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Principal Manufacturing Solution Architect

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: Benton Harbor, MI, US, 49022-2692

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 41661

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The Manufacturing Technology Architect is responsible for driving the transformation of Whirlpool’s World Class Manufacturing software and automation solutions in the Information Technology/Operational Technology (IT/OT) environment. This role will support the IT and data system architecture within manufacturing the environment with an emphasis on Supervisory control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). The role will be accountable for the deployment of existing templated capabilities, driving the direction of new functionality and enhancements, as well as building a roadmap for retirement of legacy systems. In addition to technical responsibilities, this position will direct the work of four to five senior technology deployment leads.



  • Work with business units, application developers, security, and infrastructure engineering to troubleshoot, design and build application integrations that support critical manufacturing processes across operations, quality, and materials.
  • Provide subject matter experience with MOM/MES, industrial automation and system integration practices.
  • Oversee region wide MES/MOM integration strategy and roadmap, influence global MES/MOM roadmap.
  • Influence architectural strategy as technology evolves, with an emphasis on re-usable, scalable, and supportable solutions.
  • Work with data strategy and analytics teams globally to ensure alignment with the current and future architectures for the integration of MES solutions with ERP, plant automation and data analytics platforms.
  • Assist in feasibility studies, produce high-level business models, and help prepare business cases.
  • Consult with manufacturing business with regards to process pain points. Advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact to other business processes and system priorities.
  • Assist in the vendor selection process and provide recommendations for investment in technology solutions, supported by appropriate ROI, total cost of ownership, and/or cost benefit analyses.
  • Work cross functionally with plant, IT, security, 3rd party suppliers and infrastructure teams to drive and complete complex integrations
  • Work with a team to support a 24/7 manufacturing environment
  • Travel as necessary up to 25%



  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology or engineering
  • 10+ years manufacturing execution systems experience; SCADA, MES and MOM
  • 5+ years of SAP and ERP/MES integration techniques and best practices
  • 10+ years’ experience with industrial control systems
  • 5+ years of experience supporting software development projects; past roles may include systems integrator, software developer, and/or systems engineer




Enterprise Skills:

  • Working with teams to develop and maintain architecture and design of plant automation systems
  • Familiarity with industry standards, such as ANSI/ISA-95 and ANSI/ISA-88
  • Project management methodologies and software life cycles; Agile, Scrum, Kanban
  • SCADA, MOM/MES and PAC/PLC’s troubleshooting, development and sustainability
  • Knowledge of development environment and support tools
  • Experience in high volume discrete manufacturing as well as an understanding of procurement, quality management and material flow; especially in the context of systems and data


Technical Skills:

  • Experience managing technologies such as OPC, Angular, SQL, HMI, KAFKA
  • Kepware, OSI PI, Ignition 7.9, 8.0, Sepasoft MES modules
  • GSuite, Microsoft Office
  • Technology architectures across ERP, MES, SCADA and Cloud
  • Enterprise infrastructure, Windows Server, Cisco Networking, Backup & Recovery, Wireless Technologies
  • Enterprise OT/IT security skills and experience


Organizational Skills:

  • Professional demeanor that portrays integrity and respect for others
  • Interpersonal and insight skills to work effectively within a complex organization
  • Present ideas and convey value to internal customers
  • Strategic mindset, resolve conflict and ambiguous issues
  • Deal with a variety of internal and external colleagues at varying levels within the organization.
  • Challenge the status quo effectively while maintaining compliance and business relationships.
  • Results and service orientation with the ability to communication feedback loops
  • Business level Spanish language proficiency


About us


Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 77,000 employees and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2019. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at   


At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

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