Automation engineer

Job description

Are you an Automation engineer who likes to automate processes by building automated robot solutions? Are you enthusiastic about integrating third-party machines into a production line? Then the position of Automation engineer at In Ovo can be of interest to you!

Who we are

Over the past 10 years, In Ovo has been developing and implementing our high-tech Ella machine, which can determine the gender of eggs. This prevents the culling of millions of chicks per machine and has a massive impact on animal welfare and efficiency, saves resources, and creates a more ethically acceptable egg production channel. With new legislation and interest from retailers coming up in multiple countries, we see more and more hatcheries requesting the In Ovo solution to support their business. We will grow considerably as a company, continue to improve our machines and will put many machines in the market, in order to end the culling of chicks completely. This way, we will make a significant, positive impact on animal welfare and sustainability in the global poultry sector over the coming years.

You will be joining a young and ambitious team that likes to have fun. The entire team works ambitiously to realize the success of the company and our solutions. This creates many challenges and therefore also many victories, and successes are there to be celebrated. In short: a pleasant and informal atmosphere! Catching up with colleagues is extremely valuable to us to maintain our connection.

What you will do

As our automation engineer, you are part of the R&D team. Supported by our mechanical engineers, you are responsible for integration of third-party machines into our production line. By building automated robot solutions you will automate processes to ensure high quality standards are met and a stable production process is reached. In addition, you are in charge of commissioning the hardware on-site at our customers. Furthermore, you write and test new PLC programs, create technical drawings and schematics to document the work you have done. Next to the process automation of the production line, you’ll manage and/or support the preventive maintenance projects and organize the second line service and support for machines at the sites of our customers. When applicable, you’ll support colleagues, users, departments, and clients with your knowhow on the automation of processes and the maintenance process.

Job requirements

Who we are looking for

As Automation engineer; 

  • You have a background in MBO/HBO/BSc preferably in computer science, mechanical, automation, electrical engineering, or a related field
  • You have affinity and experience with industrial automation (PLC) and preferably also with hardware engineering for at least 3-5 years
  • You are curious to understand the complex technical approach of In Ovo and quickly become familiar with new techniques
  • You have a strong problem-solving ability and experience with using analysis tools for root cause analysis (Lean skills)
  • You are open to new developments
  • Your communication skills (in Dutch and English) are good and you can easily communicate with various levels within the organization.
  • You are involved, stress-resistant, and able to act within a hectic environment

What we offer 

  • Working at a scale-up company, with the unique opportunity to contribute to the development of exciting innovations with a global impact on the welfare of billions of animals
  • Collaboration with smart colleagues in a diverse team
  • Lots of room for own initiatives
  • Salary based on knowledge and experience
  • Flexible working to ensure a balance between family and working life
  • A pension plan

At In Ovo, we embrace diversity. We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive work environment. We firmly believe that a variety of backgrounds & perspectives make our team stronger.


Apply with your resume and a motivation letter. In case you want more information, please contact Annemarie Burgers, HR manager, via or +31 6 18 537 180.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.