Senior R&D Controls Engineer

Senior R&D Controls Engineer

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The Organization:

Vanderlande is a market-leading, global partner for future-proof logistic process automation in the warehousing, airports, and parcel sectors. Our extensive portfolio of integrated solutions – innovative systems, intelligent software, and life-cycle services – results in the realization of fast, reliable, and efficient automation technology.

The products and processes developed by the R&D group include Shoe Sorters, Cross-Belt Sorters, Pop-up Transfer Sorters, Tilt-Tray Sorters, Bomb-bay Sorters, various types of Belt Conveyor, Individual Carrier Systems (ICS), AGVs/AMRs, Robotics, Custom Software, and more.

Vanderlande offers competitive salary, generous benefits, flexible working hours and ability to work from home (when possible), modern workspaces, amenities such as employee gym, and a genuine focus on people and culture. Vanderlande provides opportunities to display leadership and opportunities for promotion.

The Role:

The R&D Controls Engineer is part of a multidisciplinary team who are responsible for developing and refining products and processes for use in the automated logistics industry. The R&D Controls Engineer is largely focused on programming, but is also engaged in aspects of electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical design. This role requires travel up to 10%, both domestically and internationally.

Core Job Functions Include:

  • Creating and maintaining code libraries for standard equipment
  • Being an internal subject matter expert on controls engineering technology/topics
  • Supporting the controls architecture development and programming required for new products
  • Researching and testing machine controls technologies to support Vanderlande products
  • Defining design and application rules.  E.g. max # of nodes on a fieldbus network, PLC loading, etc.
  • Managing planned obsolescence of controls components related to standard equipment
  • Delivering quality by creating test plans, running risk analyses, and properly testing code


Success in this role will require adopting and embracing an agile mindset; acknowledging the need for learning, experimentation, and continuous improvement, embracing emerging challenges and viewing failure as a learning opportunity, a preoccupation with innovating and delivering steadily more customer value, getting work done in small self-organizing teams, and collaborating together in an interactive network.

Required Areas of Experience/Knowledge:

Allen Bradley PLC Platform (Siemens is a plus)

PLC languages (e.g. Ladder Logic, Structured Text, STL, FBD)

Industrial Fieldbus (e.g. Ethernet/IP, Profinet, Profibus, ControlNet, DeviceNet, ASi, Modbus)

Simulation/Emulation of Equipment

Electrical Design and Industrial Machinery


Preferred Areas of Experience/Knowledge:

Familiarity with Parcel and Airports Logistics

Motor Control Theory

Source/Version Control

Variable Frequency Drives (VFD)

Distributed I/O

Computer Networking (TCP/IP)

Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) Integration

Programming (e.g. Python, C#, Java, HTML)

Predictive Maintenance

Condition Based Monitoring

Embedded Software

IIoT v4 (Industrial Internet of Things)

Machine Safety (ISO13849)


Bachelor’s degree in engineering (or equivalent)

5 years relevant experience

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