Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Automation

Date: Jan 30, 2023

Location: Chester, VA, US, 23836

Company: Dover Corporation

Our Story:


Dover Food Retail (DFR) is a leading manufacturer of Display Cases, Specialty Products, Refrigeration Systems, Power Systems and Comprehensive Services; and leading our industry by Innovating What’s Next in glass doors and intelligent merchandising technologies that keep food safe under brands such as HillPhoenix and Anthony.


DFR is part of the Refrigeration and Food Equipment segment of the Dover Corporation® (NYSE: DOV). Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues in excess of $7 billion.


DFR is built on creativity and customer-centric innovation delivered by people invigorated by a strong sense of responsibility to help our customers win in their marketplaces. The relationships we build with our customers are as important to our success as the products we manufacture. This collaborative environment delivers FRESH THINKING, reassuring our customers that they choose the best when they choose to work with the people of Dover Food Retail.


Job Title:        Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Automation         

Location:        Chester, VA  (Richmond, VA)


What we are looking for:


We are looking for a Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Automation professional to coordinate or directly work on improving manufacturing processes in a highly automated assembly line, with strong focus on safety, quality, and productivity methods to actively contribute to achieve key performance indicators and company goals. 


What you will be responsible for in this role:


  • Plans, directs, and coordinates manufacturing processes in industrial plant by developing, evaluating, and improving manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards.
  • Analyzes and plans work force utilization, space requirements, and workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency and safety
  • Technical advisor for all matters related to process, process technology and automation.
  • Confers with planning and design staff concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.
  • Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Estimates production times, staffing requirements, CAPEX costs and related costs to provide information for management decisions.
  • Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes.
  • Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential.
  • Evaluates, recommends, and implements change to current manufacturing processes by analyzing production, labor standards, and material cost, reviewing production schedules, and estimating future requirements. 
  • Provide design input to the New Product Development (NPD) and Design to Value (DTV) engineering teams to ensure optimal manufacturability.
  • Improves manufacturing efficiency by analyzing and planning workflow, space requirements, equipment layout and establishing and implementing Design For Manufacture (DFM) plans
  • Evaluates capital equipment investments, coordinates obtaining quotes, prepares cost justifications and manages the overall implementations and success of capital equipment projects.
  • Conduct make-vs-buy analysis of components of the existing product.
  • Develop strategy for transformation projects, including automation projects and Industry 4.0 projects, develop business case and make recommendations to management. 
  • Coordinate implementation of projects by monitoring and assigning daily tasks and schedules to 3rd party technical service companies, automation companies, and internal project members.


What are the basic qualifications?


  • Four (4) year degree is required; a degree in an Engineering discipline is preferred
  • Five (5) years of experience in manufacturing engineering
  • Three (3) years Engineering experience with implementing or optimizing high automation processes.
  • Experience managing technical employees, such as engineers, engineering technicians, automation contractors for 3 years


To be a great fit for the role:


  • Strong project management, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • A proven track record in engineering leadership as well as the ability to develop and implement standard engineering practices
  • Effective communication skill (verbal and written).
  • Ability to build trust and interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to identify opportunities to improve complex manufacturing systems (Fanuc robots, Allen Bradley PLC, etc). PLC and robotic programming is a plus.
  • Coordinate and support new product introduction, and department expansions
  • Presentation of technical information
  • Experience with 2D CAD (3D is a plus)
  • Provide accurate and timely project progress and results tracking.
  • Lead advanced problem solving teams as assigned.
  • Experience with facility layout design
  • Experienced in fabrication equipment and tooling
  • Knowledge of sheet metal fabrication and polyurethane foaming
  • Lean and Six Sigma manufacturing expertise.


How We Define Our Values and Why You Should Join Our Team:


The backbone behind our collection of outstanding businesses is a team of dedicated employees who protect and enhance our valued reputation for quality and delivering what we promise. It’s our values that define Dover to all of our key audiences: our shareholders, customers, prospective employees and especially to ourselves.


These values must be expressed in our work and embody our actions, as they form the basis by which we do our jobs, make decisions and measure our performance. It’s our unwavering commitment to maintaining our values that defines who we are as a Company.


  • Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Winning Through Customers
  • Respects and Values People
  • Expectations for Results
  • High Ethical Standards, Openness, and Trust


What’s in it for you?


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending
  • Paid Holidays









The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.


Dover Food Retail is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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