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Posted November 15th

Operational Technology Engineer

Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Posted November 15th

Operational Technology Engineer

Fort Smith, Arkansas






Full Time

Company Name: Pernod Ricard

Location: Fort Smith, AR

Working for Pernod Ricard USA means creating great company every day. It means working for the co-leader in the global wines and spirits industry - and collaborating with passionate people on successful premium brands in an entrepreneurial way.

Our people are at the core of our success. Everyone adds a vital ingredient to our mix, bringing a personal touch and individual qualities that make Pernod Ricard even better. We work together with a shared commitment to our values:

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit;
  • Mutual trust;
  • A strong sense of ethics; and
  • A relentless commitment to growth

  • Pernod Ricard USA rewards both individual initiative and a spirit of collaboration and encourages ongoing professional development and growth. We believe in championing an inclusive culture that embraces differences and encourages employees to challenge themselves and their colleagues. We never settle for "good enough" but stretch ourselves and our teams towards improvement and progress in all we do.

    Learn more about our history, values, strategies and organization by visiting us at

    Note: All candidates must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 (at least two weeks after last vaccine dose) and present proof of upon hiring unless you qualify for a reasonable accommodation based on a disability or sincerely held religious belief (effective December 8, 2021).

    Aim of the Job

    Ensure that the Operational Technology (OT) architecture within manufacturing supports the Operational and Security demands.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Develop and secure a reliable OT environment for manufacturing based on best praxis in the group. Contribute to develop the environment and contribute to the global community dedicated to this topic. This role and its responsibilities could apply to multiple factories.

    Mission 1: Responsible for the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) cybersecurity.

    Make sure that, together with the global Expert team, global IT Operations and the global Cybersecurity team the cybersecurity of the ICS environment shall be maintained and developed. The items below are the responsibility of the position.

  • Manage OT network support :
  • Maintain and coordinate, together with the global teams
  • OT network design, -asset monitoring, -security
  • OT firewall rules
  • remote access
  • wireless communications for IT and OT
  • Moves, Adds, Changes on switch configurations
  • Report network security status
  • hardware: failures on servers, switches and firewalls, IOS + firmware updates

  • Manage Patching :
  • Maintain and coordinate, together with the global teams
  • Perform security watch
  • Assess patching needs when an advisory is posted
  • Report patching status
  • Fully Accountable, global teams available for support
  • Watch for OT application and control devices security patch release
  • Patch Process: Perform patching testing in specific OT setup
  • Patch Process: deploy patches to workstations, to servers, to OT firewall and OT switches andto IT firewall

  • Manage OT related equipment, including :
  • Maintain and coordinate, together with the global teams
  • Manage, monitor and maintain the Virtual Machines stack
  • Design Virtual Machine templates
  • Define backup strategy and schedule
  • Tools + Configuration backup system
  • Manage and maintain end point protection system
  • Compliance OT local site equipment to policy and procedures
  • Security Governance & Organization
  • Fully Accountable, global teams available for support
  • Provision of Virtual Machines
  • Perform back up restores
  • OT applications and their availability
  • Local workstations on OT network as well as Thin client
  • 3rd parties dedicated application/network solutions within existing OT environment
  • PLC, other industrial controllers, Human Machine Interfaces
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Ensure up to date documentation related to OT network
  • Ensure security in Projects

  • Manage Active Directory (AD), including :
  • Maintain and coordinate, together with the global teams:
  • Domain controller maintenance
  • Group Policy management
  • AD Organisational Unit structure management
  • AD Object management
  • DNS administration

  • Manage Incident management, including :
  • Maintain and coordinate, together with the global teams
  • Cyber Security incident management
  • Cyber Incident and crisis management process
  • Cyber Crisis declaration and communication with site, IT and business
  • Develop recovery procedures
  • Report on past cyber incidents
  • Fully Accountable, global teams available for support
  • Manage non cyber security related incidents
  • non-Cyber Crisis declaration and communication with site, IT and business
  • Test backups and recovery procedures (all OT equipment)
  • Manage, analyze and correlate logs at the site level

  • Stay closely aligned to Global Expert team, provide feedback and ideas for improvement.

  • Mission 2: Contribute to sites development of Industrial Automation platform and OT related initiatives (e.g. Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, MES systems).

  • Participate or individually drive Industrial automation/instrumentation projects or provide topic specific input to projects with Industrial Automation aspects in it.
  • Ensure sites Industrial Automation platform is and stays agile, fit for purpose to serve the affiliates ambitions.
  • PLC/HMI development and troubleshooting understands industrial communications, -safety, -manufacturing and -project management.
  • Drive the industry 4.0/IIOT/MES solutions forward.
  • Specify, design, purchase and supervise the installation and commissioning of instrumentation and industrial automation projects.

  • Required Skills

    Functional Skill-Set:

  • Business and Financial Acumen
  • Communication and Relationship Building
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Customer Service and Quality Orientation
  • Logistics
  • Operations performance optimization
  • Operations Planning optimization
  • Physical Asset Management
  • Procurement
  • Production / Process Management
  • Project and Change Management
  • Risk Management

  • Behavior and Managerial Skills:

  • Strategic Vision
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Results Orientation
  • Live the values
  • Team management
  • People development

  • Required Profile

  • Required Education : Higher Education in industrial automation or IT/OT engineering (BSc).

  • Required Training : adequate to cover the skills required to handle the above topics. Preferable is knowledge on platforms like CISCO, Microsoft Server, VMWare, Rockwell as well as one or several Industrial automation platforms (Siemens, Allen Bradley or similar).

  • Required Professional Experience : several years developing and maintaining industrial automation systems, deep knowledge of IT basics as per platforms above.
  • Language : reading, writing and speaking of the English language, including technical, fluently is mandatory.

  • Pernod Ricard USA offers competitive compensation, performance bonuses and domestic & international career development opportunities.

    Pernod Ricard USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

    Offers will be subject to United States local terms.

    Job Posting End Date:

    Target Hire Date :

    Target End Date :
    Fort Smith, Arkansas