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Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Applications Engineer III, Operational Technology (OT) – Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois


Job Description

Applications Engineer III, Operational Technology (OT) – Decatur, IL
This is a full-time, exempt level position.

***Ideal work locations for this role include: Decatur, IL; Cedar Rapids or Clinton, IA; or Erlanger, KY. Other large ADM manufacturing locations are open for consideration.

Position Summary:

As a key member of the Operational Technology (OT) team, you will be responsible for advancing the standardization and innovation of OT distributed control system (DCS) and manufacturing execution system (MES) applications architecture, support, and engineering globally.

You will work closely with OT engineers, Process Automation (PA) engineers, and partner with key business segments, Global Technology (GT, which is ADM’s IT dept.), and your global OT peers to ensure the successful delivery of OT solutions to ADM operations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Direct, manage and maintain OT DCS/MES applications ecosystem globally
  • Partner with PA and application owners to drive the establishment and communication of DCS/MES applications architecture and procedure standards
  • Drive development and implementation of OT DCS/MES applications architecture strategic direction, with a focus on optimization of resources and plant up-time Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Key OT liaison for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems integration efforts for MES
  • Partner with PA to maintain compliance for DCS/MES-related licensing
  • Manage the collection of application requirements, techniques and controls of affected functional departments in order to determine problem areas and to provide operationally efficient solutions
  • Follow OT project methodology guidelines and standards and drive team adoption
  • Coordinate application activities with OT/PA managers to help prevent plant interruptions (upgrades, patching, etc.)
  • Participate in vendor evaluations, recommend and review functional and overall application design, and complete technical planning to improve systems productivity and efficiency
  • Manage third-party suppliers/contractors (where applicable)
  • Some travel and on call are expected as part of this position
Required Skills:
  • Strong understanding of process automation/control applications and HMI software applications (Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Honeywell, Wonderware, Emerson DeltaV, Valmet (NovaTech) D/3, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience managing the lifecycle, maintenance, and upgrades of DCS/MES applications
  • Ability to think ‘outside the box’
  • Strong communication skills - communicate at a conceptual level as well as at a hands-on, practical level
  • Highly motivated, self-starter
  • Comfortable working with cross-functional global teams
  • Strong documentation and organizational skills
  • Must have the ability to skillfully manage multiple projects simultaneously and succeed in an environment of competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by delivering on commitments and managing by example
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced team environment; a willingness to learn new skills and take direction from other team members; and ability to organize information and manage time efficiently
  • Experience in supporting plant operations and 24/7 operating requirements
Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum of an Associates degree in a technical discipline (computer science, engineering, etc.)
  • 7+ years of experience supporting enterprise-level technology operations and services, including experience managing the lifecycle, maintenance, and upgrades of network technologies
  • 5+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Technical experience with Process Automation systems, including Rockwell, Emerson DeltaV or Valmet (Novatech) D/3
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree (or higher) in a technical discipline (computer science, engineering, etc.)
  • Network-specific experience
Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.

REF: 86242BR

Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of 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.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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