Full-Time

Director of Automation

Challenge Manufacturing

Challenge Manufacturing

1,001-5,000 employees

Employee-owned supplier of automotive metal assemblies

Automotive & Transportation

Senior, Expert

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5+ years of experience in manufacturing industries with a strong focus on automation and controls design
  • BSME with 10 years of industry and engineering experience preferred
  • 5 years of minimum experience in engineering management preferred
  • Experience in development of distributed, networked control systems, especially Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions
  • Lean or six sigma experiences (green or black belt certified preferred)
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to automotive assembly or joining
  • Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to travel up to 30% of the time
  • Ability to work well with others in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable, and team-oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment
Responsibilities
  • Review vendor automation systems specifications / scope documentation and validate systems design with Integrator
  • Standardize automation systems
  • Initiate and lead automation systems obsolescence conversions
  • Create, automation sequence of operation, process flow diagram, and ensure design meets requirement
  • Design/overview system layouts, schematics, and control devices
  • Drive the right technology choices for automation and present the technology roadmap for both immediate and long-term growth
  • Combine deep process engineering understanding and machine learning capability to create scalable controls and manufacturing solutions
  • Take the business problems and derive to a technology solution that may encompass one or more products and services, ensuring it aligns with business objectives and fits into the technology roadmap of the organization
  • Responsible for the development of the standard software and hardware architecture(s) for all automation projects and will work with multiple teams for coordinated implementation
  • Develop and implement the manufacturing vision, strategy/technology roadmap that supports the convergence of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Mobilize leadership to develop and prioritize digital transformation roadmap across functions (Operations, R&D, Quality, Planning, and Logistics)
  • Lead and drive implementation of Industry 4.0 / IIoT solutions including taking the lead on technical design, development, and validation of a variety of IIoT proof-of-concept use-cases
  • Manage automation group, process control, manufacturing execution system (MES) and resources according to corporate strategies, standards, and specifications
  • Continuously improve the operation, driving innovation, including the utilization of new technology and automation with effective utilization of capital and return on investment
  • Develop strategic operating procedures that support business objectives and evaluate new or improved operating methods, technology, equipment, facility design, and layout
  • Exhibit leadership qualities that move the business forward through the collective talents and efforts of self and others
  • Demonstrate data as a strategic asset within respective business functions
  • Coordinate and prioritize digitalization initiatives across the operations business

Challenge Manufacturing

Challenge Manufacturing

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Challenge Manufacturing, a leading global supplier of complex assemblies and engineered metal formed products to the automotive industry, stands out for its employee-centric culture and competitive advantage. The company's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) fosters a collaborative and teamwork-oriented environment, allowing its team members to share in the company's success, which has led to its ranking as the 40th largest ESOP Company in the US in 2017. With a commitment to safety, ownership, and teamwork, Challenge Manufacturing provides job security, fair treatment, competitive wages, and opportunities for career growth, making it an attractive workplace in its industry.

Company Stage

N/A

Total Funding

$100M

Headquarters

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Founded

1981

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

6%

1 year growth

31%

2 year growth

40%