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Engineering Manager



Location: Albert Lea 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordination of all engineering, customer and capital projects, utility management, contractor selection and management and environmental mandates, programs and activities. Provide budgetary planning and execution in each area of responsibility. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Engineer and manage capital projects including construction projects to adhere to company capital schedules, budgets and time frame. Facilitator/author of success criteria development and implementation. Responsible for monthly and other reports on status of capital projects and for all capital project recordkeeping. Functions as project manager during the development, installation and start-up of capital projects. Responsible for planning, scheduling, coordination, implementation, reports, records and completion of each project
  • Creation and management of CAD drawings of the facility and surrounding grounds to accurately represent current facility layout. Modeling of future projects into current facility layout to assist affected departments in development and acceptance
  • Engineer the removal, installation and location of all equipment and machinery. Responsible for all installations and upgrades to meet all electrical, plumbing, mechanical and safety requirements. Test newly installed equipment to ensure it meets specifications as stated in success criteria
  • Reviews all bids and proposals, then selects and/or makes recommendations of contractor, vendors and equipment. Represent the company when dealing with outside contractors and vendors. Manage activities of contracted companies/employees, provides support and training as needed to perform duties in an acceptable manner for Ventura Foods. Maintains rigorous standards for each contractor and holds contractors’ staff responsible for achieving and maintaining those standards including safety
  • Prepares annual maintenance budget using analysis reports from EAM system with input from the Plant Engineer and Reliability Engineer with regards to future projects and growth. Reviews and evaluate new technologies and equipment to improve through put and cost reduction for all systems within the facility
  • Manage daily activities of the facility maintenance employees, provides development support and training as needed. Develop and implement plans/programs to improve knowledge and training of all facility maintenance personnel. Maintains rigorous standards for each position in the maintenance function and holds staff responsible for achieving and maintaining those standards including safety.
  • Effectively uses all existing maintenance systems, JD Edwards - EAM computer software to manage core maintenance transactions. Works to keep system documentation current and recommends any value-added changes as needed. Develops and distributes cost analysis documentation for budgetary control. Develop, author and maintain an effective maintenance library of SOPs, vendor manuals, process flows and other documentation required for key maintenance activities and equipment. These documents are reviewed and/or edited annually
  • Forklift fleet management, leasing, repair and record keeping. Monthly updates of cost per hour logs for HQ records. Feasibility studies on the implementation of alternate power supply systems and fleet management. Development and implementation of utility management programs including the monitoring of usage, reduction of usage via efficiency, utility audits and resourcing waste streams utilizing recycling centers/outlets
  • Manage and support security staff, incorporating necessary duties for HACCP monitoring, food security, temperature monitoring, fire protection and general facility monitoring. Responsible for assuring compliance with all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned; travel may be required
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Industrial Management, Environmental Science or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience with Engineering Project Management experience in a manufacturing environment, with demonstrated leadership responsibility
  • Experience in a food manufacturing environment with increasing levels of supervisory responsibility
  • Experience with MS Project and CAD required
  • Food manufacturing experience preferred
  • Prefer background in wastewater management and ammonia refrigeration
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent computer skills in up-to-date software such as MS Office Suite for reports and technical documentation
  • Ability to work with plant management personnel, outside vendors and suppliers to identify, install, start-up and optimize process improvements and facility improvements
  • In-depth knowledge of plant process operations with the ability to identify processing, mechanical, electrical and structural problems and inefficiencies


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Albert Lea

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