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Facebook Lead Controls Subject Matter Expert in Altoona, Iowa


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Facebook is seeking a data center Lead Controls Subject Matter Expert to join our Data Center Facility Operations team. Our data centers serve as the foundation upon which our software operates to meet the demands of our customers. The Lead Controls Subject Matter Expert will be a part of the Facility Operations team. The candidate will lead and manage a team of Controls SMEs who are the data center control system technical operations experts. This role is responsible for reliability and quality of the Building Management System (BMS). This candidate will be equipped with leadership and management skills that will be essential for team alignment to global strategies. In addition to a strong technical capability, this candidate will be equipped with leadership and management skills that will be essential for team alignment to global strategies.

Required Skills:

  1. Hire, develop, mentor, and manage an onsite team of controls subject matter experts, including performance and HR aspects

  2. Ensure appropriate cross-functional collaboration between local mechanical team and applicable local and global teams

  3. Accountable for all Building Management System (BMS) changes and enhancements at the data center as part of a global fleet

  4. Diagnose and repair complex control system malfunctions requiring extensive knowledge of a variety of electronic or digital controls systems, which will require an ability to test and write modifications in multiple languages of systems software

  5. Troubleshoot and repair controls hardware including controllers, relays, measurement devices, actuators, and associated equipment with mechanical and electrical device systems

  6. Review operating equipment data for efficiency improvements, monitor all building systems for abnormal operating trends, and make optimization adjustments accordingly

  7. Collaborate with other disciplines to make modifications to BMS settings to manage the building space

  8. Ensure appropriate cross-functional collaboration between local controls team and applicable local and global teams

  9. Manage controls vendors while supporting site operations, including direct oversight to all system configuration and component upgrades

  10. Responsible for the development of technical scopes and level of risk analysis for retrofit projects and equipment maintenance

  11. Provide QAQC oversight of hardware installation to provide controls scope, review proposals and review programming through commissioning process for new construction and retrofits

  12. Oversee all system configurations and component upgrades to ensure system integrity is maintained and that all modifications to existing systems are in compliance with best practices, including change control processes

  13. Provide technical controls training and support to all Facility Operations staff

  14. Collaborate with the global controls team to provide feedback on global controls strategies and implement global initiatives at the data center

  15. Communicate all issues and upcoming controls work with site management

  16. Other duties as required to support the operation of Facebook data centers

  17. Travel expectations: Can be significant during first 1-3 months for initial training/onboarding and then ongoing occasional travel for factory witness tests, collaboration, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 7+ years of controls experience in programming development, start up, and commissioning of facility systems - central plants, air handling units, and evaporative cooling/humidification systems

  2. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technical studies, Technical School, or equivalent work experience

  3. Working knowledge of critical facility operations with experience or understanding of procedure-based work

  4. Experience in data centers or other critical environments

  5. Working knowledge of mechanical, electrical and life safety systems associated with critical environments

  6. Experience interpreting blueprints/CAD drawings and controls diagrams

  7. Experience working in a highly collaborative, cross-functional environment

  8. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Excel, and Outlook

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience managing direct reports or leading a team

  2. PLC experience

  3. Alerton experience

  4. Experience with software programming languages: Python, PHP, SQL

  5. Experience beyond field technician level - project management, project engineering, and operations management

  6. IT/Networking certification

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at