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Newell Brands Manufacturing Automation Engineer in Wichita, Kansas

Job Title: Manufacturing Automation Engineer

Reports To: Program Manager, Plant Automation

Location: Wichita, KS

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Automation Engineer will be responsible for identifying automation opportunities to improve our existing processes and leading their implementation in a manufacturing environment. The position will require approximately 50% of the engineer’s time to be spent on the manufacturing floor evaluating and executing improvements. Success will also require skilled application in a very hands-on environment as well as project management and leadership abilities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The position has a primary responsibility to assist in the development and realization of the plant’s continuous improvement initiative, with an emphasis on successful implementation of plant automation projects.

  • Supports manufacturing by troubleshooting existing automation equipment.

  • Trains technical associates on current and new automation equipment.

  • Makes results a top priority, regularly updating the plant’s implementation plan.

  • Empowers peers through positive reinforcement of team oriented continuous improvement.

  • Communicates status of engineering efforts to plant management and other engineering resources within the division.

  • Provides documentation of results and benefits achieved.

  • Shares “best practice” methods and ideas across plants/divisions.

  • All other projects as assigned by management.


Must work effectively in a fast-paced team environment with constant interruptions. Clearly communicate business goals so associates understand how they contribute to the organization’s success. Extensive short-term planning based on established and changing priorities. Involves ongoing problem solving. Some irregular hours may be required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BSIE, BSMfgE, BSEE, BSME or relevant technical BS Degree.

  • Working knowledge of lean tools and methodology, strong quantitative, analytical and process redesign skills.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Excellent communication skills to lead and support empowered employees in a team environment.

  • Good presentation skills to effectively share the success and ideas.

  • MS Office software skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Minitab.

  • 2D and/or 3D CAD Skills.

  • Bottom line oriented with knowledge of financial functions.

  • Able to work with minimum supervision.

  • High energy, self-motivated, enthusiastic, well organized.

  • Able to work in a team environment.

Preferable Characteristics:

  • Demonstrated ability to not only use Six Sigma and Lean Principles such as DMAIC, SPC, Cpk, GR&R, Control Plans, DOE, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Visual Factory, TPM, Kaizen, JIT, Demand Flow, Single Piece Flow, SMED as well as other Continuous Improvement Process tools.

  • Experience with injection molding, blow molding and assembly.


Manufacturing Engineer team members have a significant impact on manufacturing operations and require an in-depth understanding of manufacturing processes, economics of business and internal business functions. They are leaders who provide solutions, but also personal development for others within the organization. Creative and entrepreneurial thinking in all aspects of our business processes is essential for continued success.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Rubbermaid, FoodSaver, Calphalon, Sistema, Sharpie, Paper Mate, Dymo, EXPO, Elmer's, Yankee Candle, Graco, NUK, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Spontex, Coleman, Campingaz, Oster, Sunbeam and Mr. Coffee. Newell Brands' beloved, planet friendly brands enhance and brighten consumers lives at home and outside by creating moments of joy, building confidence and providing peace of mind.

Newell Brands is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide all employees and applicants for employment with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, immigration status, marital status, military status, any covered veteran status, disability status, genetic information, caregiving responsibilities or any other basis prohibited by law.