Job Description



Serving the needs of all families with young children, Carter’s Inc. is the largest North American apparel retailer exclusively for babies and young children, encompassing Carter’s, OshKosh B’gosh, Skip*Hop and Little Planet brands. Meaningful work, constant learning, genuine people, and a community guided by core values that promote inclusion and innovation is in everything we do. There are many reasons to build your career at Carter's.

How you’ll make an impact:

     The Controls Engineer will oversee material handling and automation controls in our distribution center. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining current equipment, implementing upgrades, and developing a strategic roadmap for future enhancements. This role requires a strong technical background in PLC’s, machine to human interfaces, and automation systems, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Be the point of contact to troubleshooting and advise when major downtime occurs internally and externally with vendors. 
  • Manage and oversee all aspects of material handling and automation controls within the distribution center.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot existing equipment to ensure optimal performance and minimal downtime.
  • Develop and implement upgrade plans to enhance efficiency, reliability, and scalability of control systems.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including operations, engineering, IT and vendor to define requirements and priorities for control system projects.
  • Lead the design, programming, and commissioning of PLCs and machine to human interfaces for new equipment installations and upgrades.
  • Develop and maintain documentation including control system diagrams, manuals, schematics and procedures.
  • Train and mentor junior engineers and technicians on control system best practices and procedures.
  • Stay current with industry trends and advancements in automation technology to recommend innovative solutions for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations in all control system designs and implementations.

We’d Love to hear from you if: (Requirements section)

Must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or related field.
  • Strong technical expertise in generating new PLC programs using TIA (Total Integrated Automation) SIMATIC's Manager, WinCC, C/C++ software.
  • Certified Controls Engineer (CCE), Control Systems Engineering (CSE) or equivalent certifications related to role.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in control systems engineering within an automated distribution center environment, with a focus on material handling and automation controls.
  • Great written, verbal, and presentation abilities.
  • Strong technical expertise in computer-aided design and drafting software.
  • Strong technical expertise in reading, interpreting, and updating electrical schematics.
  • Strong technical expertise in HMI development and industrial communication protocols.
  • Proven experience in developing and executing upgrade plans for control systems, including equipment selection, integration, and testing.
  • Solid understanding of material handling equipment such as conveyors, sorters, AS/RS systems, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrate excellence in programming, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of controls components and systems.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Experience with project management methodologies and tools is a plus.
  • Advanced mathematical reasoning
  • Critical organizational leadership skills or certificates, i.e., Root Cause Corrective Action, Failure Effects Mode Analysis, Lean Six Sigma, Business Process Management, and/or Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA). 

OUR Team Members:

  • Lead Courageously: Have a strong sense of personal values that align with our Company values
  • Collaborates Broadly: Build cooperation, trust, and thrive in a consensus driven environment
  • Customer Focus: Proactively seek opportunities to leverage data and fact-based insights to serve customers and/or internal clients
  • Drive Growth: Set aggressive goals and implement plans precisely
  • Cultivates Innovation:  Respectfully challenge the "we’ve always done it this way" mentality and explore new ways to achieve desired outcomes

Make a career at Carter’s:

  • Career Development: Success starts from within, and we have several paths from which you can choose to enhance your career evolution. From Carter’s University to Toastmasters to mentorship programs and more, we encourage you to utilize these tools to elevate your professional prowess.

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties described may be changed or reassigned at the discretion of management, and the employee may be required to perform duties that are not listed in the job description.

Carters is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

Application Instructions

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