11 May, 2023

Controls and Automation Engineer

  • Unilever
  • Jonesboro, AR, USA
Controller Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Background & Purpose of the Job

The Controls and Automation Engineer will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of controls and electrical reliability. In addition, this person will drive the site masterplan for electrical systems and controls and automation aligned with the Unilever design teams including end to end execution of site controls/electrical/automation capital investment projects. This position supervises the Controls Technicians across all shifts as well as the IT Specialist. 

The Controls and Automation Engineer will work in direct support of the Digital Factory workstream.  This includes the capture and manipulation of the data derived from the network of PLC’s and other production equipment data sources to identify losses and efficiency improvement opportunities.

Who You Are & What You'll Do

  • You're a born leader:  Working directly with the line crews and Controls Technicians on a daily basis, the Controls Engineer troubleshoots issues related to downtime and efficiency loss. Leads electrical engineering and controls and automation capital projects at the site and ensures corporate standards are followed.  Provides technical expertise and input into reliability issues for factory systems: SCADA, PLC, HMI, DCS, variable speed control, servo-motion control, etc. to maximize plant efficiency and reliability. You are the site expert on electrical and controls and automation systems.  Provides leadership in the management of software modification and optimizing programming, and maintains all related records.
  • You're a change maker: Participates in establishing company-wide best practices and standards for electrical engineering and controls and automation and is responsible for ensuring compliance at local site.  Leads the development of the plant masterplan for electrical systems and controls and automation. Technical resource to the category engineering team for new products and re-stages (innovation and renovation).
  • You're a dot connector: Participates in cross-plant improvement teams. Develop strong partnership with plant manufacturing, corporate engineering and union workforce. Supports root cause analysis on electrical, instrumentation and control issues.  Leads efforts in the Digital Factory strategy and implementation, including Cloud based systems, Internet of Things, and Power BI reporting.
  • You're a culture and change champion: Value engineering; bringing new Ways of Working to the Engineering community in our continued pursuit of the lowest installed cost, while living our core values (Value vs. Values proposition)
  • You love to win, and have fun doing it: On Time In Full (OTIF) end to end delivery of assigned capital projects (typical value <€0.05m) adhering to Unilever standards and ensuring safety as our number 1 priority.

What You'll Need to Succeed:


  • Education: BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent technical degree.
  • 3-5+ years of related engineering experience.
  • Experience in leading technical or operations teams & personnel.
  • Project Management experience with electrical / controls and automation systems. 
  • Allen-Bradley Software / PLC programming expert knowledge.
  • AB HMI with Factory Talk, SE & ME.
  • VFD Programming and Troubleshooting.
  • Robotics, Machine Vision, and Motion Control Skill are a plus.
  • Understanding of Schematics and Electrical Drawings


  • Process and packaging electrical hardware knowledge preferred.
  • First-hand experience delivering major electrical and controls and automation capital projects within Unilever or similar FMCG environment.
  • AB Factory Talk Batch programming knowledge.

What We Can Offer You

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Pay: The pay range for this position is $83,200 to $124,700. Unilever takes into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, qualifications and education, and other business and organizational needs.

Bonus: This position is bonus eligible.

Long-Term Incentive (LTI): This position is LTI eligible.

Benefits: Unilever employees are eligible to participate in our benefits plan. Should the employee choose to participate, they can choose from a range of benefits to include, but is not limited to, health insurance (including prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage), retirement savings benefits, life insurance and disability benefits, parental leave, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, as well as access to numerous voluntary benefits. Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.


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