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Associate Director, Operations

Company: Linde
Location: Tonawanda
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:

About Linde:

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2021 sales of $31 billion. We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet.

The company serves a variety of end markets including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde's industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.

For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit

Job Overview:

Reporting to the Director of Operations Engineering (LG US), the OES-Controls National Manager will be responsible for Linde's Advanced Control System (ACS) operations support in the United States. In this role you will lead a team of ACS engineers supporting over 400 facilities, ensuring safe and reliable control system operation, in addition to executing moderately complex control system engineering projects. The ACS team performs operations support and project engineering work from design to implementation in accordance with Linde policies and procedures.

The selected candidate will work closely with other groups, and many times will co-lead programs through development. Close interaction with Corporate IT, Linde Engineering Americas, and other corporate and regional businesses is expected. The successful candidates should develop a team capable of making technical decisions based on full awareness of viability, cost, and other benefits.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Managing a team of over 20 process control engineers across five region-based business units throughout the U.S. supporting over 400 facilities ensuring safe and reliable control system operation
  • Supervising the Operations OT Security Team of 4 engineers that maintain the integrity of Linde's North American Plant Operations Network infrastructure through policy enforcement and the close interaction with Corporate IT
  • Co-leading a team of domestic and global process control engineers developing Linde's Next Generation Human Machine Interface for optimized plant control
  • Program manager of US Industrial Gases Next Generation Human Machine Interface deployment
  • Project management of control system engineering projects with an annual portfolio of $1MM
  • Administer and maintain control system standards, policies, procedures, and best practices in support of business needs
  • Continuously strengthen group through staffing, assignments, training, and succession planning
  • Interface with cost reduction and project engineering teams to implement standard technology solutions for large capital expenditure on new and existing plant designs
  • Provide plant operations feedback to control system Community of Practice to improve existing and new standard designs.
  • Implement systems related work associated with HMI data collection, IMPAC and Central Control Room systems.
  • Accounting of five cost centers to stay within assigned budget
  • Participate in Root Cause Analysis meetings as the control systems' subject matter expert to drive resolution and new standards for implementation.
  • Provide quarterly project and support updates to operations regional management.
  • Facilitate technical direction to team members and provide additional control system support when required.
  • Coordinates team meetings and decisions; provides technical direction to team members.
  • Interface with internal and external customers/suppliers.
  • Keep current with state-of-the-art tools, design practices and concepts.


    • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Systems, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent work experience
    • 10+ years of relevant work experience, at least 3 of which in a supervisory capacity
    • Acknowledged expert with extensive experience and knowledge in the field of ACS engineering, including at least one type of PLC/DCS, HMI, Scada, Alarm management system
    • Experience with industrial controls network architecture, hardware, and software interfaces
    • Understanding of verification and validation processes
    • Working knowledge of other fields, i.e., process, electrical, cyber security, wireless standards
    • Rockwell PLC/PAC (PLC5, ControlLogix) programming (Preferred).
    • GE iFix HMI configuration and process engineering experience (Preferred).
    • Understanding of P&ID diagrams, schematic wiring diagrams, ISA symbology for hardware and software, I/O distribution, PLC / PAC configuration.
    • High level analytical ability where problems are unusual and complex
    • Multi-tasking and effective time management
    • Able to provide off-hours support as necessary to solve problems occurring where direct support team is unable
    • Ability to travel up to 10%
    • Passionate about leading a technical team towards common goals and high-quality achievements through goal setting, guidance, training, development, mentoring and coaching
    • Further you must possess proven leadership, team building, and decision-making skills, as well you must be reliability and efficiency focused and possess strong planning and execution skills
    • Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to motivate and lead a diverse workforce to achieve desired results

      At Linde, we strive to create a work environment that treats all employees with respect, supports new thoughts and ideas, encourages growth and development, celebrates our differences, and embraces inclusion. Linde is committed to remaining an employer of choice for the diverse, ever-increasing pool of global talent. To learn more, visit About Linde.

      We offer a comprehensive competitive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, health, dental, disability, life insurance, 401(k) (with matching), and pension benefits.

      Linde thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview will be contacted.

      All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by applicable law.

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