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Automation Software Engineer in Shanghai at ZF

Date Posted: 12/10/2018

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Job Description


Main Objectives
IT Application development for factory automation and daily operational support for:
1. Assembly factory automation systems
2. Second level support for assembly line factory automation systems
3. Knowledgebase documentation
4. Consulting for automation applications, network infrastructure and industrial equipment in the production.
5. Part of an international development team. 

Key Responsibilities
1. Ensure the factory automation systems in the assembly area perform according to operational objectives including but not limited to product specification, governmental regulations, process performance targets, and internal and external customer requirements
2. Work together with the central software development department for automation software in Germany
3. Provide technical clarification and resolve problems that impede production
4. Gather, analyse, document, and program changes/enhancements in conjunction with local departments such as planning, production, quality, and maintenance.  The main focus is on conception, programming, and implementation of databases for controlling of production systems
5. Train the plant automation team and help them in resolving problems or issues affecting the final test systems (if team is implemented)
6. Participate in the conceptual design of the infrastructure between servers / networks / clients and the machine connections
7. Participate in the development of technical specifications for the IT equipment purchases as well as the development of contract specifications for control systems and the integration into the automation environment
8. Create IT concepts for effective business processes for the assembly lines and in general SCADA systems
9. Document problems and solutions in ZF standard systems
10. Support TS16949 processes
11. Travel locally and internationally as required


Basic Requirements
Working experience 1~3+ years experiences as IT specialist or consultant
Education Four years’ degree in computer science, electrical engineering, industrial automation, or equivalent IT experience required
English   Fluent, spoken and written
German Knowledge of German is an advantage
1. Experience with Microsoft SQL databases and .Net programming
2. Active MQ message bus technology
3. Solid knowledge of MS Windows Server and client operating systems
4. Knowledge of PLC communications OPC and Siemens S7
5. Citrix technology
6. Solid knowledge of web based technologies

1. Project experience in implementing IT systems and project management methods
2. Knowledge of industrial business processes, particularly the automotive industry
3. Experience with industrial equipment and industrial networks
4. Strong troubleshooting and diagnostic skills with the ability to think logically and analytically
5. Experience working in teams

Requirement, Professional Skills and Abilities
1. Ability to advise non-technical customers on technical issues
2. Ability to manage national and international projects at other locations
3. Good communication skills
4. Willingness to travel (up to 30%) - both within Asia as well as abroad
5. Experience working in cross-functional and/or global teams
6. Ability to work independently and on a team.
7. Ability to share knowledge and work together in a distributed global team (team player).
8. Quick study – the ability to rapidly absorb new topics, technologies, expertise.
9. Solid organizational and project management skills
10. Solid interpersonal skills, verbal and written abilities
11. Openness, honesty, team spirit, careful and accurate working style.
12. Able to work under time pressure, with attention to details.
13. Good team work experiences.

Contact Information

Vicky Zhang,


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