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Senior Engineering Project Manager


Brentwood, TN, US, 37067


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Job title:             Senior Engineering Project Manager

Location:            Franklin, TN

Segment:            Petcare



The Senior Project Manager is responsible for all aspects of planning and executing projects from ideation to project closure.  The Senior Project Manager is an active member of Engineering team, and applicable project team(s).  The Senior Project Manager is responsible for leading project teams to successfully plan and execute projects.  The Senior Project Manager is responsible for Influencing/Coaching/ Mentoring Project Team Members.  Additionally this position has functional lead responsibility for the segment and is an active member of the global technology team.  


Senior Project Managers are intended to manage higher value projects and develop their project team members.  Typically the value of these projects is over $50MM in value and/or have annual spend of $25MM.  Alternately, lower value projects of higher complexity may also be assigned.  Either of these project types require that the Senior Project Manager lead a cross functional team. 


Key Responsibilities


  • Develop personal leadership and managerial skills to continuously improve the effectiveness of the technical function
  • Foster the functional and effectiveness competence development of self and team members
  • Drive for Excellence in Execution
  • Stay current in the most state of the art functional tools and methodologies



  • Support Sites with Technical capabilities as assigned.
  • Ensure delivery of scope, time, budget, and cash flow for all projects
  • Develop projects that are technically feasible to meet business and segment plans
  • Promote and follow the established ways of working
  • Communicate and collaborate with all Stakeholders and other functions to ensure all project objectives are clearly defined and achieved.
  • Lead team members to gain and a sustain a technical competitive advantage
  • Drive initiatives that shorten new product and project cycle times to deliver first to market
  • Drive initiatives that improve implementation efficiencies as well as operational efficiencies
  • Drive lean ways of working in the engineering process and as a project deliverable
  • Drive decisions to improve business measurements such as ROTA, FATR etc.
  • Drive the project development process.
  • Possess experience in 2-3 Functional Technologies (food, pet process, packaging, etc)



  • Stay current with all applicable technology developments
  • Provide project solutions with value added engineering and lean design
  • Deliver projects that maximize asset utilization
  • Support the development of technology platforms and innovation for providing a sustained technical advantage
  • Drive to identify, protect and expand intellectual property of corporation.
  • Drive, support and develop standards for equipment, systems and engineering processes or assigned functional area and collaborate with other senior engineers and global technical teams
  • Develop external business relationships including construction contractors and engineering resources
  • Proactively develop practices and methodologies that increase the effectiveness and reduces the costs of engineering
  • Provide leadership and engineering knowledge required to plan and execute projects
  • Drive adherence to Safety, Security and Environmental policies and standards
  • Drive adherence to Global Quality & Food Safety policies and standards
  • Drive adherence to Global Sustainability in a Generation (SIG) policies and standards



  • Support the adherence to the Five Principles
  • Provide strategic and tactical leadership to project teams, direct reports and the sites
  • Fostering and Sustaining a winning environment which promotes safety, trust and confidence
  • Effectively represent central engineering function at the sites
  • Manage project teams to meet project objectives as agreed by stakeholders before project execution
  • Drive project teams to focus on safety, environmental, food safety, etc. on all projects.
  • Lead cross-functional teamwork across multiple sites.
  • Building high performance teams by Influencing/Coaching/Mentoring Project Team Members
  • Develop team member talent that support excellence in execution and leadership
  • Provide segment leadership for engineering projects with close collaboration with Industrial engineers, activity management lead and supply director.



  • Bachelor degree in Engineering; an advanced degree in Engineering or MBA considered a plus
  • 8+ years’ experience in an comparable technical position - food, beverage, pharmaceutical or related industry preferable
  • Ability to travel 20-60%





Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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