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Exide Technologies Senior Principal Process Engineer – Automation SME in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Do you thrive on being the go-to person to solve your employer’s greatest technical challenges? Exide Technologies is hiring a Manufacturing Automation Subject Matter Expert for our process engineering team. Your expertise will help guide and drive our increasing automation needs across our manufacturing portfolio in North America. The role is highly visible and impacts our pasting, assembly and formation operations from a manufacturing efficiency rate, operator safety, and uptime standpoints. You will help Exide as we drive to the next level of manufacturing automation. You will thrive on this kind of responsibility and take pride knowing the impact you’ll have in this position.

This position can be located in the Atlanta area, or at one of our manufacturing facilities in Kansas, Iowa, or Arkansas. Your presence must be felt at the facilities as you guide the engineering and manufacturing teams. You will design, spec, and program new automation investments and highlight high potential investment areas. Reporting to the Process Engineering Director, you are the subject matter expert (SME) and will share knowledge and with all of our battery manufacturing facilities. Your impact will be felt across the organization.

With 5 manufacturing facilities in the US, there are always opportunities to move up or around within the company. Exide has an engineering career progression ladder that allows engineers to progress in the organization in either an individual contributor or managerial role.

Read below for the formal description. But, apply to learn more about or new projects for the upcoming year where you’ll play a key role in our manufacturing plants and other key initiatives.


  • Create standards, program, simulate, and test PLCs for automation specifically around the application of robotics and its integration with the battery manufacturing process

  • SME position is the go-to person for critical troubleshooting events, new process improvement recommendations and, design improvements.

  • Develop PID loops for critical process controls to improve our process capabilities

  • Develop SCADA solutions and integrate MES solutions to improve our manufacturing efficiency and help drive strategic process improvements

  • Understand the processes at our facilities and the roles of people

  • Grow knowledge of the facility team and improve documentation.

  • Ability to handle lead, and lead acid batteries.

  • Take ownership of the automation aspects or our process’

  • Improve uptime targets via the process improvements

  • Increase production speed at the current quality requirements and uptime

  • Isolate critical data outputs of the process and define indicators of key process performance

  • Complete finite element analysis (FEA)

  • Ability to foster strong relationship with members of the operations team and vendors

  • Able to work at all levels across the organization

  • Ability to grow your personal knowledge and technical ability.

  • Colaboratively lead the organization, with the support ot the IT function in a strategy around IOT and Industry 4.0


  • BS Or Greater in Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Electrical Engineering.

  • 5+ years of direct experience in process or manufacturing engineering, with a track record of driving operational excellence

  • Proven experience with any of the following PLCs: Allen Bradley, Modicon, GE Fanuc, Siemens, AutomationDirect, Mitsubishi, Omron, Aromat, or Toshiba but Allen Bradly is preferred

  • . Experience in HMI and/or Operator Interface programming and configuration of any of the following software packages Ignition, Wonderware, Rockwell, Intellution, Factory Talk, GE Cimplicity, Ci-Tech, Iconics, Siemens, or US Data is a requirement for this role, and Ignition is preferred

  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and database software, have helped you track, analyze, form conclusions and communicate a message throughout your career

  • Six sigma certification is a strong plus, and should you be selected for the role without this certification, Exide will sponsor and pay for your training/certification

About the work environment:

  • You will work in both office and manufacturing environments. Battery manufacturing employs chemicals, heat and heavy equipment, and as such you will at times be exposed to lead, fumes, noise, dirt, hazards, and chemicals, and in all cases will be provided with appropriate PPE.

  • You must be able to see, hear and speak; able to sit, stand for at least two hours at a time, sit, bend, crawl, squat, kneel and climb able to use both arms and hands to use a computer and peripherals and lift 40 pounds from floor level, able to work below ground level in confined spaces and on stationary or mobile elevated platforms, able to wear respirator and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as required, able to climb stairs.

  • Travel may be high for this position as you will be expected to spend greater than 75% of your time in the manufacturing facilities.

This is a full time position, and working at the plant is required.


EEO Statement

Exide Technologies is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Exide

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Industrial Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward - history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.

Job Locations KS-Kansas City | GA-Milton | AR-Fort Smith | IA-Cedar Rapids | IA-Dubuque | KS-Salina

Requisition ID 2020-2640

Category Engineering

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Address 3001 Fairfax Trafficway

Postal Code 66115