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Engineering Director - Sweet & Cereal

Requisition ID 35722
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Engineering and Maintenance 
Recruiter #LI-PO1
Posting Type LI

Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

This role will provide leadership and direction to a regional engineering team responsible for capacity planning, project identification & development, project management, process optimization, equipment maintenance & reliability, facilities management, and sustainability initiatives across multiple sites and various technologies. 

The successful candidate will collaborate with the business leadership team to assure an aligned engineering and maintenance team to the Food End Use Markets goals and objectives. 

Key responsibilities

  • You will help lead a regional engineering organization that develops capital plans, improves processes, reduces equipment downtime, and maintains facilities & infrastructure. Using continuous improvement tools, leads projects to improve equipment cleanliness, debottleneck processes, improve throughput, reduce waste, and decrease costs. 
  • You will assure compliance with Kerry’s design standards. Leads design groups to assure compliance with safety, quality, and sanitary design standards. Advises and recommends improvements in the area of operational safety for a project. Responsible for ensuring and promoting operational safety, environmental protection and employee health/industrial hygiene within a project. Supports completion of hazard analysis studies (PHA’s/HAZOP’s) for existing and new processes. 
  • Assist with development of capacity versus demand models for all processing lines and identifies bottlenecks using overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) models and equipment usage data.  
  • Create annual and long range capital plans for the End Use Market. 
  • You will be responsible for the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) that detail operations of new equipment or revises SOP’s to reflect changes to operations as a result of modifications to existing equipment. 
  • Assure the commissioning of equipment using installation and operational qualifications

Qualifications and skills

  • Minimum BS in Mechanical/Chemical/Electrical Engineering or equivalent with at least 10 years of engineering experience in the food or pharmaceutical industry. 
  • Must have experience in project, process, and process control systems. Well versed in the development of capacity plans, capital projects, OEE development, project schedules, cost estimates, PFD’s, P&ID’s, site and elevation drawings, and utility management. 
  • Estimated Travel at 30%- 40% within North America. 
  • Passport Holder
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation and organization skills. 
  • Experience with the following processes: 
    • Powder Blending and Packaging
    • Chocolate and confectionary processing
    • Hot extrusion processing of cereal/plant based products- high and low moisture

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         


Nearest Major Market: Lincoln

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