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Plant Engineering Manager



Location: Birmingham 

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
  • Reviews and evaluate new technologies and equipment to improve through put and cost reduction for all systems within the facility
  • Other duties as assigned; travel may be required

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Industrial Management, Environmental Science or equivalent experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in Engineering, Industrial Management, Environmental Science

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent computer skills in up-to-date software such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Project and AutoCAD 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
  • Must have a background in wastewater management, safety and ammonia refrigeration


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.


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: Birmingham

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