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Project Manager

Post date

January 22, 2020


Auburn Hills, Michigan


Project Management


Full Time



Position Summary

Position Title: Project Manager

FLSA Classification: Exempt (Salary)

Reporting to: Group Manager or Director


At Esys Automation, our culture of Excellence, Teamwork and Family is very important to our business and future.  We strive to attract and retain the best team members and to be a Workplace of Choice.  Our desired environment fosters team work, learning and creativity.  And our teams enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility that promotes innovative thinking and ownership.

The Project Manager will manage automation projects to meet the schedule, budget and customer requirements.  The ideal candidate will be responsible for reviewing project proposal or planning to determine time frame, funding, procedures for accomplishing project, staffing requirements, and allotment of available resources to various phases of the project.

Essential Functions:

  • Willing to perform engineering tasks
  • Examines and understands customer-supplied specifications in order to ensure the functionality of the equipment meets these specifications
  • Ensures the equipment being started up and commissioned operates in accordance with the customer requirements as outlined in the approved specification
  • Directs program activities pertaining to assembly equipment and coordinates activities of personnel responsible for the design, construction, and implementation of assembly systems; while managing several project simultaneously
  • Reviews and approves assembly systems vendors’ proposed designs and processes and follows equipment through all phases of development
  • Construct project timelines, monitor and manager those timelines to achieve all delivery milestones
  • Directs through team personnel the manufacturing facilities, suppliers or others involved in the development and implementation of assembly systems
  • Monitor project closely, providing direction and support to the project team
  • Work cross functionally to ensure project success; including accounting, design, manufacturing, engineering and shipping
  • Ensures that Esys products and services continue to be the benchmark within the industry
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Esys Core Beliefs
  • Demonstrates a commitment to safe work practices while on Esys or the customer’s premises
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experienced with automation systems engineering and integration in the automotive manufacturing industry
  • Advanced knowledge of mechanical, electrical, controls and software engineering terms and principals
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, as well as Google Applications (such as Gmail, Calendar and Docs)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to travel to work weekends and/or off hours as necessary to meet client’s needs
  • Ability to lead/manage engineers and technical trades on project teams
  • Ability to demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Strong communication and documentation skills
  • Ability to work onsite within the Esys offices or at customer locations as required
  • Ability to meet deadlines without endangering the safety of himself/herself or others, or the integrity of the equipment
  • Ability to interact professionally with customers, and maintain a positive working relationship, which at times may be under difficult circumstances and/or high-pressure situations

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or management or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience designing software packages either in mechanical or controls engineering discipline
  • 1+ years working knowledge of manufacturing-type contracts, preferably in the automation or machine tool industries
  • 1+ years working knowledge of equipment, process, and commonly used design practices for automation projects

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Lead/Manage engineers and technical trades on project teams

Work Environment:

  • Will operate in both a professional office environment and a manufacturing environment
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, scanners, plotters, printers and fax machines
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Will be expected to work on a manufacturing shop floor either at Esys or a customer facility:
    • May involve exposure to hazards
    • Work surfaces may be slippery, unstable or uneven
    • Shop temperatures may not always be controlled and could vary from hot to cold
    • May work in areas where ear, eye, and/or foot protection is required

Physical Demands:

  • Employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs, balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 50 pound
  • Specific vision abilities require the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Travel by car and/or plane to company facilities or to customer or advisor locations is required

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

  • The Project Manager is a full-time position
  • Days and hours of work may vary based on the project assigned, with a minimum of eight-hour shifts each day, and a minimum of five workdays per week
  • Evening and overnight work may also be required
  • The position may require extended hours during the workday as well as weekend work


  • Travel to customers is required and can include extended travel depending on project and resource requirements
  • Travel to other Esys locations may also be required

Other Duties:

  • This position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job
  • Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice


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JR Automation provides intelligent automated manufacturing and distribution technology solutions. We transform how the world's leading manufacturers make and distribute products.


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At JR Automation, we focus on our customers. And we take care of each other. Large as we've grown, we've held onto our small-business roots, and there's a personal, human touch in everything we do. We work hard, and we work together. We pursue shared interests and mutual benefit. We encourage ambitious ideas, and we never give up or give our second-best effort. Curiosity, humility, and determination in the face of tough challenges help make the world better for all of us. So we believe the future is bright, because we're building it together.