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Nestle Electrical & Automation Engineering Specialist in Waverly, Iowa

Foods people love. Brands people trust. And a career that nourishes your future like no other.

If you're driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestlé is the place for you. Nestlé USA is one of seven operating companies that make up Nestlé’s presence in the United States. We're in 97% of American homes, and as the leading food and beverage company, our goals are to continue to deliver quality food and beverage products, strengthen our local communities, and reduce our environmental and climate impact.

We’re determined to challenge the status quo and be better tomorrow than we are today. As individuals and teams, we embrace our entrepreneurial culture and have created a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is expected, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day. Here, you will find limitless opportunities to learn and advance your career and feel empowered to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Because our focus is not only on nourishing our customers, but also about enriching you.

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Position Summary & Responsibilities

Factory Electrical and Automation Engineering is responsible for all aspects related to Electricity, Automation, Process Control, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)/ Digital Manufacturing Operation (DMO) and the Factory Automation System (FAS) infrastructure, applications and resources according to Nestle corporate strategies, standards, specifications and local codes and regulations.

This will include but not limited to the following:

•Provide optimum electrical and process control equipment facilities to meet the established objectives of the business.

•Ensure reliability of electrical & process control hardware and software operation

•Optimize electrical/process control maintenance & operation costs

•Optimize electrical/process control hardware & software to maintain plant at high level of efficiency, safety, quality, etc.

•Partner with other departments, disciplines and facilities to provide necessary support and expertise for the execution of capital investment projects and market and global initiatives.

•Collaborate with the Group Engineering E&A team during the planning and execution of projects, initiatives and compliance requirements.

•Comply with all safety and environmental regulations (Internal & External) and applicable Nestle standards.


Factory Electrical & Automation Engineering maintains the existing electrical and automation infrastructure and applications. This means mastering the solutions in place to be able to:

•Conduct preventive maintenance on power distribution and automation equipment

•Ensure power quality

•Keep electrical power distribution and automation drawings and documentation updated

•Manage the instrument calibration program for regulatory and quality compliance

•Perform troubleshooting in case of problems and ensure the PLC or HMI applications are properly managed

•Modify the automation applications when operational changes are performed on the production lines

•Manage industrial applications and hardware in the automation layer

•Automation equipment change management policy/procedures

•Maintain the reliability and the performance of the FAS IT infrastructure and peer to peer networks

•In line with Nestle Continuous Excellence (NCE), active participation in regular operational reviews, continuous improvement and DMAIC activities

•Meet compliance with all Nestle and local regulatory standards and requirements.

•Manage electricity and automation equipment standardization for plant

•Oversee the controls/instrumentation and production IT activities in the factory (PLC & HMI design, training, programming, etc.) in support of capital investment and maintenance

•Participate in the electrical and automation capital expenditure engineering efforts related to design, specifications, budgeting, testing and validations

•Build internal capabilities with the E&A team



•Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or equivalent, preferably electrical engineering OR Associates Degree in engineering or equivalent, preferably electrical engineering


•Minimum 3 years’ experience in the field of electricity in a manufacturing facility with a Bachelors’ degree OR Minimum 5 years’ experience in the field of electricity in a manufacturing facility with an Associates Bachelors’ degree

•In-depth knowledge of Electricity, in low voltage, medium voltage and high voltage installations

•Good knowledge of local electrical code and standards

•Good knowledge of Instrumentation and Process Control Systems

•In-depth knowledge of HMIs, PLCs

•Knowledge of food processing operations and technology

•Knowledge on MES (Manufacturing Execution System)

•Knowledge on manufacturing IT, industrial networks and applications

•Good knowledge of electrical safety

•Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, hygienic engineering and Nestlé Quality System.


•Analytical skills in Problem Solving, specifically, understanding of financial analysis and relevant business drivers:

•Strong interpersonal skills

•Strong conflict resolution skills

•Strong managerial, leadership and technical skills

•Ability to think conceptually and deal with ambiguity with a strong innovation mindset

•Proactive problem-solving ability: ability to think objectively through various options and scenarios

•Ability to adapt quickly to changes

•Project Engineering/Management

•TPM: AM and/or EM Pillar experience

•Hygienic engineering

•Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, and equipment

•Communication and Networking

•MS Office/MS Project

•SAP knowledge desirable


It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestlé seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé home.

The Nestlé Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.