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Controls Engineer - Burr Ridge, IL


Burr Ridge, IL, US, 60527


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.



Controls Engineer
Burr Ridge, IL


The Site Controls Engineer has primary responsibility to ensure delivery of, and provide support as the first point of contact for all Factory Controls & IT related Systems following applicable Global/Regional Standards. They will own the Strategy for Controls & IT Asset Health Check Program as well as facilitate/lead the implementation of Factory Controls & IT projects.  Responsibilities include leading and developing the Senior Controls Technicians and Controls Technicians. Additionally, the Controls Engineer directs the modification and installation of control systems; facilitates the transfer of knowledge of control systems and electrical projects; supports the maintaining of controls networks, web servers, data historian and operator interface systems. Key concepts of the role include, but are not limited to, developing control concepts, program design, coding and implementation, instrumentation selection and operator interface development. 


What we are looking for:
Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electrical or Controls Preferred)
• 3 - 5 years Factory Controls & IT experience
• Possess or can obtain Operational Electrical Qualification Certificate (must be able to work independently on live electrical panels)
• Experience in selecting and installation of process instrumentation
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel
• Server Administration Expert
• Virtual Infrastructure Administration knowledge
• Network Architecture knowledge
• Database Administration knowledge
• People management


Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Engineering (Electrical or Controls Preferred)
• 10 - 15 years Factory Controls & IT experience
• MBA, Major in Project Management
• Working/managing at more than one facility 


Key Responsibilities:

Delivery of Factory Control & IT related Services

• Owner of the Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure in assigned area
• Owner of the Automation Roadmap Strategy
• Responsible for Cyber Security Compliance
• Responsible for Implementation of Factory Controls & IT Projects
• Primary Point of Contact for Operations, IE’s, and Engineering Teams responsible for delivery of Factory Controls & IT Initiatives
• Direct the work activities of outside contractors, controls technicians, and other associates with the installation of instrumentation, PLC based control systems, and PC based operator interfaces
• Establish and Monitor KPI’s related to Factory Controls & IT infrastructure, Services and Solutions to include Performance, Availability and Functionality Metrics
• Coordinate with Maintenance Department in order to solve/define Improvements
• Responsible for problem resolution for all Factory Controls & IT infrastructure
• Participate in Regional and Global Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure related Projects
• Ensure Operations on factory premises for Factory Controls & IT Systems (Automation levels 1 to 3)

  • Level 1 Networks
  • Level 2 SCADA PC hardware & OS
  • Level 3 MES / MOM

• Manage Engineering Projects by leading the design of control systems utilizing standardized design methodologies including Sequential Function Charts, Data Flow Diagrams and SAMA Diagrams
• Manage the development and design of new computer applications by preparing system flowcharts, report and screen layouts, source documents, and detailed specifications
• Prepare job aids, user documentation, systems documentation, standard operating procedures, and training materials for plant automation systems
• Act as technical resource to site on controls related issues including troubleshooting, analysis and recommending practical corrective actions for control related problems
• Identify opportunities and recommend changes to improve plant performance
• Use and follow all engineering standards when implementing projects
• Provide input into site engineering standards for programming and systems design
• Gather data and analyze information requirements in preparation for the design of Level I, Level II, Level III, and Factory IT control systems
• Assist in performing programming, testing, and debugging for new systems as well as for the enhancement of existing systems
• Modify/develop and Maintain/Sustain systems including, but limited to, Wonderware, Rockwell, Siemens, Iconics, and Traksys applications to support engineering projects
• Support the introduction to the plant new control technologies for Level I, Level II, Level III, and Factory IT control systems
• Manage the system management and administrative functions for PC and PLC networks, data historians, software version control and web based data display systems.  This includes maintenance, enhancements, procedures development, and troubleshooting.


Provide Strategy for Factory Control & IT Asset Health Check Program
• Inventory, control and purchasing of Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure components, including licensure/certification.
• Recognize current phase of lifecycle for each Infrastructure Solution and Service and prepare appropriate action plan


Business Engagement and Communication
• Expert in Factory Controls & IT, demonstrating clear understanding of the problems and opportunities for business change
• Key contact for all topics related to Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure
• Provide the communication and marketing of Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure Solution and Services to engineering, maintenance, and production
• Constant communication with shift based production and maintenance teams to understand any breakdown or reliability issues
• Responsible for effective use of Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure Services which includes providing trainings, guides and raising awareness of available IT tools and services
• Achieve and maintain a high level of technical competency
• Follow the guidelines and procedures provided by Regional/Global Factory Controls & IT organization 
• Establish and follow KPI’s and Service License Agreements (SLA) for every service provided
• Manage direct reports, which include the Site Senior Controls Techs and Site Controls Techs, including recruiting for the controls team

What can you expect from Mars?
• The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.
• An industry competitive salary and benefits package.
• To be respected and valued.
• The Five Principles at the center of every decision we make.
• The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and impact a better world for generations to come.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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