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Controls and Automation Engineer

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Supply Chain
Chicago, IL
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Controls and Automation Engineer

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. Reports to Site Technical Manager, Kilbourn.

Who You Are & What You'll Do

  • You're a born leader:  Working directly with the line crews on a daily basis the Controls Engineer also acts as the technical trainer for line teams and provides coaching in phenomena identification, root cause analysis and the establishment of counter-measures. 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 records

  • You're a change makerParticipates 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 connectorParticipates 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.

  • You're a culture and change championValue 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 itOn 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.

  • Experience: 2 + years of Project Engineering in FMCG/ related Industry or 3+ yrs engineering consultancy environment for a total of 5 yrs

  • Experience in leading technical or operations teams (white/blue collar)

  • Project Management experience with electrical / controls and automation systems. 

  • Software / PLC programming expert knowledge


  • Attained Professional Engineer Status (Or member of professional institution)

  • 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

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability


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, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics by federal, state, or local law. For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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