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Mgr Engineering


Location: Albert Lea, MN 

Exemption: Exempt 

Shift: First 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and coordination of all engineering, customer and capital projects, facility maintenance, utility management, contractor selection and management, environmental mandates/programs and activities.  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. Responsible 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 insure 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.
  • Prepares annual Capital Budget using analysis reports from EAM system, with input from the Plant Leadership Team with regards to future projects and growth.
  • 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 & 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.
  • Develops, authors and maintains an effective maintenance library of SOP's, 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, 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.
  • Manage activities of contracted companies/employees, provides support and training as needed to perform duties in an acceptable manner for Ventura Foods, LLC. Maintains rigorous standards for each contractor and holds contractors staff responsible for achieving & maintaining those standards including safety.
  • Manage and support security staff, incorporating necessary duties for HACCP monitoring, foods security, temperature monitoring, fire protection, general facility monitoring.
  • 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.
  • Reviews and evaluate new technologies and equipment to improve through put and cost reduction for all systems within the facility.
  • Responsible for assuring compliance with all Food Safety policies, procedures and regulatory criterion including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated Preventive Controls.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering or Industrial Management, environmental science or related degree or equivalent experience. 
    Minimum 5 years in related fields.

Knowledge and Skills:

Effective interpersonal skills.  Excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills.  Excellent computer skills in up-to-date software for reports, and technical documentation.   In-depth knowledge of plant operation with the ability to recognize mechanical, electrical and structural problems.


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


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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