Senior Automation Engineer

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Senior Automation Engineer

Our Company:

PopSockets LLC, based in Boulder, Colorado, designs, manufactures and sells innovative lifestyle products. People know us best for the PopGrip, a collapsible grip and stand that provides a secure, one-handed way to hold any mobile device. But we're always hard at work inventing new, expressive, extremely fun products that serve a functional need and help do some good in the world. From PopWallet and PopMounts, to PopPower chargers and an expanding line of beauty products, we're tireless in our pursuit of the company's mission to create empowering, customizable, magical products for our customers to enjoy.

Senior Automation Engineer

We at PopSockets LLC (PopSockets.com) would like to hire a Senior Automation Engineer to lead system acquisitions for production process optimization. We’re looking for someone who has a track record of successfully launching new production systems utilizing project management and problem solving to direct system design and implementation for production ramp up at multiple contract manufacturers. The successful candidate will be a seasoned and passionate engineer eager to expand and share their technical capability. Our product portfolio is continually growing and requires unique automation solutions to achieve high-volume low-cost manufacturing across the globe.  We’re also looking for a conscientious, friendly person -- we are fun but hard-working, and we're looking for someone with similar spirit. We value people with positive energy, and we strive to have our workplace be someplace that you're excited to go to in the morning.

Working semi independently and with Contract Manufacturers, the Senior Automation Engineer will own the elevation of our production capabilities through advancing automation. The successful candidate will inspire and enable the contract manufacturers to meet project deliverables and maintain accurate communications with HQ team members. The Senior Automation Engineer will report into the Operations Engineering group and will be responsible for developing and implementing solutions to achieve cost, capacity, and quality targets for all production sites through collaboration with contract manufactures and outsourced automation system design.

The responsibilities will include:

  • The conception of new production equipment and solutions to optimize existing production processes and equipment
  • Identifying opportunities for improvements relative to cost, quality, and lead time
  • Developing and articulate system architecture which meets performance and investment requirements
  • Establishing the scope of work with clear, enforceable system requirements
  • Reviewing proposals and recommend solutions or improvements to system design
  • Leading installation, debugging, and ramp-up at contract manufacturing sites
  • Measure, report, and enforce quality metrics at contract manufacturers
  • Troubleshoot and resolve production issues at contract manufacturers

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Automation Engineering, or similar
  • Project management experience and experience maintaining several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to conduct and apply financial analysis for project scoping and proposal selection
  • 10 years of experience in Controls/Automation projects including a leadership role in a major automation project
  • Confident communication skills both up and down an organization including the ability to accurately convey technical issues to non-technical audiences
  • Direct experience with all phases of system acquisition including definition/design/deployment into a production environment
  • Practical knowledge of statistical process control and familiarity with fundamental Quality System principles including practical use of root cause analysis and closed loop corrective action tools
  • Basic understanding of electronic product design and manufacturing processes including SMT assembly and troubleshooting through final test and proper handling/packaging of completed consumer electronic product
  • Ability to read, decipher, and critique code in a variety of control languages including DCS, PLC, SCADA/HMI and MES systems.
  • Excellent organization for documentation and record keeping
  • Ability to travel up to 50% including USA(WI, IA, IL, CO, CA), Mexico, and occasionally in SE Asia.

PopSockets is dedicated to the practice of equal opportunity employment. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, color, creed, ancestry, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law. This prohibition includes unlawful harassment based on any of these protected classes. Unlawful harassment includes verbal or physical conduct which has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, unsafe or otherwise non-welcoming work environment. This policy applies to all employees, including managers, supervisors, co-workers; and non-employees such as customers, clients, vendors, consultants, etc.

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Location

We're just outside Downtown Boulder (no traffic!) in a gorgeous, newly built and designed office with terrific mountain views!

An Insider's view of PopSockets LLC

How does your team reward individual success?

We have an internal bonus system that allows everyone to reward each other with points that you can then convert for real world rewards including everything from gift cards to your favorite stores, Amazon, discounted travel and more.

Katie

Sr. HR Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our office is designed to foster collaboration. There are comfortable meeting areas around every corner, and an open office plan. Even a walk to grab some coffee often results in multiple, impromptu meetings. All of our conference rooms are equipped with huge screens that allow us to stay close with everyone offsite as well.

Andrea

Lead Recruiter

How does the company support your career growth?

Because we're growing so quickly, you don't have to wait for a role to open above you to advance. We welcome new ideas and perspectives, and people are able to grow, develop and advance at their own rate. Want to expand your role? Tell us how!

Julia

Recruiter

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We work very hard on recruiting in order to bring in passionate people with good ideas, and then let them run. You won't run into the excuse of "this is the way we've always done things". We want change, and growth and innovation, and trust in our people and their skills to get us there.

Jen

Associate Design Director

What are PopSockets LLC Perks + Benefits

PopSockets LLC Benefits Overview

Employees are valued at PopSockets. We provide a number of perks and benefits to show we care and are always looking for ways to do more for our employees. We provide a dog-friendly office, stocked with snacks and high end coffee and tea options. We have a fully stocked bar with a view of the mountains. We offer competitive benefits and 4 weeks of starting vacation time, in addition to time off each year for volunteer opportunities.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
PopSockets Employees are offered two paid volunteer days. Our Manager of DoGoods works directly with local nonprofits we can support as a company. Volunteer opportunities are coordinated quarterly.
Partners with Nonprofits
PopSockets partners with more than 100 nonprofits—large and small—through Poptivism, our unique give back program. Over the past three years, we have contributed more than $3 million to charity!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
PopSockets has a flexible spending account
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
We offer Cardio and Yoga classes three days per week!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
We contribute 3% of of an employee's annual gross pay to their 401K
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
We provide an option to create a dependent care account
Generous Parental Leave
We provide 12 weeks paid paternal leave for employees who have been here 6 months.
Flexible Work Schedule
PopSockets provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
PopSockets sponsors family oriented events throughout the year.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball.
Stocked Kitchen
We love our snacks at PopSockets. We also offer plenty of tea, coffee and beer on Tap. We also have our own Bevi machine!
Some Meals Provided
Bagles and Donuts every Wednesday and Breakfast burritos the last Friday of the month!
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Softball, Soccer and more!
Fitness Subsidies
We offer thrive pass, $50 per month toward the wellness activity of your choice.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
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