CooperStandard Sr Manager IT MES & IIoT in Novi, Michigan

Position Summary

Cooper Standard is selectively seeking a wildly talented, innovative technical leader to build and operate a competency center for MES and IIoT solutions. The Sr. Manager will build and direct a competency center for the architecture, design, development, implementation, testing and delivery of MES/IIoT solutions. This is a high focused area as part of our world class manufacturing quest. The candidate will have the opportunity to shape the direction and make a significant impact on our continued pursuit of driving value through culture, innovation and results.

The ideal candidate must have an excellent understanding of key manufacturing processes, and experience building Scada process control applications, IIoT driven MES solutions and their integration to related enterprise business systems. The ultimate goal is to advance our capability in leveraging AI solutions for next level advancement in manufacturing performance.

To be a successful leader in this role, it will be important to develop good working relationships with IT team members, plant operational personnel, process engineering, Operations management, and our selected technology partners as part of Cooper Standard’s collaborative environment. The position is also responsible for continued definition of the IIoT and MES technology stack and will participate in all phases of planned projects from requirements definition through plant startup in a customer facing role. The ideal candidate will work closely with Project Managers and other technical resources to deliver a successful technical solution which meets requirements for quality, ease of use, resilience, security, budget, and schedule. Travel to various project sites is required for obtaining information, business partner engagement, and engineering support.

Cooper Standard’s goal is to standardize, implement and support its IT solutions globally across 80 manufacturing facilities to leverage best process and practices worldwide.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering/Computer Science or related discipline plus relevant work experience and job progression in Industrial applications with a strong understanding of Manufacturing operations

  • Relevant experience in a variety of IT roles including technical, application development in the controls & automation applications

  • Experience with or knowledge of Inductive Automation’s Ignition platform

  • Understanding of enterprise business systems (SAP ERP/Windchill PLM) used by manufacturing plants and data management between enterprise systems and MES applications

  • Experience with Big Data technologies is a plus

  • At least 3 years managing projects. Exposure to a wide variety of technologies and applications.


  • Solution design principles

  • Industry 4.0 and OT

  • Software development

  • Digital / IoT Platforms

  • Strong communication

  • Consensus building

Job: *IT Management

Organization: *Corporate

Title: Sr Manager IT MES & IIoT

Location: Michigan-Novi

Requisition ID: P158927