R.A. Wylan & Co. Inc.,
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Packaging Engineer, Food Packaging Operations

Location: MN
Job Type: Direct Hire
Salary: $1.00 - $10.00
Degree: Bachelor of Science;
Date: 5/15/2018
Job ID: 02595232
Job Description
We are seeking an experienced Project Engineer with strong consumer product packaging, capital equipment installation, and continuous improvement experience within a food manufacturing plant environment. This role will support a local production facility in Minnesota and also provide project management and technical support for several other plants within the U.S. Strong engineering, problem-solving, Lean, Six Sigma, and capital equipment startup/commissioning experience is desired. Prior Engineering or Operations experience with food packaging equipment/systems is highly preferred.  
Our client is a leading supplier of edible seeds, ancient grains, sweet spices, customized grain blends and specialty whole grain flours in the U.S. They are experiencing significant growth as their ingredients are being incorporated into a wide range of grain-based foods to provide distinctive flavor and nutrition. Our client has expertise in helping their customers differentiate their brands with healthy and flavorful grain-based foods.
Essential Job Function Include:
  • Analyze existing systems and identify areas of improvement through process modifications.
  • Develop plans for existing process improvement or new capital equipment including design, selection, installation, and commissioning.
  • Develop and track downtime reporting and trends associated with packaging.
  • Coordinate and manage contractors during all phases of a project. 
  • Develop operational standards for equipment and processes.
  • Generate SOPs for process equipment and control systems for operators.
  • Prepare project cost estimates and capital expenditure requests containing ROI justification.
  • Provide start-up and troubleshooting service periodically at other plant locations. 
  • Access key production data online during normal business hours and off-hours as required.
Qualifications include:  
  • B.S in Industrial Engineering or other technical degree. 
  • 5+ years of Project or Process Engineering experience in a dry food ingredient, flour milling, or pharmaceutical operation.
  • Prior Engineering leadership, supervisory, or managerial experience is a plus. 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus, but not required.
  • Continuous Improvement (CI) training or certification in Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Kaizen, and/or TPM is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of CAD or other process design programs. 
  • Capital equipment installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting experience.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with the ability to solve complex manufacturing issues. 
  • Excellent data analysis skills and well-rounded business acumen. 
  • Independent thinker, creative, imaginative, yet with practical ability to justify project costs.
  • Collaborative work style with the ability to both lead and follow.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 10-20% at times to support projects in other U.S. plants.
Compensation for this position includes an attractive base salary commensurate with experience, bonus incentives, full medical/dental benefits, 401-K, and paid vacation.  Relocation assistance is available for outstanding candidates.