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Principal Engineer Automation

Posted Date:  Sep 21, 2022
Requisition Number:  115255

Job Location: Hershey, PA
Note: We will consider remote work as a possibility for these roles with frequent travel.

 

Summary:

 

The Hershey Company is the leading North American manufacturer of quality chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery and chocolate-related grocery products. The company also is a leader in the gum and mint category.  As a leading consumer packaged goods company, our ability to predict and adapt to a complex regulatory environment while executing strategic projects is critical to our continued success. 
 
Reporting to the Director Advanced Technology & Digital Manufacturing, the Principal Engineering Manager Manufacturing Automation is a corporate Engineering role that works closely with cross functional leadership teams to set strategic direction for manufacturing automation solutions and tactical plans for the application implementations, delivery quantifiable business value, establishes strategic partnerships with automation supplier and integrators. The manufacturing automation solution delivery should align with the manufacturing network requirements and the and Digital Factory strategy.  This individual will be responsible for leading our development and implementation of the automation solutions across Hershey’s manufacturing and distribution network sites. In addition, this role will provide thought leadership in the advancement of the Digital Factory-automation strategy via projects developing value cases for new automation technology capabilities within the Digital Factory roadmap. The successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate across all levels of the organization and the ability to effectively manage teams of direct and indirect reports.

  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 
 

Summary of major duties:

Leadership: 
Demonstrated ability to lead a team.  Leadership results are evidenced in the team as shown by members who are motivated, productive, focused, and confident.   Practices personal and team accountability as a leadership trait.  Recognized leader with supplier companies, internal customers, and Engineering disciplines.  Provides direction to team in area of expertise.   Willingness to accept change and to respond at lightning speed to the demands placed by our environment with empathy for all those who are involved.   
 
Business Knowledge: 
Experienced and demonstrated competency in automation technologies, AGV’s AMR’s , Robotics. Robots, Cobots, AR.  Leverage proficiency and knowledge of complex food and refreshment  industry to set strategic direction for manufacturing automation solutions and tactical plans for the system implementation, ultimately identify sound and economical automation  solutions.   
Serve as an organizational representative in external supplier negotiations.   
Demonstrates ability to apply operational understanding to provide sound solutions. Capable of leading the strategic plan to establish automation systems as a standard for continuous improvement within the manufacturing network. 
 
Professionalism: 
Leverages relationships, demonstrates maturity, establishes credibility, and manages with wisdom. 
 
Innovation: 
Identifies comprehensive Leadership opportunities to drive the delivery of our automation strategy automation technology platforms, knowledge transfer and value generation. Exhibits developed leadership judgment associated with new technical solutions and effectively evaluates, communicates, and builds consensus enterprise-wide.  
 
Scope/Scope of Responsibility: 
Leverages’ leadership and engineering knowledge, judgment, creativity, and experience to lead overall Vision and Tactical Plans for our Automation technology platforms. 
Provides leadership direction to cross functional teams in the development of sound implementation alternatives (cost estimates, feasibility, specifications, and interpretation of requirements) and recommendations. 
Provides leadership and accountability for the development and enforcement of our automation solutions standards and best practices. 
Provides leadership & guidance with project teams, and internal/external technical resources to assess opportunities for application of innovative designs, performance improvements, technical advantages, speed to market and capital efficiencies ensuring optimum business value is achieved during capital project activity. 
Partners with key stakeholders and provides technical leadership, direction, and subject matter expertise to Information Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT), Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Supply Chain Quality, Factory Technical Leaders, and other key leadership teams. 
Responsible for the development of our automation technology strategies that deliver enhanced supply chain capabilities. 
Coaches and mentor’s engineers, and other members of the technical community to build technical capability and leadership behaviors consistent with our corporate vision. 

 


Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities: 


Demonstrated ability to develop automation solutions to deliver business value in a practical, effective way. 
Organizational change agent with ability to see beyond current situation and to create a strategy, vision, and road map to advance automation capabilities. 
Demonstrated understanding in the implementation of automation technology and integration within factory operations and employees. 
Working Knowledge of: 
Automation Technology - AGV’s AMR’s, Robotics. Robots, Cobots, AR. 
Automation Integration with Factory Operation 
Automation design for collaboration with Factory Team members 
Integration with Factory IT & OT systems and securities  
Automation Route mapping and mission deployments. 
Strong troubleshooting skills. 
Ability to prioritize, and understand the required business objectives, develop solutions, control schedules, and drive efficient and expedient project executions. 
Possess the appropriate skills to execute projects and other job-related duties from inception to completion. 
Familiarity or previous experience with CI Tools and processes such as Lean, Six Sigma, etc. is preferred to help drive business value and enhance the incumbent’s ability to effectively communicate with the plant reliability, process & quality leads. 
 


Soft Skills: 
The incumbent must possess  
excellent oral and written communication skills.  
innovative and creative problem-solving skills. 
ability and willingness to work in a team environment, leading team direct and indirect reposting team members. 
ability, willingness and demonstrated experience in accomplishing project related responsibilities within critical time restraints to meet corporate objectives.     
Excellent interpersonal skills. 
Must be open to and comfortable with change. 


 
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

 

Education: BS Degree in Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science, Automation Technology

Experience:
 With BS – 7 to 10 years managing manufacturing automation & controls solutions 
Demonstrated experience in automation delivery leadership role, developing and implementing innovative solutions, collaborating with business partners across functions, and delivering within a change management process. 
Demonstrated leadership experience in the implementation of factory automation solutions with integration to factory IT& OT systems. 
Experience in leading/supporting multiple projects is required.   
Experience across all ranges of factory automation technology.

 


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