Project Engineer

Supply Chain
Downingtown, PA

May 15, 2019

Imagine…working for a company that knows that its people are the key to its success in the marketplace. A company in which achieving extraordinary results and having a stimulating work experience are part of the same process.

We cultivate and embrace a diverse employee population. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our growth and enrich our global culture.

We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

General Summary

This position is responsible for supporting the execution of the plant’s annual capital plan to support the Company’s overall strategic objectives, with a focus on safety, product quality, total delivered cost, low-cost supply chain systems, and plant efficiency. Primary responsibilities include collaboratively planning, managing, implementing, and monitoring assigned capital improvement projects, new equipment installations, and equipment and facility upgrades. This position will also work to improve plant reliability and will interact heavily with all plant departments, including leadership of cross-functional teams.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Collaboratively manages a variety of complex and highly technical capital improvement projects simultaneously (Individual project cost is typically less than $1MM, although some projects may range up to $5MM.). Delivers a technically sound solution through timely, cost-effective implementation to optimize operational effectiveness and efficiency. Provides project management and highly technical direction to multi-disciplined project team members (including external vendors and contractors) to ensure projects are completed to specifications, on budget, and on time.
  • Provides active technical support to Continuous Improvement and Plant Operations to drive performance objectives and improvement initiatives. Investigate and provide solutions to reliability opportunities throughout the plant, utilizing SPC, Lean and Six Sigma methodology.
  • Identifies, either independently or in conjunction with key plant and/or corporate stakeholders, highly complex and multi-functional capital improvement project opportunities that, when implemented, successfully meet the specified criteria relative to the plant’s overall operating strategy and resulting objectives.
  • Provides leadership and direction to department associate members responsible for all plant electrical systems, Lockout and Arc Flash programs. Provides direction on continuous upgrade and maintenance of plant electrical systems.
  • Maintains plant environmental compliance with all air, storm water and waste water permits and requirements. Take the lead on all environmental audits and submit all required documentation for all environmental requirements. Supports plant safety corporate audits as required.

Job Complexity

  • Must be able to identify, align, and execute complex and multi-disciplined project initiatives to support the plant’s key objectives relative to safety, people, quality, delivery, and cost.
  • Must be able to effectively build, leverage, and manage cross-functional relationships to address issues and opportunities to successfully deliver projects to specifications, on budget, and on time.
  • Must apply continuous improvement tools and concepts to each project, identifying the appropriate solution to each issue/challenge from available options, in order to deliver optimal results and maximum positive impact to plant performance.
  • Must overcome employee resistance to change by developing and effectively communciating the business rationale for key projects to drive acceptance of these projects and their expected outcomes.
  • Must build and leverage positive, cross-functional relationships to address identified issues and opportunities to implement best practices, as well as solutions to meet current and future business requirements.

Job Specifications

  • Minimum education required: B.A./B.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Education desired: M.A./M.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Years of relevant experience: 3-5 years of increasingly complex capital project management experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in the food processing/packaging industry.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities required:
  • Functional knowledge of and experience with Electrical/Controls systems; must be able to direct related activities on assigned projects independently.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of food processing/food packaging equipment, technology, regulations, and practices.
  • Experience in managing capital projects with total annual installed value of up to $2MM.
  • Excellent project management, project scoping, estimating, scheduling, and budgeting skills.
  • Computer proficiency and knowledge of software programs such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, AutoCAD, and SAP.
  • Functional understanding of, as well as prone ability to apply, continuous improvement tools to deliver sustainable results. Six Sigma Green Belt certification preferred.
  • Outstanding analytical, organizational, and problem solving abilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams to achieve plant reliability goals.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA Standards for General Industry.

Working Conditions

The working environment includes both office and plant floor settings. Frequent exposure to industrial noise, moving mechanical parts, electrical-powered equipment, temperature extremes, and elevated work stations occurs in operating areas of the plant.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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