Director of Process Automation

Naperville, IL, USA


$150k-$200k, DOE

Director of Process Automation

Company Information

  • Foods manufacturer with 78 locations worldwide is hiring for a Director of Process of Automation due to growth and expansion
  • Full Relocation assistance will be provided


  • Set up of automation department and organization.
  • Manage Engineering Manager responsible for design and selection of control systems of larger processing plants (PLC, Networking, DCS And SCADA).
  • Prepare the control strategy for NA plants
  • Study current machines, utility designs, and layout to find opportunities for process and/or engineering improvements through automation.
  • Develop automation and control project objectives by reviewing project proposals and plans and align with stakeholders.
  • Prepare automation and control project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends and recommend actions.
  • Provide support and direction to Maintenance personnel who are managing field activities.
  • Provide strategic project management services to the operating departments. Provide ongoing support for Plant Operations, including advances in automation, servo control, robotics, and the application of sensor technology.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • BS/BA is required, ideally in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related. Masters, MBA is strongly preferred.
  • 10-15+ years of engineering, controls, automation experience in a manufacturing setting is required; prefer industry related experience such as: consumer products, foods, snacks, high-speed packaging, or other closely related food / cpg manufacturing environments
  • Automation and controls engineering experience is required, prefer capital projects, robotics, high-speed packaging equipment, project engineering management and related
  • Thorough knowledge of TPM is preferred.
  • Strategic level director experience managing multiple sites
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good planning and priority setting skills.

Note: To comply with state laws, the annual base salary range for this position has been provided as a guideline. The final salary offer will be determined based on factors such as work experience, education/training, key skills, and other considerations.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the US. Hiring company is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.