Leader, Controls Engineering

The J. M. Smucker Company - Longmont, CO (30+ days ago)3.9

For more than 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has brought families together to share memorable meals and moments. Guided by a vision to engage, delight, and inspire consumers through trusted food and beverage brands that bring joy throughout their lives, Smucker has grown to be a well-respected North American marketer and manufacturer with a balanced portfolio of leading and emerging, on-trend brands. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's ®, Folgers ®, Jif ®, Dunkin’ Donuts ®, Crisco ®, Café Bustelo ®, R.W. Knudsen Family ®, Sahale Snacks®, Smucker's ® Uncrustables ®, Robin Hood ®, and Bick’s ®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Rachael RayTM Nutrish®, Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and Nature’s Recipe® . The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about our Company, visit jmsmucker.com .


Leader, Controls Engineering


Longmont, Colorado

~ A comprehensive relocation package may be available


Department Manager


The Controls Engineering Leader will actively participate in the overall Longmont Uncrustables Plant start-up. Although a resource for the plant, this individual will provide key leadership with regard to power and control systems, equipment specification and maintenance, proper operation, technician development, troubleshooting and repair to achieve or exceed reliability targets within a specific department (Bakery or Sandwich Making). Throughout the plant start-up process as well as in ongoing operations, this role has responsibility for systems optimization, compliance, personnel safety and technician skill development relative to plant electrical power and process control systems.


Serves as primary administrator and troubleshooter for plant power and control systems and is a key member of plant technical leadership
Builds and maintains a sustainable system for plant E&I skill development; Coaches the area E&I Coordinator on skill assessment and development of operating and E&I technicians within the department; Works with the site Controls Engineering Manager to build and maintain sustainable process and machine control onboarding and ongoing development systems for plant Process Engineers, Interns and Area Leaders
Works with the site Controls Engineering Manager to develop power and control standards and ensure application of the standards in their area of responsibility
Knows, communicates, and ensures technician compliance to local and national regulator codes (NFPA 70, NFPA 70e, NFPA 79 and OSHA 1910); Is also responsible for ensuring equipment and safe practice compliance in their area of responsibility
Responsible for validation of the MES data from PLC into Proficy; Support plant PEs in conditioning PLC data to accommodate effective data analysis including application development
Owns the validity and ongoing system for maintaining the site sustainability metering equipment (power monitors and usage flow meters); Owns using the power monitoring data and developing plans to reduce overall consumption and costs
Provides expertise in the design and implementation of machine control and process automation applications, such as: control strategies, HMI design, MES applications and KPI development
Works with site Controls Engineering Manager, department management and technicians to identify losses, and develop plans and strategies to eliminate them, in the areas of safety, quality, reliability and cost
Owns parts or whole Key Elements for systems related to power and control system such as electrical safety (LOTO, Electrical PPE, Energized work permits, low voltage qualification, etc.) and Quality/CCP compliance (checkweighers, metal detectors, vision systems, ingredient flows, temperatures, etc.)
Works closely with engineering and operations leaders on selection and installation/start-up of new equipment; Becomes the technical expert on new equipment and ensures the training of others with regard to control systems
Serves as project manager for initiatives ranging from E&I focused projects to complete capital projects
Provides power and controls engineering support on capital initiatives in their area of responsibility
Provides support throughout other parts of the plant as needed on a daily basis
Learns and applies advance control, simulation and process modeling technologies to analyze and improve overall process and packaging operations



A Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, or equivalent work experience, is required

At least 3 years of relevant controls experience is required
At least 2 years of experience leading, supervising, or managing others is required
At least 2 years of manufacturing experience is preferred
Mechanical and electrical experience in food manufacturing is preferred

Ability to effectively engage, lead, and build capability on the floor
Ability to work and manage within a team environment
Strong knowledge of machine and/or process control hardware, instrumentation and software including Allen Bradley PLC and Rockwell FactoryTalk platforms
Working knowledge of NFPA and OSHA guidelines related to electrical equipment and practices
Understanding of technical systems and terminology
Experience learning and integrating new technologies
Experience leading the installation of equipment in food manufacturing environment
Demonstrated results in manufacturing maintenance utilizing maintenance systems
Experience with plant systems software (Proficy, Project Management, eAM, etc.)
Self-motivated and able to motivate others
Strong organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
Effective presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Suite applications
Some travel may be required for plant start up
Willingness to work off-shifts or weekends as needed
Willingness to relocate for future opportunities