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Newell Brands Leader, Automation Engineering in Wichita, Kansas

Job Title: Leader, Automation Engineering

Location: Wichita, KS

General Responsibility

The Leader, Automation Engineering will play a key role in supporting the global automation strategy by using their experience ideating and implementing innovative robotic automation solutions in support of our Global Automation Strategy. Responsibilities include designing, building, testing, and implementing solutions that are productive and safe to operate as well as economical to purchase and maintain. This position reports to the site Manager, Automation and is matrixed into the Global Automation team. This position requires collaboration with site resources and relevant center Automation experts to support the deployment of robotic / automation systems to mitigate our labor risk. Responsibility is to assist site in achieving their Automation productivity goals and to ensure all deployed equipment is compliant with corporate standards with the intent of improving safety, quality, and productivity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

· Assist in standing up automation projects using innovative manufacturing concepts focused on process improvement

· Responsible for the design, quotation, installation, and commissioning of automation projects, with a successful pass off and launch partnership with Operations

· Review and critique product designs for cost and manufacturability

· Examine and assess the business case and tradeoffs of using new innovative manufacturing concepts

· Assess manufacturing processes for the feasibility of use of collaborative and industrial robot applications

· Create, compile, and document requirements for automated solutions, including hardware and software dependencies and requirements

· Recommend physical changes to manufacturing facility to support equipment installation

· Assist in soliciting quotations, qualifying suppliers, and selecting equipment vendors

· Pilot and debug robotic manufacturing processes for production-based environments

· Support the installation of robotic and automation solutions

· Facilitate project management with integrators

· Manage projects to ensure on time and on budget delivery

· Drive to attain productivity goals and achieve targets

· Identify training needs of the automation and operations team and develop training plans

· Provide coaching and constructive feedback to create success within the team

· Communicate clearly and effectively with cross functional teams to ensure alignment and success of projects

· Collaborate with Safety and Operations professionals to ensure successful management of change

· Manage and direct the activities of on shift Automation Technicians

Minimum Qualifications

· Bachelor’s Degree in Robotics Engineering, Controls, or Mechanical Engineering

· 3+ years of experience in a related field.

· 2+ years of experience using robotic simulation programs (Fanuc RoboGuide preferred) for design and simulation

· 1+ years of experience using 3D CAD software (SolidWorks, AutoCAD) for design and simulation of ancillary tooling

Preferred Qualifications

· Background and knowledge in automated manufacturing systems

· Industrial and collaborative robot experience with associated peripheral equipment (vision systems, force gauges, end of arm tooling options, safety accommodations, etc.)

· Experience with design and implementation of safety systems in robotic applications

· 2D & 3D CAD skills such as floor layouts and tooling designs

· Familiar with PLC programming (Allen Bradley/Siemens)

· Ability to create prototypes and simulations utilizing Fanuc RoboGuide software

· Fanuc robot programming skills including integration of ancillary equipment and devices

· Excellent communication skills, able to explain automation concepts well


Must work effectively in a fast-paced team and matrixed plant environment. Must clearly communicate business goals so associates understand how they contribute to the organization's success. Priority of the plant is to meet existing manufacturing demands as the environment transitions to a LEAN / PEAK environment. An adaptive and flexible approach is a factor for success.


_Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Rubbermaid, Sharpie, Graco, Coleman, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Yankee Candle, Paper Mate, FoodSaver, Dymo, EXPO, Elmer’s, Oster, NUK, Spontex and Campingaz. We are focused on delighting consumers by lighting up everyday moments.