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  • Automation Project Manager

    City US-IL-Minooka | US-IL-Wilmington | US-IN-Lebanon | US-GA-McDonough
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  • Overview

    The Automation Project Manager is site lead for the Automation projects by planning, executing and supervising the implementation of new or changed automated material handling systems. Supervises, directs and motivates the project team during planning, estimating, design, installation, start up, commissioning, turnover and warranty of assigned projects. Ensures customer satisfaction during and at final project completion. Primarily involves two areas of automation: Project Management Construction/Commissioning/Startup and Training/Processes/Maintenance and Operations.


    Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Execute the projects in a leadership role based on all defined requirements – scope, schedule and budget.
    • Surface and resolve commercial and technical issues during all phases of the project.
    • Ensure quality work completed by vendors.
    • Ensure all equipment and designs meets industry safety standards.
    • Ensure site is prepared for execution of automated facility management
    • Ensure proper training is achieved for each discipline
    • Proper KPI and SOP


     Include the following. Other duties as assigned.

    • Utilize engineering principles to design, develop, document and lead cross functional matrix teams to implement automated equipment and processes into USCS Distribution Centers.
    • Work with teams to develop drawings, assessments, cost plans, project tracking, EHS assessments, risk assessments, technical specifications, scope documents, etc.
    • Meet agreed upon delivery dates of automation projects.
    • Assist management and staff with vendor selection and equipment analysis, reviewing specifications and making recommendations for selection.
    • An understanding of Control and Software philosophies for automated material handling systems is preferred. Collaborate with project team to optimize implementation of automation in the sites.
    • Participate in ROI development to evaluate accuracy of the cost estimate and automation fit for Distribution Center profile. Follows up with appropriate management to assure understanding and satisfaction of job scope.
    • Develop and submit specifications and bid packages as required. Acquire quotes, requisitions and purchase orders.  Manage costs, timelines, resources contracts and quality of implement services and equipment to ensure projects are on-time, within budget, and meet requirements.
    • Collaborate with all involved departments (IT, Engineering, Operations, Safety, Finance), vendors, consultants and engineers to create effective, sound project teams.
    • Safety is paramount with familiarity with safe work practices in automated. Insure safety is part of every component of automation from the construction and implementation, to the ongoing execution and maintenance.
    • Manages the development of the project plans, and holds individuals accountable to executing against agreed upon tasks. Ensure plan will successfully deliver projects that satisfy internal and external requirements
    • Develop communication plans and processes with all functional departments affected by assigned projects.
    • Prepares or oversees preparation of engineering reports. Utilizes financial and monthly forecasting to manage and contain costs. Utilizes financial and monthly forecasting tools and works with other team members to monitor, manage and control costs. Prepares or oversees preparation of progress billings, pursues timely payments from the customer and authorizes payments to material suppliers and subcontractors.
    • Participates in job site final walk thru and manages the completion of all close out documentation such as As-Built drawings and system operating instructions, transfers or excess materials, billings, collections and payments, and all project records.
    • Ensure the site is taking ownership of the Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) schedule.
    • Drive automation improvement projects.
    • Build a strong relationship with the management team of the Distribution Center.
    • Drive and build upon continuous improvement through team and documentation.
    • Interact courteously and professionally with clients, other engineers, managers, subcontractors, and other communications as assigned.
    • Must be capable of generating thorough and comprehensive reports with computer skills including MS Office and MS Project.



    • Maintain a professional manner in appearance and communications at all times.
    • Participate in staff and/or customer meetings if required.


    Safety, Housekeeping, Security

    • Safety glasses, seat belts, and ID badges must be worn if associates are on forklifts.
    • Follow posted security procedures at all times while in the building.
    • Maintain a clean, neat and orderly work/lunch room area.
    • Safety, Sanitation, and       Security : Maintain a       clean, neat and       orderly area. Assist in maintaining the security of the warehouse. Conduct operations in a manner, which promotes safety.
    • Required to attend Ammonia Training Class yearly.


    Responsibility and Authority

    • Initiate action to prevent the occurrence of any non-conformities relating to product, process, and quality systems.      
    • Identify and record any issues relating to product, processes and/or quality.
    • Initiate, recommend, or provide solutions through appropriate channels.
    • Verify the implementation of solutions.
    • Responsible to substitute for Maintenance Supervisor when not available with respect to routine maintenance, operations and emergency response under direction of facility management.


    The requirements  that  an  individual  must  absolutely  posses  to  perform  the  essential  functions  of  the  job :

    • Knowledge of in hydraulicspneumaticsprogrammable logic controllerselectrical circuits, electrical machinery and human-machine interfaces.
    • Capable of operating forklifts and their attachments.
    • Have good arithmetic skills.
    • Be able to read.
    • Capable of following verbal and written instructions.
    • Available to work various shifts.
    • Capable of standing and walking extended periods of time.
    • Pass written and driving forklift exam.
    • Understand and follow company policy as stated in the employee handbook.



    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below are representative of the qualifications required to successfully perform each essential duty. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

    Education:                               BS degree preferred, in Engineering, Supply Chain, or Business

     Experience:                             -3+ years of project management experience, preferably within automated material handling and logistics applications.

           -Experience in leading projects from inception to conclusion.

    -Ability to manage more than one project in various sizes and complexities, for retrofit and Greenfield applications

                -Ability to communicate clearly, both written and orally

    -Ability to schedule own tasks and handle all facets of assigned projects independently and with minimal supervision

    -Proficient in written and oral presentation, in writing and presenting technical documents, in explaining technical concepts tailored to the audience.

    -Project Management software experience: MS Project or related software preferred.

               -Strong financial and quantitative analysis highly preferred.

               -Must be able to analyze, prioritize projects and be a self-starter.                             


    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described below are representative of those required of an individual performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 

    • Stand, walk; use hands and feet to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear.
    • Use of scanners, telephones, and warehouse machinery.
    • The employee must be capable of occasionally lifting a minimum of 75 lbs.
    • Work longer hours as needed to satisfy customer and USCS daily and seasonal requirements.
    • Drive a registered motor vehicle to satisfy daily requirements.
    • Able to lift and move product above head.
    • Have acceptable and / or correctable vision.


    WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


    • Work in an atmosphere range of + 50 to - 30 degrees F.
    • The noise level in the work area is usually moderate to high.
    • Personal interaction and communication required to and from other people is extremely high.
    • Daily workflow is fast paced, dependent on daily and seasonal customer and USCS company requirements.



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