Lead PLC Controls Engineer


Bloomington, IL

Industry: Manufacturing


5 - 7 years

Posted 46 days ago

  by    Ryan Walsh

Relocation package available.

Our client manufactures top products and components globally. They are hiring a Lead PLC Controls Engineer to streamline and automate food safety and manufacturing processes for a large manufacturing plant delivering a wide range of consumer food products.

The Lead PLC Controls Engineer establishes and implements process control system standards. This person develops standards and processes for a range of controllers and PLC platforms to identify opportunities to automate manual processes and drive improvements.

This Role Offers:

  • Competitive base salary, plus comprehensive benefits, including medical/dental, 401(k) match, and annual performance bonuses.
  • Lean, efficient manufacturing environment.
  • High degree of freedom to refine operational and manufacturing processes.
  • Multiple career advancement paths.
  • Large pool of financial resources and software tools.
  • Culture of high quality.
  • Support and funding for industry certifications and skills development.
  • Company leadership is open to new ideas and expansion, including product line expansion and international markets.


  • Develop and roll out automation plans and process standards across multiple manufacturing sites.
  • Migrate legacy manufacturing software/controls to new PLCs. Program new controllers and troubleshoot for problems.
  • Automate manual processes and improve efficiency. Assist with end user training.
  • Work with engineering and manufacturing teams to develop fixes for workflow problems and recurring issues.
  • Oversee a team of direct reports, delivering performance reviews and training as needed.
  • Support high quality and safety standards within manufacturing plants and distribution.
  • Identify inefficiencies and analyze root cause and solutions.


  • 6+ years of experience in an industrial manufacturing environment, ideally within pharmaceuticals, beverage, or food products.
  • Strong PLC (programmable logic controller) technical understanding, including some or all of the following:
  • PlantPAx
  • Siemens PLC
  • Wonderware
  • Modicon PLC
  • Rockwell 5
  • Management experience of a team of direct reports.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field.
  • Good skills in teamwork, strategy, and communication.
  • Some travel.


$100K - $133K