Teams.

 

What you will Do:

  • Assessing, identifying, and developing automation solutions that support business investments 

  • Understanding and identifying technology solutions that are the best fit for the required solution 

  • Develop cost estimates, schedules, execution and startup budgets and plans for activities 

  • Oversight of OEM's, contractors, and BFA personnel working on controls projects 

  • Documentation of automation/control systems (e.g. block flows, single line diagrams, P&ID's, etc.) 

  • Fundamental project management skills to develop robust timelines and cost estimates for initiatives 

  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders and collaborate cross-functionally 

  • Effectively Interface with Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, and Procurement teams to support current operations and new installations 

  • The position will require travel to BFA facilities as well as vendor and customer locations across North America. Travel is estimated to be 25% - 50% 

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bonduelle Fresh Americas requires its employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, where allowable under the law, unless they are approved for a reasonable accommodation. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you will be required to provide proof of a COVID test on a weekly basis.

  • BS Degree in Engineering

  • 5+ years of experience in hands-on automation engineering and programming experience with PLC / HMI / BMS systems in the manufacturing industry

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in an FDA regulated industry like Food or BioPharma, etc.

  • Minimum 1 year of Automation Management experience over projects or plant personnel

  • Excellent people, team, and verbal / written communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills required

  • Willing to travel extensively to plants as needed

  • Ability to work in a cold refrigerated plant environment

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's in electrical, chemical, or mechanical engineering or Advanced degree

  • Fresh cut Food Produce industry experience.

  • Some documentation and computer system validation experience.

  • Experience with technologies like; PLC -- Rockwell, A/B, Mitsubishi, Modicon, HMI -- Fix32, Operator interface terminals like Panel View, etc.

  • Automation / Controls engineering experience in a system integrator environment 

 

Bonduelle Fresh Americas requires its employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, where allowable under the law, unless they are approved for a reasonable accommodation. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you will be required to provide proof of a COVID test on a weekly basis

 

Bonduelle Fresh Americas is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a workforce that truly reflects our communities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to veterans and individuals with disabilities or special needs during the application process and employment. If you need assistance, please contact us at (626) 856-8686 or bfa-info@bonduelle.com.