Engineer, Automation Controls


St. Albans, VT, US, 5478

Job Type: 

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

$2,000 New Hire Bonus

Relocation reimbursement packages up to $3,000 for this position!


Position title:  Engineer, Automation


Reporting to:  Manager, Maintenance


Location: St. Albans, VT  


About the role: 

Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.

Key Job Functions:


The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and that additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; or the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

This position is responsible for applying the technological principles needed to provide full life-cycle support of automation systems within our chocolate and cocoa operations. This individual will be involved in developing and designing the concept, testing, installation and monitoring of automation processes. This individual will work with the team to ensure that all applicable project objectives, policies, procedures, state and federal laws, and ISO requirements are met. 


SHIFT HOURS:  Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm


Key responsibilities include: 


  • Accountability for complete project execution including team leadership, control panel engineering, SCADA design, PLC and HMI programming, and site start-up support of integrated systems.
  • Manage project resources, including people, time and budgets to successfully achieve project goals.
  • Accountable for the automation and controls systems design, specification, programming, simulation and testing, and start-up.
  • Program, configure, test, and commission PLC and HMI based control systems.
  • Provide direction and oversee the maintenance of programs for PLCs and PCs coordinating with Process Engineers, Project Engineers, Design Engineers, Information Technology staff, as well as Production and Maintenance personnel.
  • Develop and execute complex process control system integration projects of small to medium size and significant complexity simultaneously.
  • Lead in the project from design to delivery to the end-users. Tasks include writing the design specification, gathering input and validating the deliverables with all stakeholders, coordinating the integrators for the automation and MES application
  • Perform project deliverables independently while adhering to scope, schedule, and budget constraints.
  • Support P&ID process development in conjunction with Automation Controls Techs, Process Engineers and Project Engineers.
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) and provides knowledge and counsel to others.
  • Deliver technical expertise in the bid process.
  • Provide guidance and training to others with less experience through mentoring and project leadership.
  • Oversee the development of controls functional scope for projects, negotiate the scope of projects with site leadership and support the project through the funding approval stage
  • Review proposals of outside vendors regarding the purchase of new or modernization of existing production/processing controls equipment


About you:


  • Minimum B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related technical degree.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of related automation experience with MES, HMI, SCADA, PLC’s, and general control system design.
  • Experience with digital transformation or MES projects, preferred.
  • Experience with Wonderware (Archestra, Intouch, System Platform, Skelta Workflow, Historian), a plus.
  • You are fluent in English. Other languages, a plus.
  • In-depth knowledge of industrial automation systems, including HMI and SCADA systems, Allen-Bradley controls/controllers, Siemens and Schneider PLCs, required.
  • Experience with Allen-Bradley (ControlLogix, CompactLogix, PLC5, SLC500) PLCs, PanelView/PanelviewPlus HMIs, Industrial Communication Networks (Ethernet, EthenetI/P, DeviceNet, etc.), required.
  • Experience with FactoryTalk Suite, and VisualBasic/C#/Java, a plus.
  • Proficient with AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical or other related electrical CAD systems such as EPlan, required.
  • Ability to lead a team and accomplish project goals effectively.
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Team-oriented and collaborative.
  • Creative-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to learn new technologies.
  • Self-motivated.


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.  

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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