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Port Newark, NJ, United States

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Join our Global Engineering Team at our Port Newark Facility
AAK has been Making Better Happen for 150 years.
Everything AAK does is about Making Better Happen within the Chocolate & Confectionary, Bakery, Dairy, Candles, Plant-Based Foods, Special Nutrition, Foodservice and Personal Care industries. AAK specializes in plant-based and organic oils that are sourced sustainably. AAK innovates new formulas and provides ingredients to major manufacturers to make chocolate silkier, plant-based burgers juicer, bakery products and pizza crusts flakier and crisper, candles burn better.
At the heart of AAK is our Passionate, Collaborative, Accountable and Agile team Making Better Happen. We are innovating and manufacturing ingredients for food products that people love to consume, candles, personal care products like lotions and lip balms, even infant nutrition formula and adult specialty nutrition drinks.
Sustainability is at the heart of our purpose and embedded in all parts of the AAK value chain. We call this “Making Better Happen – from plant to brand” and this is reflected in our updated framework for sustainability – the House of Sustainability.
Join our 3,900 colleagues throughout the world who are dedicated to Making Better Happen with diversity and inclusion, community relations and environmental responsibility.
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We are currently seeking an Automation Engineer for our Port Newark manufacturing facility. The Automation Engineer is responsible for developing functional specifications for capital projects, implementing PLC programs, integration, and commissioning at the manufacturing sites in the US.
Responsible for setting standards for equipment, software, and instrumentation for each of the facilities, training and supporting the onsite instrumentation technicians.
Reporting to the US Director of Engineering, working cross functionally with operations, maintenance, and IT, the Automation Engineering will be responsible for the design, development, and operational success of the automation portfolio within AAK USA.
Will work with key system integrators on the deployment of automation solutions, including GE Fanuc, Allen Bradley PLC’s, Cimplicity and Wonderware HMI’s, Conveyers, and robotics. Will assist the engineering team to create and present automated solutions. Challenge is to integrate and maintain world class automated solutions while managing the integrator relationships and meeting the business needs, both efficiently and on budget.
  • Develop functional specifications leading to programming PLC logic for capital projects and process changes and improvements across all facilities
  • Supervise and support the Installation and programming of temperature/ pressure and flow instruments for capital projects.
  • Work with IT team to protect our control systems form external influence
  • Create and manage revision control for all the companies control systems
  • Design control panels: design and implement controls upgrades
  • Install and troubleshoot motor controls, VFDs, and Soft-Starts.
  • Audit, update and maintain all documentation for the automation systems within the facilities creating panel P&IDs and ladder logic diagrams, etc.
  • Map all control systems and clearly document current state and future strategies
  • Execute work in a safe and expedient manner according to the following priorities:
    • Execution of capital and maintenance projects.
    • Emergency corrective maintenance either on site or remotely to support on site Instrument technicians
    • Audit preventive/ predictive maintenance
  • Provide practical solutions to operations/ controls / IT problems.
  • Scope, estimate and execute all automation capital / maintenance projects along with maintenance manager/ project managers/ operations, etc.  
  • Train other employees considering their needs and company needs. 
  • Oversee the work by contractors as required on site to assure safe and quality performance.
  • Look for opportunities to help work get done safer, faster and more cost effective.
  • Participate in company activities such as Safety Committee, Audit committees, employee task forces, etc.
  • Specifying new technologies and run trials to prove effectiveness.
  • Assist in the planning and direction of strategic improvements to keep plant process controls up to date using current best practice and latest technologies.
  • Develop and maintain the site calibration system for all sites to meet all current standards. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing/Controls Engineering, or Computer Science.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with automated control systems within a high volume manufacturing operation.
  • Must have extensive experience in PLC’s, HMI’s, and SCADA
  • Control systems and related, including:
    • Siemens: S5 & S7
    • Allen-Bradley
    • Wonderware
    • SQL
    • C/C++
    • Servos, VFD’s, and related
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the US, now and in the future, without sponsorship 
AAK promotes a diverse and inclusive workplace and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, veteran status and any class of discrimination under state and federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment.
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