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Automation Program Lead

Company: Kraft-Heinz
Location: Champaign
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

General information

All posting locations: Champaign, Illinois, United States of America, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Garland, Texas, United States of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Date Published: 29-Feb-2024

Ref #: R-77182

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Onsite

Description & Requirements

Here at Kraft Heinz, we grow our people to grow our business, because we believe that great people make great companies. When you join our table, you can expect access to an array of holistic wellness benefits* and perks, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 7% 401(k) matching, Business Resource Groups (BRGs) to help foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all employees, an industry-leading total rewards package that emphasizes a high discretionary bonus.

*Benefits begin 30 days after hire for hourly employees, and immediately upon hire for salaried employees.

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Automation Program Lead at a glance...

Are you ready to take your engineering career to the next level? We have a great opportunity that will ignite your passion for automation. Join our dynamic team as an Automation Program Lead and embark on a journey that will immerse you in the captivating world of food and beverage manufacturing.

You won't just be a cog in the wheel - you'll be the driving force behind ground-breaking Automation equipment projects from inception to execution. Your ideas and expertise will shape the future of food. Imagine the satisfaction of walking through a production line you automated, knowing that every bottle, box, or package that passes through it bears your mark of excellence.

But that's not all - your journey will be peppered with exciting collaborations. You'll partner with industry-leading vendors to bring projects to life. Picture yourself brainstorming with leaders in automation technology, strategizing with pioneers who share your commitment to innovation.

The scope of your impact is nothing short of impressive, with projects spanning across our 31 North American sites, you'll have the opportunity to make waves on a grand scale. Your work will touch lives, influence processes, and elevate an entire industry - all while gaining unmatched exposure to a wide array of automation technology, projects, challenges, and environments.

So, if you're a trailblazer, a strategic problem solver, and a hands-on enthusiast who wants to own, innovate, and lead, then this role is tailor-made for you. Join us in shaping automation in the food and beverage sector!

What's on the menu?

  • Ownership of the Automation Program: Own the end-to-end automation project lifecycle, from concept, through design and into implementation, ensuring seamless integration of automation into our manufacturing facilities.
  • Innovative Problem Solver: Collaborate with manufacturing and industry experts to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and opportunities for automation, devising inventive solutions that enhance production capabilities, capacity and quality.
  • Technical Expertise: Leverage and grow your understanding of automation technologies in processing, packaging and material movement. Apply specifications and standards for equipment, taking findings from each project, and codifying them for future use.
  • Automation Roadmap: Be part of building the strategic roadmap and funding journey for Manufacturing Automation. Your involvement will include leading onsite ideation workshops to develop project scope, identify technology and ultimately build robust business cases.
  • Team Exposure: Work with a versatile team of engineers, site process / packaging experts and R&D, while fostering a culture of innovation, continuous learning, and high-performance collaboration.
  • Financial Competence: Create budgetary estimates with detailed analysis across multiple fields (manufacturing, process, packaging, process, infrastructure, and utilities) to guide the business towards the best capital investments.
  • Project Management: Collaborate on project design, detailed scopes of work, cost estimates, timelines and bid documentation for capital projects. Lead the ideation and business case phase then partner on development, and implementation of projects. Determine the project structure, resource needs and associated skills to successfully implement.
  • CAPEX: Define and decide the final project budgets and schedules by leading the Capital Appropriations Requests (CARs) submission serving as the speaker and advocate in capital investment committees.
  • Become an Automation SME: Act as resident experts within the Automation equipment field and provide guidance to the broader team on the strategic fit within the manufacturing network.
  • Project Variety: Be responsible for diverse automation initiatives, including designing and deploying pick and place robots for precise packaging, food processing and kitchen systems with integrated CIP systems as well as deploy fleets of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to move our products.

    Recipe for Success - apply now if this sounds like you!

    • 8+ years of manufacturing experience with a track record of project management, implementing new technologies and transformation projects within a manufacturing / packaging setting.
    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering required.
    • Strategic and lateral problem solver with experience to evaluate sophisticated operating models and create and implement innovative solutions.
    • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills with the ability to organize and convey information concisely and in a compelling way to influence decision makers.
    • Strong digital literacy with high proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint. CAD experience preferred.
    • Possess a deep understanding of manufacturing critical metrics and how to impact these.
    • Able to lead a multi-functional team and form strategic partnerships in the face of conflicting priorities.
    • Able to provide mentoring and coaching to seasoned technical leaders / professionals.
    • Are results driven, proactive in identifying root cause and develop innovative solutions.
    • Remain highly flexible and adaptable when faced with ambiguity.

      This position is considered a normal office environment with moderate travel to manufacturing facilities and equipment vendor locations, etc; offices are open workspaces.

      Additionally, this role requires up to 30% travel.

      About Us

      Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We're on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

      Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We're proud of where we've been - and even more thrilled about where we're headed - as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

      Why Us

      We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures - as we work together to lead the future of food.

      Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we're growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

      Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact

Keywords: Kraft-Heinz, Champaign , Automation Program Lead, Other , Champaign, Illinois

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