Sr Manager Robotics and Optimization

at Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Job Purpose/Summary:

Are you ready to join an innovative team where you will have direct influence on game-changing strategies and solutions for one of the world’s largest food companies? Looking for a role where you can combine your passion for automation, process and governance, and an interest in all things technical? Wanting to be both strategic and hands-on? Thrive on partnering with talented colleagues and delivering as a team? If so … keep reading!

The Automation Methods and Optimization team is a start-up team at Tyson Foods that is responsible for identifying automation and process optimization opportunities, performing financial modeling, driving the automation roadmap, and executing automation projects. We will also partner across the enterprise to define and facilitate a governance model to ensure we leverage Tyson’s full scale as a Fortune 100 company as we engage external partners and suppliers for automation tech and services, simplify our automation solution catalog, and help streamline supportability and solution maintenance.

The Sr. Manager of Automation Robotics and Optimization will play a crucial role in leading their team to define a standard approach for identifying and modeling automation opportunities within Tyson Foods. They will lead a team of CI and Robotics Engineers who will partner with Tyson’s engineering, operations, and IT teams to assess current-state production processes and define/document opportunities to optimize through process improvement and the introduction of digital and physical automation solutions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

+ Define the standard approach for investigating and identifying automation opportunities across Tyson’s enterprise (both digital and physical automation)

+ Define and manage standards tools and processes for documenting and financially modeling automation opportunities

+ Lead your team to apply a continuous improvement LEAN Six Sigma approach for process optimization as well as the introduction of automation solutions to drive improvements in safety, sustainability, quality, and profitability.

+ Lead a team of robotics engineers to design and make proposals on robotic and AI solutions

+ Build strong and mutually rewarding partnerships with our engineering, business ops, and IT teams

+ Lead your team by clearly defining a vision, setting expectations and responsibilities, providing effective performance coaching, and inspiring your team members to grow and meet their full potential in their current roles and careers.

+ Define standard approaches for financially modeling new opportunities as a key consideration in prioritization

+ Participate in or oversee and drive feasibility studies, vendor selections and proposals for evaluation by key stakeholders


+ Bachelor of Science and/or Masters degree in Industrial/Mechanical/Electrical/Robotic Engineering

+ 6 to 10 years of direct related experience in manufacturing and production environments with an emphasis on process optimization and standards

+ An organized and process-minded approach to solving problems

+ 2 to 4 years experience directly managing teams and managing performance

+ Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification is required

+ Hands-on experience where you have brought organization to ambiguous environment with the use of processes, standards, and governance

+ Significant experience with CAD software programs for documenting production process and engineering solutions

+ Experience gathering and organization data in order to glean insights from it to make decisions

+ Proficient in the use of data visualization platforms such as Power BI or Data Studio

+ Proficient in the use of process mapping software and tools (mind-mapping tools, Visio, etc.)

+ Excellent skills in standard computer software including spreadsheet and presentation software

+ Proven project management skills with experience in project management tools (e.g. MS Project, JIRA, etc.) – certification is preferred

+ Ability to clearly “tell the story” and tailor your messaging to partners, leadership, and stakeholders including executive levels of leadership

+ Proven ability to mentor team members to grow in their own career and impact

+ Understanding of interdependencies between technology, operations, and engineering

+ Understanding and knowledge of food production processes and solutions is desired

+ Deep knowledge and experience in industrial robotics and artificial intelligence and their application in a production environment

+ Experience with industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices and their deployment at scale

+ Advanced problem-solving skills with the ability to operate within complex situations, break them down, and work with others to define the path forward

Work Shift:

1ST SHIFT (United States of America)

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Job Posting: JC178125865

Posted On: Feb 19, 2021

Updated On: Dec 06, 2021