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Director of Engineering, Electrical & Automation (Boise, ID)

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The Director of Engineering, Electrical & Automation will provide guidance, direction and resources in various design projects to satisfy the production and maintenance departments' needs while maintaining a satisfactory cost-benefit ratio, and complying with safety, environmental and quality standards. You will also be a companywide resource by working with other corporate and facility staff to address technical and compliance issues as they occur. We are looking for someone with a deep understanding of electrical and automation systems with the ability to lead highly technical teams in large projects. You will bring your extensive experience leading other leaders and have a proven track record of delivering on project expectations. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Stays abreast of changing regulatory environment and oversees department compliance by interfacing with environmental personnel and outside consultants, attending meetings and seminars, and studying government regulations. 
  • Provides technical expertise on construction projects by specifying electrical and automation equipment and materials by comparing what other industries are using, studying product information, and through past experience with vendors.                                                       
  • Supervises a team of electrical and automation engineers to facilitate design and construction of capital and non-capital projects by planning, directing and delegating work assignments, making purchasing decisions, scheduling, etc. 
  • Lead the largest and most complex capital projects from concept to completion and commissioning for the Global Food Group.
  • Interfaces with other departments to ensure projects are correctly prioritized and meet expectations by creating a formalized project management system to ensure that projects are passed from one department to the next in an orderly fashion and that pertinent input is obtained from each group. 
  • Evaluates capital expenditure proposals for the plant. Provides feedback on capital investment results to assure maximum return on capital investments.
  • Responsible for identifying and developing the application for new technologies, specifically related to electrical and automation systems.         

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university
  • Electrical Engineering degree required 

Relevant Experience

  • 15+ years related experience and/or training

Other Information

  • Extensive capital projects and budget development experience desired.
  • Information Technology experience or electrical and automation background preferred 
  • Demonstrated knowledge relating to relevant design activities.
  • Experience in Heavy industry, Knowledgeable of Plant processes / issues or Unit Operations is a plus.
  • Extensive people management experience will be required at this level.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of capital budget development experience is required.
  • Significant experience in developing department budgets is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a leader of change.
  • Previous experience managing technical groups will be preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities at the same time.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required (medical or religious accommodations will be considered as appropriate).

Job Requisition ID: 7257

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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