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Controls and Automation Engineer

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Supply Chain
Covington, TN
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Controls and Automation Engineer

Covington, TN

Love ice cream and making a difference on a daily basis? Want to be part of a winning team that literally manufactures happiness? Unilever-Covington might just be the place for you! Located in the heart of west Tennessee, the Covington, TN site is the largest ice cream manufacturer in North America. The Covington factory is a 24/7, fast paced work environment where no day is the same as the one before. We achieve goals through collaborative cross functional teams and encourage a strong family environment. The site’s rich history dates back to 1996 when it made Slimfast and since the transition to ice cream in 2011, continues to foster a deep passion for delighting consumers through all of its ice cream brands including Breyers, Klondike, Good Humor and Popsicle. We are committed to developing leaders equipped to handle challenges across the company and growth is not only encouraged but expected.

Background & Purpose of the Job

The Controls and Automation Engineer will be responsible for supporting computer systems, including software, hardware and networks. Responsibilities will include troubleshooting, implementing changes, driving to root cause of issues, implementing new tools using digital solutions and identifying improvements.  

·You’re a change maker: You will leverage new digital tools to drive sustainable changes in the areas of responsibility.

·You are inquisitive, resourceful and eager to Learn: You do not accept the norm, you are looking for opportunities to improve current designs needed beyond lead time and cost – how can you design a part that improves line efficiency, operation and functionality.

·You’re a born leader: You are the leader of change bringing others on the journey with you. You take pride in the facility, equipment and the driving Covington to greatness.

·You’re a dot connector: You are a part of many different groups and touch the work plans of many teams. You will connect the dots to build relationships and work with the Covington team in providing solutions with your knowledge. Taking and sharing best practice and thinking, bringing it into your work. 

·You love to win, and have fun doing it: You will have the opportunity to do things that have never been done before. You will work on a wide variety of projects and with varied groups and teams. You will have the opportunity to see in very short time scales big wins and add value across the business.

Core Responsibilities

·Active participation in Covington projects for supporting software, hardware and network upgrades. 

·Responsible for coordinating the Cyber Security initiative for Covington.

·Lead all network upgrade activities in Covington. Attend weekly calls and give weekly updates to stake holders.

·Work closely with other Controls and Automation Engineers on PLC and Control Logix programming, Servos, VFD and hardware.In addition, the Controls and Automation Engineer will work with the Engineering and Focused Improvement Teams to implement new digital tools using SQL, Power Apps and Power BI.

What You'll Need to Succeed:

·Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, software engineering, computer engineering or related field

·2-5 years of industrial experience

·Proficient with MS Office, Allen Bradley RSLogix 5000, SQL Database, VMware virtual environment administration, Networking IT supportexperience including phone, printer, servers, and wi-fi

·Proactive, resourceful & highly motivated with good communication skills and ability to work in high output environment.

·Strong fundamental knowledge of control and electrical system design and its application in automated industrial designs 

·Critical thinking with exceptional problem-solving skills, able to work independently and in team environments.

·Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously

·Desire to learn and make a difference!

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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.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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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