Rent the Runway is hiring an

Automation Technician

Malvern, United States

Title: Automation Technician

Reports to: Senior Manager, Dry Cleaning and Chief Engineer

Location: Distribution Center – Secaucus, NJ

Hours: 12pm-9pm

 About Rent The Runway:

Described by Forbes as “Tech’s Next Billion Dollar Star” Rent the Runway is set to disrupt the $1.7T Global Fashion Industry by ensuring that rental is a habitual, convenient, daily part of getting dressed. We believe that every woman in the U.S. and soon every woman in the world, should have a subscription to fashion that is powered by a mobile-first experience, aided by top-notch customer service and serviced by omni-channel capabilities. We also believe that fashion is an industry that should be democratized by giving everyone access to the real thing and the associated feelings of self-confidence that comes with. Since our launch in late 2009, we have raised over $125MM and built a transformative business model, proprietary technology all coded in-house, a unique reverse-logistics operation and one of the most beloved brands on earth. 5MM women in the U.S. are members of our community - many have used Rent the Runway for some of the most important events in their lives. We have also launched a foundation to support female entrepreneurship and help women build scalable businesses. There is a revolutionary spirit in our founding DNA that permeates to our culture today; Our team is smart, aggressive, entrepreneurial and ready to continue challenging old systems and rewriting new rules.

Position Overview:

Performs root cause analysis of equipment, part, and process issues then implements or recommends solution. Improve equipment reliability and machine performance by assisting in the implementation of effective preventive maintenance procedures and performing redesign or systems upgrades.  Performs advance troubleshooting, repair, and preventive maintenance of automated machines, stand along assembly equipment and auxiliary equipment related to production.  Also perform maintenance and repair of facility related equipment and structures. Trains lower level technicians in all areas of equipment repair and maintenance. 


Demonstrates behavior that is consistent with the company’s values.



  • Technical Leadership: Leads effort in resolving distribution floor issues related to equipment readiness and process compatibility. Performs root cause analysis then implements or recommends solution to ensure production goal is met.
  • Equipment Reliability and Machine Improvement: Assist in implementing effective preventive maintenance procedures. Improves machine performance through reengineering. May require implementing redesign and fabrication of new parts; replacing outdated or obsolete component with modern component; editing PLC program and servo, robotic, or motor control parameters.
  • Performs advance troubleshooting, timely repairs, and preventive maintenance activities.
  • Trains employees as needed in all areas of equipment repair and maintenance. Provides feedback on their technical abilities and performance.
  • Seeks to improve own skill level.
  • Generates and implements equipment maintenance SOPs.
  • Mentoring and coaching employees to achieve production goals.
  • Partners with team leads and/or machine operators to ensure all materials are on-hand to limit or reduce down time.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.




  • Industry certificate(s) or equivalent training from a technical school is required.
  • Electrical training or experience preferred.  
  • Boiler license preferred      
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a related field required.
  • Excellent mechanical skills
  • Strong pneumatics experience 
  • Have excellent customer service skills. Maintain positive, cooperative, and professional attitude while focusing on serving internal customers. Understands needs and expectations.
  • Have strong organizational, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Be adaptable to change.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills to work as member of a team. Possess the ability to teach and pass on skills and knowledge to others.
  • Have the ability to interpret engineering drawings, schematics, and associated engineering documentation.
  • Able to read and interpret ladder logic diagrams. Have ability to write and modify PLC programs using a PC interface.
  • Have computer literacy to be able to use CMMS, email communication, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Proficient in the use of precision measuring instruments (electrical metering equipment, multi-meters, calipers, and gauge pins, etc.).