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Director Operational Technology - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Director Operational Technology - Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Information Technology

Job Description

Director Operational Technology - Decatur, IL

ADM Operations is seeking an experienced Director, Global Operational Technology, supporting our global process manufacturing assets. The ideal location of this role is in Decatur, IL, but will consider other locations.

The Director, Global Operational Technology serves as a technology partner, leading support, system improvements, and modernization of Operational Technologies and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) systems across the globe. We are seeking a candidate that has an expert level of understanding of OT, MOM systems, Industrial Automation systems, and interdependencies with other disciplines. You should have strong understanding of project execution methodologies and be comfortable working with a global team. In this role, you will be accountable for designing the digital transformation strategy for OT and driving in its execution, leading large and complex projects globally within ADM with a direct impact on our business strategy.

Responsibilities / Duties:

  • Develop & Execute Operational Technology (OT) Strategies: formulate and implement OT strategies, policies, and procedures to align OT solutions with business requirements and IT/GT objectives based on collaborative discussions with senior leadership and key stakeholders
  • Act as a technical resource to IT/GT, process & project engineering teams, and local operations teams to support design, selection and implementation of new OT investments and modifications needed to support existing applications, translating these technical demands into an architectural blueprint.
  • Provide leadership to the OT teams, ensuring they are well-trained and equipped to perform their roles. Working to minimize gaps in performance and effectiveness through continuous improvement and cross training, within the OT team itself, and with collaborative partners.
  • Own Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for respective area(s) of expertise.
  • Oversee the design, installation, configuration, and maintenance of industrial control systems and other IT/GT and OT infrastructure components
  • Identify opportunities to enhance manufacturing processes, increasing project efficiencies, and manage plant risk by integrating and optimizing OT systems
  • Collaborate with IT/GT to secure process automation systems, ensure compatibility with business automation and ERP systems, and fully leverage available synergies
  • Accountable for active management of risks associated with OT infrastructure including security, compliance, and operational risk.
  • Analyze data from OT systems to pinpoint bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and areas for improvement
  • Ensure adherence and compliance with relevant IT/GT regulations and standards
  • Manage OT budgets, ensuring expenditures align with business objectives and deliver value to the company
  • Collaborate with vendors, system integrators, and internal teams to optimize the performance and reliability of OT systems
Required Qualifications:
  • A Bachelors degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or a related field; advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of 12+ years of increasingly senior roles working in OT, process automation, Engineering, or manufacturing operations
  • 7+ years of experience in a leadership role
  • Excellent interpersonal and people skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to prioritize and display a high level of adaptability/flexibility while handling job responsibilities
  • In-depth experience in at least two to three of the following processes and the technologies that support them:
    • Knowledge of OT technologies, such as SCADA, process control systems, MES, industrial networks, and related protocols (e.g., OPC, Modbus, TCP/IP)
    • Strong understanding of manufacturing processes, automation, data analytics, and optimization techniques
    • Resilient and redundant server and network design with emphasis on uptime metrics and standardization.
    • Broad knowledge of cybersecurity principles and best practices, particularly as they apply to OT systems
    • Knowledge in programming languages commonly used in OT environments (e.g., PLC programming, ladder logic, HMI/SCADA scripting, PL/SQL, T-SQL, OOP)
    • Knowledge of automation and robotic tools: proven experience in intelligent process automation planning and development
  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed
  • Proven experience developing business cases and managing departmental budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change, influence multiple stakeholders, and comfortable working on the factory floor
  • Financial acumen and ability to effectively manage and control costs
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Packaging, Warehouse Management, and/or Robotics experience
  • Knowledge of one or more process control platforms (Rockwell, Novatech, Siemens, DeltaV, Honeywell)
  • Continuous and batch process automation experience or MES systems
  • Cybersecurity, OT networking, and system integration experience
  • Continuous improvement experience in a manufacturing environment using Toyota Production System, Danaher Business System, or other lean methodology
  • Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.
  • Qualified candidates must be legally able to work in the United States.
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.


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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