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Job Title: Automation Manager
Location: Waterloo, Iowa
Salary: $95-120K plus bonus
 
Job Summary of the Automation Manager: The Automation Manager is responsible for for leading process improvement/automation efforts in Assembly and Manufacturing (production) areas.  This position is responsible for managing process improvement projects to increase efficiencies throughout production cells.
Job Responsibilities of the Automation Manager:
•    Responsible for obtaining quote requests for capital expenditures.  
•    Responsible for creating and maintaining process documentation to ensure proper methods of manufacturing.  
•    The Automation Manager must be a results-oriented change agent who is an effective business systems thinker (able to see the big picture) while managing risk and ambiguity on each project.  
•    Will assist with product/process design with new/existing manufacturing processes and methods.  
•    Responsible for training assistance on operations and preventative maintenance of installed equipment.   
•    Ability to interact with individuals throughout the company, as well as individuals external to the company.  
•    Must be computer proficient and must fully understand software applications necessary for the successful completion of their job functions.  
•    Leads and manages production process improvement projects.
•    Stay current and up-to-date on all future technologies utilized.
•    Collaborate with Process Improvement Committee to select process improvement projects that align with strategic direction.
•    Responsible for programming different programmable controllers/machines used in the manufacturing processes.  This includes but is not limited to PLC’s, robots, CNC machines, inspection equipment, etc. 
•    Determine the feasibility of production improvement projects to ensure return on investment by reducing labor and/or materials yet maintaining the ability to produce a quality product. 
•    Maintains manufacturing-related documentation/information including but not limited to schematics, instructions, cell layouts, prints, etc.
•    Upon completion of process improvement projects, ensure improved processes are integrated with other business activities, projects, and documentation.  
•    Support and comply with ISO 9001, IATF 16949, and ISO 14001 requirements to ensure continued certification to international standards.
•    Stay abreast of government requirements and regulations (EPA, OSHA, etc.) to ensure that cells, systems, and equipment are in compliance with established standards.
Education & Experience of the Automation Manager: 
•    A Bachelor’s Degree in a related technical field preferred.
•    5-8 years of project management and/or technical experience is desired.  
•    Project Management skills necessary to ensure projects perform within scope, budget and schedule.
•    Must be knowledgeable and experienced in industrial engineering and manufacturing processes, having practical applications in automation, PLC programming, robotics, robotic programming, OSHA standards, electrical/pneumatic controls, etc.  
•    Must be competent in data analysis, cost analysis, and problem-solving techniques. Statistical models may be used to conduct thorough data analysis with reliance on facts and data to make solid business decisions.  
•    Ability to create procedures, instructions, diagrams, etc. and train personnel who will operate/maintain newly installed or modified equipment according to approved procedures.  
•    Ability to ensure production processes are meeting goals for safety, efficiency, reliability and capability.
•    Ability to develop and use systems/software to organize and keep track of work progress.
•    Must be able to work cooperatively with others to produce innovative solutions.
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