Director, Controls Engineer

Richmond, VA).


About this vacancy

For our international client, we are currently searching for a Director, Controls Engineer.

Job description

The Director of Controls Engineering oversees the Controls Engineering department. This position insures project completion on schedule. The position also works with the Sales Team on special projects (i.e., ones that require new machines to be designated or ones that require change to previous designs).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must satisfactorily perform each essential duty. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • Cooperate closely with Director Mechanical Engineering BPA in the Application Engineering and Engineering phase.
  • Cooperate with Service Manager BluePrint Automation for all Service and Aftermarket related topics that require Controls Engineering.
  • Establish and lead a Controls Engineering group coherent with budget and growth.
  • Generate technical concepts, layouts, technical calculations and cost calculations.
  • Develop code standards and standard code modules across the Controls Engineering team.
  • Assure high quality in the testing phase.
  • Makes customer site visits as necessary to help solve in field issues.
  • Develop and improve all controls engineering related processes in close cooperation with Controls Engineering BluePrint Automation.
  • Continuous process improvements, best practices development, and education activities for all Controls Engineering related areas.10. High awareness of client satisfaction level and client needs.
  • Support lessons learned meetings with team members after completion of programs/projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position functions semi-autonomously, or with supervision. Position directly supervises 10 employees. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Accountability Level Description:
Plans projects, considering budget and workforce; selects people; delegates tasks and responsibilities to others; provides coaching and feedback; rewards and motivates; builds relationships with others at all levels within the organization; makes time available for subordinates (at both leaders' and employees' request); gets results through others; responsible for success of direct reports and for the team overall; visibly demonstrates integrity.
Function Specific Competencies:

  • Employee Development - Encourages employees to do an honest assessment of their job responsibilities and determine where they may have skill shortfalls or skills not being fully utilized. Endorses employees' attendance at classes and activities that support BluePrint's objectives, development plans, and goals. Discusses what employees learned in classes and support the integration of new ideas/methods into their work responsibilities.
  • Delegation - Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; broadly shares both responsibility and accountability; tends to trust people to perform; lets direct reports finish their own work.
  • Planning - Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
  • Conflict Management - Steps up to conflict, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
  • Customer Focus - Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains trust and respect.

Physical Requirements:
Constantly (60%-100%) Sitting Walking Standing, Stooping, Bending
Infrequently (15-50%) Carrying/Lifting up to 40 lbs
Infrequently (15-50%) Able to work in a warehouse like environment; cement floors, loud noises, and frequent distractions

This functional description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position. Each employee will be required to follow any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.


With its three legal entities in the Americas, our client is a privately held company with outstanding financial and market performance. Being market leader in some very important segments of food packaging automation our client looks back to a successful history of 35 years and is a much respected partner in the industry.

Candidate profile

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Computer Science or related field and 10 years of experience in a manufacturing or engineering environment that involves motion controls and robotic experience preferably in the packaging automation industry. However, a combination of experience and/or education will be taken into consideration.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct and manage resources, make decisions, solve problem, exercise good judgment and flexibility and maintain budgets and schedule.
  • Demonstrated ability to program motion control systems and robotic machines.
  • Proactively monitor internal resources to ensure application lead times are coherent with existing capacities and capabilities. Strong understanding of the design of complex packaging automation machinery.
  • Strong understanding of robotic and PLC programming (Ladder and structured text).
  • Strong understanding of the current application platforms: AB and/or Elau.
  • Strong understanding of mechanical robotic setups and upstream and downstream equipment.
  • Strong understanding in code standardization and modularization.
  • Ability to interact with clients from project initiation through the entire development and manufacturing process.
  • High result orientation and cost sensitivity.
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering development process utilizing CAD or related engineering software techniques.
  • Knowledge of PLC and software development.
  • Highly developed customer and goal orientation.
  • Hands on mentality, leading by example.

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