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Automation Engineer

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Rochester, New York, US, 14606

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 308761 

Job Description

International Fragrances & Flavors Inc (IFF) is looking for an experienced Process Control & Automation (PC&A) Engineer for our Rochester, New York Cultures & Health site, Health & Bioscience division. The Engineer will work as a key team member in the Manufacturing Technology organization in Rochester supporting production operations, continuous improvement, Process Safety Management (PSM) and capital projects.  In this position, the PC&A Engineer’s role is to lead efforts to increase the safety, robustness, and productivity of our manufacturing systems while optimizing production efficiency through process control and technology improvements, in a state-of-the-art mindset.


Core responsibilities – Operations & Project Support (70-100%)

  • Program PLC and troubleshoot Process Control code (Rockwell PLCs and ABB 800xA)
  • Drive Functional Specifications design of specific changes or projects in collaboration with Project / Process Engineers
  • Write and maintain Automation design documents, such as System Architecture, IOs list and Automation hardware BoM (Field hardware as well as Systems core) 
  • Prepare and realize qualification phases for minor changes as well as significant projects involving Automation – FAT / EAT / SAT
  • Design, enhance, implement SCADA systems to create efficient, intuitive, and effective operator HMI (WW Aveva InTouch / OMI and ABB Panel builder / Compact HMI)
  • Management of server-based and client hardware and software systems to maintain Primary control health – including daily monitoring, back-ups, Active Directory Management and Antivirus update
  • Train and daily assist Operations Personnel and Process Engineers in their usage of Control Systems


Other responsibilities – Process Safety Management & Continuous Improvement (0-30%)

  • Participate in PSM program (Process Safety Management): includes participation in PHA (Process Hazard Analysis), MOC (Management of Change) and SIS (Safety Instrumented Systems) management.
  • Maintain and proactively propose improvement solutions for FBN / PCN / OMN networks to increase both efficiency, operations continuity and CyberSecurity
  • Understand, troubleshoot, execute improvements in the future Recipe Manager application (InBatch from WW Aveva)
  • Understand, troubleshoot, execute improvements in the Automated Data Management Systems (OSI PI Historian Software)
  • Maintain and realize changes in OEE software (TrakSys)
  • Implement digitalization efforts at the sites in regard to prioritized initiatives

Job Requirements

  • Master or Bachelors degree in Factory Automation and Industrial Computing 
  • 5+ years experience & hands on control command applications: PLCs (Rockwell and/or ABB systems) and SCADA (WW Aveva and/or ABB)
  • Interest / experience in project work related to automation (functional description, IO, FAT, SAT, commissioning, etc.)
  • Interest / experience in SQL database design & management is a plus
  • Interest /experience in electrical & instrumentation design as well as in control loop design
  • Knowledge & experience on ISA-88, ISA-95 implementation as well as Batch recipe management is a plus
  • Agility, close to the field, dynamic, proactive, open-minded, committed to objectives and ready to demonstrate full engagement in the success of the plant
  • Affinity for process engineering in a production environment
  • Adaptative mind, management of change, anticipative mind is essential
  • Interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a highly engaging and dynamic team environment with differing cultures, backgrounds, and experience levels
  • Demonstrated verbal, written, analytical skills as well as ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management
  • Autonomous, able to work independently, proactively, and creatively to identify and lead process/automation improvement opportunities
  • Experience teaching and presenting technical designs, solutions, and skills to employees at all levels of the organization
  • Project organizational skills 
  • Some business trips to other plants of the company in the US

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

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