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Job Title:  Lead Automation Architect

Req ID:  27125
Job Category:  Lean

Houston, TX, US, 77303


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

Join STERIS in the newly created Advanced Technology Organization where innovation and continuous improvement will directly impact the business. The Lead Automation Architect, Advanced Engineering is responsible for defining the automation and systems integration strategy serving Steris’ R and D, manufacturing and service operations.  You will assess current operations process flow as well as business system and human resources interactions for opportunities to automate or reduce manual input and interaction using robotic, conveyance, and software and virtual reality technologies.  You will develop the automation strategy, technology roadmap, and define action plans needed to execute.  In this role you will be expected to assess and manage the external supply base, identify suitable partners and develop key relationships with automation and technology suppliers.  Additionally you will manage the long term technology program for key operational areas and drive the completion of projects contributing to the overall strategy across the global operational footprint.

This position can be located in Mentor, Ohio or one of the following areas: Houston, TX,  Plymouth, MN, or Birmingham, Alabama. Travel will include domestic approximately 25% and some international travel to Mexico, Quebec and overseas. 


Strategy development
•    Assess the global operations footprint, to identify opportunities to streamline flow and reduce human interaction (lifting, motion, data recording) to simplify, reduce processing time, reduce ergonomic and safety risk, and improve performance across a number of operational and financial metrics. 
•    Upon completion of the assessment, develop and communicate the long-term implementation strategy, including prioritization of highest leverage opportunities, timing, projected costs, targeted technology partners and internal resource requirements. 
•    Develop standard ways of working internally and externally for program management of technology projects and programs. 
Implement the automation strategy through a variety of activities
•    Oversee the specification development process, establish maintenance, service, and qualification protocols of technology systems. Ensure thorough and compliant documentation is available. 
•    Lead the vendor selection and capital appropriation request processes.
•    Lead all engineering, purchase, fabrication, installation and factory acceptance phases of the project implementation process. 
•    Identify the skills necessary and develop the training programs required to acquire and develop operators and technicians capable running and maintaining installed equipment. 
•    Develop and implement methods to monitor and measure effectiveness of implementations; lead corrective actions as applicable. 
•    Collaborate with the corporate advanced engineering function to facilitate alignment and synergy with the advanced engineering strategy being deployed across STERIS.  

Required Experience

•    Bachelors degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Systems Engineering
•    13+ years of experience in advanced engineering areas, including robotics, automation of manufacturing lines, PLC/machine interface and/ or software solutions.
•    5+ years project management and reporting experience.
•    Demonstrated positive impact to the business that translated to clear, bottom line results by implementing step-function changes. 
•    Experience with and demonstrated skills in analyzing business needs, determining appropriate solutions and/or opportunities, developing lean implementation strategies, and deploying them. 
•    Experience with deploying pilot programs of new/disruptive technology. 
•    Successful experience with effectiveness across multi-site operations (global experience is helpful)
•    Experience managing internal and external partners on significant capital programs ($1M+)
•    Excellent knowledge and proficiency in automation technology methods, techniques, and strategies. 
•    Demonstrated skills in analyzing business needs, determining appropriate solutions and/or opportunities, developing implementation strategies, and deploying them. Strong analytical, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and organizational skills. 
•    Demonstrated ability in capital business case development
•    Experience integrating automation technology into Lean / Continuous Improvement operating system.
•    Excellent presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate ideas, goals and results.
What STERIS Offers

The opportunity to join a company that will invest in you for the long-term. STERIS couldn’t be where it is today without our incredible people. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with STERIS is our ultimate goal. We do this by providing competitive salaries, healthcare benefits, tuition assistance, paid-time off, holidays, matching 401(k), annual merit, and incentive plans.  Join us and help write our next chapter.



STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  27125
Job Category:  Lean

Houston, TX, US, 77303

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