Lead Automation & Robotics Engineer

Tyson Foods Springdale , AR 72765

Posted 2 months ago

Job Details:

The Automation organization is a growing organization at Tyson Foods that is responsible for the development and validation of innovative robotics and automation technologies and solutions that improve team member safety, optimize labor and yield, ensure food safety, and provide a framework for sustainable profitability.

As a Lead Automation and Robotics engineer, you will study Tyson operations and work with analysts and process experts to come up with innovative robotics and automation solutions that can be standardized and scaled within Tyson. This can involve sourcing solutions from established vendors, co-developing solutions with our strategic vendors, collaborating with startup companies, and/or doing R&D work to create solutions that are unique to Tyson needs. This role will technically lead a team to identify opportunities, develop proof of concept solutions and present to executive leadership. These opportunities will be founded in data from our systems of record and this team will be solving problems that best meet the needs of our business and are in high demand. Upon approval, this position would then lead the implementation of these solutions into production facilities. It will require a strong partnership with the existing engineering groups, production plant leadership, maintenance teams, IT organization and executive leadership. In this role you will work closely with others and lead / mentor more junior team members to deliver against objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Visit plant locations, learn and understand the production processes; identify and document automation opportunities

  • Assess the financial and efficiency impacts of these opportunities and design solutions in collaboration with key stakeholders in operations and technology teams.

  • Create proof of concept solutions that can be demonstrated and tested to drive efficiency, worker safety and financial returns leveraging technologies such as Robotics, computer vision, and other industrial automation and software technologies.

  • Work with Mechanical, Electrical, and Software engineers to develop the details of the automation solution that you are creating. The goal is for these solutions to become part of the Tyson automation product line that can be scaled and deployed across the Tyson enterprise.

  • Design, validate, and execute appropriate test methods to address system design and performance issues.

  • Facilitate complex problem-solving skills, enhance collaboration across functional groups, and support development efforts for current manufacturing hardware and new system development.

  • The position entails rigorous process discipline and documentation practices as well as excellent cross-functional communication skills to assure functionality, safety, reliability and quality of the product.

  • Partner with industry leading technology companies and emerging technology startups to source and apply the new technologies

  • Develop robotics, computer vision or motion control software related to custom automation solution development.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, or equivalent degree or education

  • 5 to 7 years of direct related experience in application of robotics and automation in manufacturing / production environments OR 5 to 7 years of direct experience in engineering and development of robotics and automation solutions

  • A passion for modern technology, a true desire to leverage the most advanced technologies available to improve worker safety, operational efficiency, and financial impacts

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

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification or higher is desired

  • Excellent communication, presentation and demonstration skills with the ability to interface directly with executive level leadership

  • Ability to act as a single threaded leader on complex projects while still contributing to concurrent running projects, focusing on multiple value streams and technology types.

  • This position may require up to 25% of travel

Relocation Assistance Eligible:


Work Shift:

1ST SHIFT (United States of America)

Hourly Applicants ONLY -You must complete the task after submitting your application to provide additional information to be considered for employment.

Tyson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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Lead Automation & Robotics Engineer

Tyson Foods