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Principal Project Engineer - Cleveland, TN, Waco, TX, Chicago, IL


Cleveland, TN, US, 37311


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:             Principal Project Engineer – Packaging Equipment

Location:            Cleveland, TN/ Chattanooga, TN/ Chicago, IL/ Hackettstown, NJ/ Waco, TX

Segment:            Wrigley Confectionery



The Packaging team executes all phases of packaging equipment projects building the capabilities and capacity needed to drive our business forward.  We pick up where processing ends and take the product through all phases of packaging and handling to the factory product dispatch dock doors. The technologies Involved are varied and typically begin with product delivery / distribution and extend through primary, secondary and tertiary packaging machines / systems to the finished pallet.

The Principal Project Engineer – Packaging is a member of the Packaging Leadership Team. As part of the Leadership Team, this associate will have a large role in creating and driving the engagement, safety, quality and excellence culture of the team, be responsible for establishing standards and procedures and developing associates to continuously improve the delivery of the team, be a widely recognized leader among Internal and external stakeholders, often solely representing the function and deliver our most complex projects and programs.


Key Responsibilities

This role is a member of the Packaging Leadership Team. The role will leverage technical leadership and use broad ranging influence to:

  • Create / support a culture of high engagement, business focus and excellence in execution.
  • Develop team members technical, business and executional capabilities through Influencing / Coaching / Mentoring to gain a sustained technical competence advantage.
  • Establish standards that drive business efficiency as regional functional technical lead and as a key member of global technology teams.
  • Drive business Initiatives to give MarsWrigley a competitive advantage through broad engineering and stakeholder community engagements and Influence.
  • Communicate and collaborate with a broad customer / partner / stakeholder network to ensure all project objectives are clearly defined, business focused and achieved with the lowest cost and fastest execution.
  • Manage higher value / higher complexity projects typically requiring leading cross functional teams ensuring delivery across all phases of all projects.



  • BS degree in Engineering; an advanced degree in Engineering or MBA considered a plus
  • 10+ years’ experience in a comparable technical position - food, beverage, pharmaceutical or related industry preferable
  • Proven track record in successfully executing capital projects of greater than $10M value.
  • Demonstrated ability to safely manage consultant engineering firms as well as mechanical and electrical installation contractors in a factory environment.
  • Proven deep understanding of engineering principles - knowledge of engineering disciplines: Process, Packaging, Electrical/Controls, Construction, Utilities
  • Prior knowledge and experience in food safety and clean design a plus
  • Strong communication, listening, and influencing skills
  • 20%-50% travel requirement


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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