Date:  Feb 10, 2024
Job Req ID:  17145
Category:  SupplyChain/ Operations
Country/Region:  US
State:  NC
City:  Cary
Workplace:  Onsite

Title:  Plant Systems Engineer


In the role of Plant Systems Engineer, you will have ownership for planning, executing, and providing technical expertise for plant automation control systems, data acquisition systems, electrical systems, and equipment. You will be leading the engineering portion of the Maintenance Department to deliver on action plans and contribute towards the strategic vision. As you strive towards meeting our continuous improvement goals and providing technical expertise, you will be a vital part to our facilities’ success.


Our Cary, NC plant is going through a digital transformation, bringing the site to the forefront of technology and efficiency. It’s a great opportunity for you to come in during this initiative and have a real impact, working alongside technically strong teammates who know how to collaborate and partner.


A Taste of What You’ll Be Doing


  • Support and Motivation – You will report directly to the Engineering Manager, who leads with a strong technical knowledge, support, and a “never fail” attitude. Ready to be inspired and mentored?
  • System Improvement and Innovation  We plan on you driving our future with confidence and an Owners Mindset. You will own the performance of the plants PLC software systems and network, electrical drawing system, and all power systems work. This could include personnel, hardware, software, plant/system wide architecture and surplus assets. One of the most important aspects will be ensuring the successful delivery and use of these technologies.  
  • Project Support & Delivery  You wont just be keeping pace; you will be setting it. You will be the lead in directing, coordinating, communicating, and interpreting policy for employees to ensure that electrical projects are thoroughly planned, scheduled, scoped, and estimated. You will work with the Processing and Packing departments, as well as developing a relationship with Global Engineering to provide and capture the scope of each project. 
  • Capability Development – We grow together every day. You will be coaching, developing, and leading the engineering & maintenance support organization and daily operation leadership. You will be managing training for site resources and ensuring expertise around legal and Kellanova requirements. Plan on helping influence the budgeting process.

Your Recipe for Success


  • High School Diploma with 5 years working experience in a related technical field
  • Strong working knowledge of Allen Bradley RS controls and software suite.  Including extensive PLC programming, VFD configuration and setup, servo drive and motion control, automation control networks, data acquisition networks, SQL server and database and Factory Talk.
  • Industrial operations networks, switch configuration, controls and data communications, VLan setup and configuration, SCADA systems.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with ability to manage internal and external relationships.
  • Ability to manage multiple and conflicting priorities.
  • Strong influencing skills to work across all levels of the organizations.

What’s Next

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About Kellanova


Kellanova is a leading company in global snacking, international cereal and noodles, plant-based foods, and North America frozen breakfast, and a portfolio of iconic, world-class brands, including Pringles, Cheez-It, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, MorningStar Farms, Incogmeato, Gardenburger, Nutri-Grain, RXBAR, and Eggo. We also steward a suite of beloved international cereal brands, including Kellogg’s, Frosties, Zucaritas, Special K, Krave, Miel Pops, Coco Pops, and Crunchy Nut, among others.


At Kellanova, we are committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I), uplifting each other and embracing our differences to achieve our common goals. Our focus on ED&I enables us to build a culture where all employees are inspired to share their passion, talents, ideas, and can bring their authentic selves to work. Learn more here.


We’re proud to offer industry competitive Total Health benefits (Physical, Financial, Emotional, and Social) that vary depending on region and type of role. Be sure to ask your recruiter for more information!


The Finer Print


Kellanova is an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to provide an inclusive work environment, a seat for everyone at the table, and embraces the diverse talent of its people. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, please visit our website here.   


Ready to Taste the Future of Food? 

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