Manager Automation Software R&D & Data Science – Heerlen

Heerlen 40 uur #9163

Within the Global Automation R&D and Commercialization department, RANPAK is looking for a Manager of Automation Software R&D and Data Science! With your passion for automation and your technical knowledge, you are just the person for this job. If I am talking about you, please continue reading, and let’s have a chat, soon.

De organisatie

Founded in 1972, Ranpak’s goal was to create the first environmentally responsible system to protect products during shipment.

Ranpak’s mission is to deliver sustainable packaging solutions that help improve supply chain performance and costs, reduce environmental impact, and support a variety of growing business needs globally. With this, they deliver an important contribution to reducing the global plastic crisis.

The development and improvement of materials, systems, and total solution concepts have earned Ranpak a reputation as an innovative leader in e-commerce and industrial supply chain solutions. Besides Protective Paper Solutions Ranpak invests heavily in its Automation division. The Automation division delivers high-tech equipment and robotics solutions that support reducing unnecessary voids and material usage during package transport while reducing labor in intralogistics processes. They deliver this to fast-growing and developing E-commerce and industrial applications. To achieve this they invest heavily in innovation to meet the increasingly demanding needs in the fields of automation, robotics, and AI.

Within the Global Automation R&D and Commercialization department, they are looking for a Manager Automation Software R&D and Data Science, who spearheads software developments for their various Automation & Robotics product developments as well as adds value through data-driven decision-making by making their equipment intelligent like the fields of predictive maintenance, uptime improvement, increase output, etc.

You’ll be reporting to the VP of Automation R&D and Commercialization. The role will be operating from Ranpak’s Automation site in Shelton, Connecticut USA, or Heerlen, The Netherlands.

De functie

Software development of new Automation products.

  • Manage the development, testing, and installation of software for NPIs (New Product Introductions) related to innovative, new, Ranpak Automation products;
  • Deploy uniform, interactive, easy-to-use, and stylish UI/UX for all products;
  • Develop and maintain software architecture for safe and reliable connection with WMS/WCS of customers;
  • Develop, manage and optimize software build processes with clear software release management protocols/systems;
  • Find and implement simulation software for virtual commissioning in cooperation with CAD engineering specialists.

Work with Ranpak’s Information Technology department (IT) to develop and maintain software that adheres to best practices for remote software deployment, ongoing maintenance, and security software standardization & harmonization for Automation products.

  • Define the ideal future state of the hard- and software of Ranpak Automation products & proposing strategic decisions to standardize hard- and software within Ranpak;
  • Automation of product portfolio;
  • Stay on top of new technology trends and data exchange tools such as OPC/UA, IBM/MQ messaging, etc. to take a universal approach to hardware and software architecture;
  • Together with Engineering conclude and decide on hard- and software alignment and standardization for existing Ranpak Automation equipment.

Data Science.

  • Defining & implementing Data Science Roadmap from standard reporting all the way to predictive and prescriptive analytics in relation to the Ranpak Automation product portfolio in alignment and collaboration with key Ranpak stakeholders in Product Management, IT, R&D, Engineering, and Service;
  • Define and plan data dashboarding solutions, and ensure all BI and data solutions are tested and documented according to Ranpak’s high-quality standards.


  • Manage a global team of R&D Software Engineers and a Data Scientist;
  • Build a strong working relationship with the Ranpak IT department;
  • Ensure alignment with regional Engineering organizations in EMEA and North America and serve the needs of Product Management, Service, and Operations;
  • Liaise with the R Squared Robotics division of Ranpak for technical alignment and integration.

Het profiel

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or Controls/Mechatronics;
  • At least 6 years experience working with automation hardware and software and minimum 3 years being in a manager’s role with direct reports;
  • Knowledge of production processes, automation technology, and guidelines about standards and machines;
  • Advanced knowledge of PLC technology (different brands) and user Interfaces (design);
  • Experience in emulation/simulation of PLC software in CAD environment;
  • Experience with automated as well as operational systems (WCS/WMS/SCADA systems);
  • Strong proficiency and expertise in software toolings like C++ (preferably), Python, C-sharp, SQL, and Java;
  • Familiar with compliance standards such as UL, CSA, CE, etc.;
  • Pro-active mindset: quick learner with the ability to pick up new technologies/skills and business knowledge;
  • Excellent time management skills, the ability to multi-task and prioritize;
  • Ability to simplify technical concepts using user-friendly language;
  • Team player with good communication skills with proven ability to deal with colleagues at all levels in the organization;
  • Fluent verbal and written communication skills in English.

Het aanbod

  • The possibility to make an impact in a fast-growing stock listed company;
  • A competitive remuneration package;
  • 30 vacation days;
  • Bonus scheme;
  • Working in a collaborative culture, informal but highly results-focused;
  • Interesting learning & development opportunities;
  • Company laptop and cell phone;
  • Travel expense allowance;
  • Flexibility to work from home.

Meer informatie

  • Xhenita Vllasaliu
  • M: 0640622367
  • E:
Meer informatie over deze vacature

Xhenita Vllasaliu

Recruitment Consultant