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Engineering Director

Location: Fresno, CA, United States

Job Function: Operations

Req Number: 443

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We are a global leader in food & beverage ingredients. Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable, and transparent supply. Supplying products and ingredients on a scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious and nutritious products. With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices so they can create naturally good food & beverage products that meet consumer expectations. And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real.
Position Summary
Under the direction of the Sr. Vice President, Operations Head Industrial Spices, the Engineering Director has the responsibility for engineering, capex and plant upgrades. The position will develop detailed execution plans for projects and implement those plans within budgets by organizing and controlling project elements to ensure Right First Time (RFT).  The Engineering Director is directly responsible for managing the engineering department activities across multiple shifts and locations to ensure that work produced meets quality, safety and cost metrics.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Create and implement strategy to drive engineering capex and project management in Industrial Spices plants.
  • Develop and revise capex and project management policies and procedures.
  • Accountable to deliver Capex and Project Management portfolio of projects on cost, schedule and scope through the phases of the projects.
  • Provide subject matter expertise with technical capabilities for Engineering areas across all West Coast facilities.
  • Coach Engineering/ Project Managers and Engineers to develop technical quality, engineering and project management competencies.
  • Report and analyze all engineering metrics.
  • Liaise with regulatory authorities on capex and project management.
  • Develop project objectives by reviewing project proposals and plans in agreement with stakeholders.
  • Determine project specifications by studying product design, requirements, and performance standards. Review quotes from contractors, prepare cost estimates and Capex proposals (CARs) as per operations guidelines.
  • Identify project phases and elements. Determine project schedule by studying project plan and specifications. Calculate time requirements by sequencing the project elements.
  • Participate in internal, external customer/contractor meetings and resolves project issues. Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends, recommending actions.
  • Control project costs by monitoring expenditures and maintains project data base on computer systems/MS Projects through team.
  • Maintain product and company reputation by complying with Regulatory/Statutory regulations.
  • Confirm project performance by conducting tests/trials of installed machinery and also implement policies, procedures and systems for capex management as defined by operations leadership team.
  • Remain abreast of current legislation and ensure corporate compliance.
  • Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends, recommending actions as warranted.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required.  Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Fifteen (15) years of related engineering and project management experience in food, pharmaceutical or chemical processing facilities is required.
  • Proven experience in project planning, equipment planning, estimations, execution and Commissioning protocols is required.
  • Demonstrated current knowledge of environmental and sustainability initiatives for food business and experience implementing innovative solutions is required.
  • Good working knowledge of regulatory, legislative and business environment is required. Should have excellent business analysis skills which will be used to create compelling business cases.
  • Candidate should be cost-conscious and able to critically analyses new and existing designs to generate cost reductions.
  • Candidate should be effective at building rapport with stakeholders to achieve a closer working relationship and openness.
  • Effective leadership and facilitator abilities within a team is required. Should have the ability to influence and manage other internal customers and external suppliers/contractors to ensure the timely success of the project.
  • Successful candidate should have a working knowledge of regulatory requirements and processes to obtain Authority to Construct (ATC) and permits to implement various capex projects.
  • Basic understanding of performance contracts, regulatory and business environment is required.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical disciplines, production personnel and executives, both internal and external is required.
The pay for this role in the state of CA ranges from $170,000 - $221,000 and is based on the position responsibilities and geographic location. Actual pay within this range may be determined based on candidate’s experience, qualifications and/or other determining factors.
Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
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