Stanley Black and Decker Advanced Manufacturing Engineer - Smart Factory in Decorah, Iowa

Job Description

*As Stanley Engineering Fastening continues this journey with SEF 2.0 and Smart Factory environments, Strong Leadership in the Standards and Deployment of Industry 4.0 Management becomes a significant factor in in ensuring satisfying our customers every day, but also being a key enabler in business alignment, eliminating hidden waste, and increasing our speed. *

Stanley Engineered Fastening is looking for an Smart factory engineer to spearhead projects at the plant level introducing and implementing Industry 4.0 technologies. This will include automation, robotics, IIOT, and any other innovative Industry 4.0 technologies across SEF regional business units. This position will Be at the forefront of understanding and implementing state of the art technologies in these areas and be able to implement into the world of Engineered Fastening.

The successful candidate will be an innovative thinker who can both understand automation/robotics in manufacturing, be able to look a true capability and identify the right place to implement it. A great communicator that can work across diverse team inside and outside the business.The ability to think outside of the box and embrace change will be critical to the success of this role. Automation and Robotic systems are becoming increasingly flexible and intelligent, adapting their behavior automatically to maximize output or minimize cost per unit. Many of these systems have been paramount in achieving significant productivity increases and cost savings. Automation is also not limited to equipment, and can be utilized to dramatically improve business practices, and process as well.

  • Lead the development and deployment of Agile Automation Production Systems and other Industry 4.0 technology.

  • Drive the regions capability to analyze and evolve the systems to ensure constant improvement is maintained at the highest level

  • Lead the local strategy in making the right automation decisions based on solid evaluation practices

  • Ensure the factories in the regions have the best access to advice and the latest technological thinking and possible solutions.

  • Partner with the COE team to ensure standardization and best practices are followed throughout the businesses.

  • Develop the strategies for implementing advances in new emerging technologies

  • Develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards.

  • Utilizes Industry 4.0 elements to improve processes and productivity. Develops proof of concept and then scales up to production levels locally and cross plant.

  • Analyzes data and trends to identify problems and opportunities and makes recommendations to reduce gaps.

  • Lead the development and deployment of Automation and Robotic Systems and lead the study of ergonomically designed interventions that can operate safely in proximity to people.

  • Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes. Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential

  • Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards

  • Develops and prepares formal cost justifications for purchase of Capital Equipment

  • Recommends methods for improving worker efficiency and reducing waste of materials and utilities such as restructuring job duties, reorganizing workflow, relocating workstations and equipment and purchase of equipment.

  • Leads Kaizen events and teams to solve problems and provide for productivity


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, with focus on Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

  • Ability to interact with Automation and Robotic systems to review product design and specifications

  • Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills


  • Experience with PLC programming and ladder logic.

  • 3D/2D CAD (Solidworks / AutoCAD)

  • Ability to read Blueprints, Electrical/Hydraulic Schematics

  • Understanding of GD&T;

  • Create project timelines and manage project budgets

  • Preparing capital equipment justifications and requests

  • Experience with advanced manufacturing techniques and the latest technology advances

  • Understanding of Finite Element Analysis techniques for design optimization

  • Ability to work across multiple teams to build consensus and drive decision making

  • Project management skills to define, manage and deliver projects

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability stay current with current technologies and industry trends.

  • Ability to perform effectively within budgetary guidelines

  • Decisive and confident, open and candidate with the ability to energize others

  • Strong sense of urgency and personal commitment

  • Possesses excellent written, verbal and presentation skills

  • Proficiency utilizing operations/computer simulation

  • Ability to work with many different disciplines across all levels of organization

Learning & Development The job holder will work across with product design teams and manufacturing leaders across our 32 + global sites to energize our thinking and capability of building on the latest technologies and deploying advanced manufacturing techniques that are appropriate and proportionate, leading to growth and development in the following areas:

  • Cross region project management

  • Influencing the businesses decisions on projects and capital investments

  • Opportunities to fine tune financial acumen

  • Role could lead to potential opportunities in Operational Leadership or Product Management in a commercial role

EEO Statement

All qualified applicants to Stanley Black & Decker are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.

Requisition Number: 55328BR

City: Decorah

Business: US - SEF Group Functions