Senior Controls Engineer

ASR Group/Domino Sugar

Baltimore, MD 21217

Posted 1 week ago

Job Description

ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal. ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize. The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.


Reporting to the Maintenance and Engineering Manager the successful candidate will have responsibility for leading control engineers in maintaining and enhancing the Company’s control systems at Baltimore Refinery, and supporting Corporate Controls and implementation of systems policy and procedure as required.


+ Oversee the day-to-day work for the control engineers and contractors; keeping priorities in line with key stakeholders within the refinery.

+ Lead new control systems and control system modifications including working to ISA standards, process functional safety standards and hazardous area electrical installation standards.

+ Maintain and enhance control and instrumentation, hardware and software whilst ensuring refinery operations perform to the optimum level. Ensures compliance with established company and regulatory guidelines and procedures to provide high quality service.

+ Provide specialist instrumentation knowledge to the refinery for capital projects and manage the replacement of legacy systems when required.

+ Create and share best practice amongst the controls engineer group, ensuring that the teams at Baltimore are using ‘one system’

+ Ensure knowledge transfer within the controls team so individual expertise and knowledge is shared between team members.

+ Participates in the day-to-day operations of the refinery and implementation of long term projects as well as CAPEX initiatives.

+ Works to control costs and develop strategies to reduce costs, and improve refinery reliability.

+ Evaluate changes/upgrades to process control systems and make recommendations for continuous improvement

+ Contribute to the definition of standards for the development and maintenance of process control systems within the refinery and within the ASR Group, Implementing and maintaining such standards.

+ Lead the management of the health of the control system to minimize downtime including performing routine maintenance and installation of operating system updates.

+ Assist the packing control engineer in supporting the control systems on a number of packing lines, including providing cover during his absence.

+ Provide on call out support in line with the company procedure including providing backup to the other on call engineers.

+ Ability to anticipate problems before they occur to eliminate or mitigate issues

+ Repair and recover control systems after a failure.


+ Provide technical leadership in on going production environment with coordination of projects and changes with plant leadership and operations.

+ Lead the controls team in integrated activities with operations and maintenance and coordinate change management as planned.

+ Provide technical leadership to a controls team and effort during times of unusual difficult technical problems.


+ Baltimore with Occasional Travel to other locations in US.


+ 5%


+ 5 to 10 years experience in an industrial environment or automation systems integrator

+ Resource management

+ Excellent understanding of a range of process control tools and techniques, preferably including Allen Bradley Control Logix and Wonderware System Platform (ASR preferred).

+ Support of legacy control systems such as APACS, PLC 5 and Control Logix.

+ Project management experience

+ Excellent understanding of a range of process control tools and techniques, but specifically Allen Bradley and Wonderware ArchestraA

+ Good knowledge of food processing / FMCG operations.


+ Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or equivalent.


+ Excellent project management skills with strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills

+ Creative problem solver

+ Independent Self Starter/Team Player

+ Ability to anticipate problems before they occur to eliminate or mitigate issues

+ Good written and presentation skills and ability to provide documentation

+ Support the preparation and review of engineering standards, PMs, SOPs, commissioning protocols, user requirement specifications, acceptance test plans, IQ/OQs, Functional Specifications, Design Specifications, and drawings and diagrams.

+ Support the implementation and completion of change controls, CAPAs, and Deviations for automated GMP systems and equipment.

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

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