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Project Engineer - Packaging

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Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60654

Date: Feb 15, 2018

Requisition Number: 113214

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.


Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.


Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

 

Position Summary:
Engineers in our manufacturing plants, technical centers, and headquarters provide technical leadership across the Supply Chain. These roles create competitive advantage through exceptional technical innovation, project management, and business partnership. Leveraging reliability and system improvements and manufacturing technology excellence, our Engineers have rich and rewarding careers in Process, Packaging, Controls, Project, Reliability, and Facilities/Environmental Engineering, as well as Engineering and Maintenance Leadership. Our unique dual career ladder facilitates rewards and career progression equally for technical expertise leadership roles as for technical managerial roles.
 
The Project Engineer is a primary technical resource for technical project management.  Their overall role is to identify and lead / manage special and select strategic projects.  Special projects include new manufacturing line construction projects in existing factories, multi-factory projects involving significant changes in process & packaging equipment, as well as building and utility construction and installation.
 
Major Responsibilities:
• Demonstrate technical and business expertise to improve systems, products, and technologies.
• Demonstrate strong troubleshooting skills through the use of continuous improvement techniques (Lean, TPM, Kaizen, and Six Sigma). Show thorough understanding of the interactions between machine, materials, methods, environment, and people to provide robust operating systems.
• Develop/maintain material balances and unit operation capability information to ensure optimal production rates, parameters, and formulas.
• Provide key technical support in capital projects and new product and packaging material testing/start-ups.
• Conduct capacity studies, enhance system reliability, and identify/implement productivity improvements including new technologies.
• Develop/maintain strategic technical improvement plans for systems.
• Serve as a technical liaison for all levels of the company including production/maintenance employees, plant technical and management resources, corporate engineering and R&D organizations, and other plants.
• Develop/deliver technical training for various levels of the organization and serve as a divisional resource in cross-functional platform/technology/product teams.

Principal Accountabilities
 
Business:
• Develop projects that meet business and regional activity plans.
• Communicate with all stakeholders to ensure all project objectives are clearly defined and achieved.
• Ensure delivery of scope, time, budget, and cash flow for all projects.

Leadership:
• Provide strategic and tactical leadership to project teams and the sites.
• Manage technical project associates that may be distributed across multiple sites.
• Drive project teams to focus on safety, environmental, food safety, etc. on all projects.

Decision-making:
• Selection of technology platforms to meet business strategy.
• Cash flow projections and tracking.
• Participate in staffing decisions for Regional Engineering project teams.
• Capital budgets and purchasing for assigned project teams.

 

Education/Training:
• B.S. in Engineering from ABET-accredited program, or Packaging Science or related field.  Prefer MBA or advanced degree in engineering.
• Minimum 6 years related experience in a packaging design environment, quality engineering, and/or CPG manufacturing environment with cross-functional experience.
• In-depth understanding of engineering principals and knowledge of engineering disciplines: Process, Packaging or Electrical / Controls. 
• Experienced working with High Performance Teams.
• Demonstrated track record of strategic thinking, managerial courage, innovation management, interpersonal savvy, project planning, and dealing with ambiguity.
• Total predictive maintenance (TPM) and engineering experience in food or consumer packaged goods (CPG).
 
Experience:
Recognized technical abilities and practical experience with strong capabilities in the following areas:
- Theory/functionality of manufacturing systems and unit operations
- Continuous improvement techniques (Lean, TPM, Kaizen, Six Sigma)
- Food science/chemistry or packaging science
- Statistics and analytical methods
- Process measurement and control
- Advanced computer skills
- Mechanical aptitude
- Troubleshooting
- Ability to understand and apply general engineering principles
- Demonstrated experience in leading and managing up to $10MM capital investments.
- Process and Electrical / Controls experience preferred.
 
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
• Developing and executing major projects
• Managing direct reports and/or project teams
• Excellent critical thinking, communication, listening and influencing skills
• Strong innovation management
• Ability to travel up to 60% required

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, 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.

 


Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Project Engineer, Construction, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Electrical, Engineering

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