Smart Factory Sr. Applications Architect
Kohler Co.

Kohler, Wisconsin

Smart Factory Sr. Applications Architect 

Work Mode: Remote

Location:  Remote


This position is a critical role in Kohler's Smart Factory digital transformation initiative, in which the Enterprise Information Technology (IT) and Manufacturing Systems and Process Technology (MSPT) teams are partnering to deliver solutions to Kohler's diverse global manufacturing sites.

As a member ofKohler's Enterprise IT organization, this position has the responsibility forthe solution architecture, functional design, testing, deployment and supportof Smart Factory IT applications, which will also include partnering withinternal teams and vendors for the technical development.  The scope of this position includes utilizingand evolving available solutions and platforms, as well as, the continuousexploration of evolving Smart Factory technologies.

The ideal candidate will have a strong IT application backgroundalong with experience  developing andimplementing solutions to support manufacturing process requirements.  The candidate should have experience with theimplementation and integration of enterprise level systems such as ERP.  The candidate should have an understanding ofIT infrastructure including networking, servers and hardware (end user) devicesused in manufacturing.  The candidateshould also have understanding of cyber security.   Experiencewith MES, SCADA and/or PLCs is a plus.  Thisposition provides opportunities for domestic and international travel.

Technical advisor of thedesign, implementation and maintenance of Smart Factory systems. Preparearchitecture design materials and capable of presenting to upper management.Develop and monitor policies, procedures, and standards documents. Provideon-call escalation support of systems. Establish service level agreements withcustomers. Establish and review capacity, utilization and other performance.Capable of participating in multiple concurrent development projects.Collaborates directly with all management levels and project leaders todetermine system objectives and solutions. Provides updates to the SmartFactory COE. May act as a mentor. Provides technical direction to IT staff inthe performance of assigned projects.


  1. Provide spirited positive leadership in the design and implementation of IT systems.  Challenge obsolete practices, question accepted truths, and eliminate non-value-added processes. Develop practical systems scope that enhances the business function.  Control the project scope, resources, and quality within budget and schedule to meet objectives.
  2. Provide analysis, counsel, and direction to management and personnel of operating units to analyze problems and develop solutions, as well as assure efficient operation of existing systems.  Maintain an understanding of manufacturing processes and the implications of computer systems on these processes. 
  3. Direct, schedule, coordinate, and evaluate the efforts of information technology, user and vendor personnel assigned to a specific systems project.  May directly supervise and be accountable for a small team.
  4. Prepare and conduct project review meetings and management presentations including general design review, project scheduling, test plan, system and program tactics and methods, system controls, procedures, systems documentation, and system implementation plan.
  5. Prepare and publish systems project designs, plans and status reports.  Comply with systems development methodology, standards, procedures, guidelines, priorities, and schedules.

 Other responsibilities include:

  • Develop high-level system specifications.  Assist in developing system documentation.  Advise on user procedures.  Assist in the preparation of general test plan.  Coordinate system tests.
  •  Participate in educational programs and professional societies involving supervisory skills, computing technology and systems methodologies.  Seek ways to expand business knowledge.
  • Conduct educational programs involving company personnel relating to computing technology and specific projects.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Create and maintain architecture design and standards that are simply explained and well understood, on both the factory floor and leadership.
  • Enable an efficient and effective organization that removes barriers between tradition OT and IT roles
  • Be the architecture partner with plants and the Corporate IT organization to develop effective, low cost and highly secure smart manufacturing systems
  • Provide strategic direction, roadmap and standards within area of responsibility
  • Align business strategies with IT architecture
  • Be the solution specifier, subject matter expert and keeper of the standards for automation solutions, manufacturing software and hardware.
  • Life cycle management of IT architecture for the plant and the enterprise
  • Stay updated on new solutions and technologies, be innovative and bring new technology solutions to the business
  • Manage business relationships with local IT and controls engineers, external service providers, suppliers and partners.


  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology or Manufacturing Engineering preferred
  • Significant depth of expertise and track record of accomplishments in multiple IT technology areas, focusing on manufacturing and operations.
  • Experience working with different architectural domains including Business, Information, Application and Technology along with all sub-components / building blocks of the architectural domains. Familiarity of architecture and design of plant information network, Control network, control systems, PLC's, SCADA, plant instrumentation a plus.
  • Good understanding of architectural aspects like Integration Architecture, Security Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture etc. which plays as key IT enablers to Smart Factory technology.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. 

We will consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this opportunity.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates' development to make that happen.  So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual's personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.  

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities.  We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

It is Kohler's policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact  Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the Federal EEO is the Law and the EEO is the Law Supplement .

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