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Sr. Engineering Manager

General Description: Position is responsible for partnering with facility leadership teams to provide technical leadership and support to achieve required new products and product improvements, manufacturing cost, quality improvements and manufacturing equipment utilization, reliability, speeds, scrap rates, and efficiency goals.  Additionally, the position is responsible for the leadership of large capital expansion projects for the supply chain network.

 

Essential Duties and Tasks:

  • Provides technical leadership for continuous improvement projects in assigned areas for improvements in efficiency, waste, speeds, quality, and safety. 
  • Works closely with production, maintenance, quality assurance, and research and development to meet daily production goals, priorities, and coverage and special projects.
  • Leadership of large capital projects for the network of facilities.  This includes establishing design parameters, scope, budget, schedule development, contracting methods and team development.  Additionally, ensures the successful execution of the project and acts as primary communications to the Director of Engineering and SLT on Key Project Performance Metrics, critical decisions, risks and challenges. 
  • Ensures the development of detailed project plans and timelines including resource and equipment needs, budgets, outside contractors, purchased equipment and materials, etc. Proactively documents and tracks and communicates project status including problem areas. Ensures work is completed in the required time frame and within budgetary requirements.
  • Works closely with all stakeholders to provide focused daily direction and technical support to crews and maintenance; analyzes and makes recommendations for process improvements.
  • Directs process engineering group on new product / process improvement and materials trials as assigned or required while minimizing production impacts; ensures process engineering team works cohesively with all groups.
  • Ensures that technical capabilities can be provided to support business objectives by recruiting and training necessary personnel on all current, new and upgraded processes.
  • Uses information from teams, production reports, and audits to focus internal and external resources to quickly troubleshoot and solve technical problems. 
  • Acts as a Process Engineer, managing own projects and workloads. Completes tasks on time, within budget, and with expected results. Oversees engineering new, critical process descriptions and databases. Manages process development initiatives, services and service levels. 
  • Partners closely with research and development, production and plant engineering to prioritize and plan project work. Manages demand for process-oriented projects, services and simulates new process designs. Maintains, audits, and updates as needed documentation, insuring process conditions and measurements are defined, documented, and shared with operators. 
  • Promote a safe and harmonious work environment and adherence to company policy and procedures.
  • Maintain compliance with S.Q.F. 2000 – Level 3.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles, methods and problems of operating business functions
  • Knowledge of general computer functions such as Microsoft Office programs, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of insurance and risk management and their application to manufacturing
  • Knowledge of budgeting, fiscal management, and grants and contract management
  • Knowledge of technical, resource, and risk management

Area Specific: Travel may be necessary as required.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in an Engineering discipline of Mechanical/Chemical/Manufacturing/Industrial/Process
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in manufacturing
  • 6 years’ of combined experience and exposure in the following functional areas: GMP and regulatory requirements (required); investigational techniques and tools for process investigations and technical risk assessment (required); principles of cleaning validation, process validation and packaging validation (required); use of data analysis software (required); costing experience (required); technical transfer techniques (required); creating documents including batch documentation, validation protocols, evaluation protocols/reports, investigation reports and SOPs (required); installing, configuring and troubleshooting control panels, instrumentation, electrical and motor controls, and/or network equipment (required); capital project management (required); PLC programming (RSLogix 500/5000, Siemens Step 7) (required); SCADA/HMI programming (Rockwell PanelView line, FactoryTalk View SE, RSView32, Ignition, InTouch) and scripting (Visual Basic, Python/Jython) (required); installation and configuration of control networks (DeviceNet, ControlNet, RS232, DH+, Ethernet/IP, TCP/UDP) (required); applies statistical process control techniques (required); track record of building teams (required); financial planning and budgeting (required).
  • Some level of exposure and/or hands-on experience in any of the following are a plus: experience in conducting statistical analyses; experience working in a plant; experience in software programming and logic tools; experience supporting production or operational efforts; experience working in a public company and private environment; experience in identifying projects to improve yield, lower costs and improve efficiency; experience in planning and budgeting.

 

Principal Process Engineer

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead/Co-lead in the implementation of Global capital projects and/or workstream for the organization, from the conceptualization stage to turnover to the Regions ensuring adherence to all company technical/standards, timetables, approved budgets and optimum personnel utilization. 
  • Provide technical assistance to other departments and divisions for Process development, system audits, and product commercialization.
  • Collaborate with the Regional Process Engineers in preparation of Process Specification.
  • Prepare and review technical documents necessary for the above responsibilities.
  • Lead projects with functional or cross-functional teams to accomplish objectives of innovation and renovation projects.
  • Develop and deliver influencing and strategic technical communication to key stakeholders, management, and team members with compelling technical recommendations and the business case for implementation.  
  • Responsible for simulating, developing, and optimizing processes to fully leverage varying manufacturing capabilities at domestic and international sites.  
  • Identify innovative concepts and technologies, perform rapid technical assessments, and incorporate into functional and commercially viable processes as applicable.
  • Develop, monitor, and control budgets for projects and innovation efforts as applicable.
  • Plan, execute, and evaluate experiments from bench-top through commercialization, including scale-up and qualification, of existing and new manufacturing processes across all product categories.  
  • Where applicable, manage Process Engineering Technician(s) to accomplish department objectives and develop the engineering team.
  • Apply detailed understanding of instrumentation, process control, and all unit operations in a technology platform toward development of Functional Requirements governing process design and control.
  • Apply understanding of IQ, OQ, PQ, validation, and technology transfer concepts for the execution of the engineering projects
  • Apply understanding of HACCP, GMP’s, safety and environmental standards, and regional requirements to innovations in equipment and process design to facilitate the seamless transition of global projects to regions.
  • Prioritize projects based on business value and strategy while setting resource needs for executing against commitments on project timing.
  • In capital projects, provide leadership for process design, process parameters, and qualification.
  • Apply structured problem analysis to provide timely, risk compensated, and data-based solutions to product and process issues.  

Requirements: 

A B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemical or Food Process Engineering or related fields such as Food Science and Technology, Biosystems Engineering and a minimum of 5+ years (prefer10+) of relevant work experience with a demonstrated history of success.

Proficiency in Computer software – AutoCAD, Minitab, Microsoft Office and other useful work tools in the accomplishment of tasks. Significant experience with multiple unit operations including spray drying is required. Experience in liquid processing, including conventional and aseptic processing/packaging would be considered as a plus. A strong history of leading by influence and delivering results with excellence is needed. Some travel, including international, is required. 

 

Associate Director, Quality-CA

 

Reporting to the Director of Product Development and Quality, this position will provide leadership for all aspects of quality and compliance for the company’s growing portfolio of proprietary products.

Essential duties:

  • Develop and ensure the implementation of corporate quality policies and food safety plans in accordance with company needs and regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate with third party manufacturers to ensure compliance with company policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead all internal and external audits.
  • Provide guidance to quality investigations, root cause analysis and corrective actions.
  • Collaborate across functions on the quality aspects of new products in development.
  • Network externally to keep the company up to date with current state of the art for quality and testing.

 The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment at an early stage company and will have the following capabilities and skills:

  • Passion for the company’s mission
  • Demonstrated bias for action
  • Comfortable interacting with all levels of management, including senior leadership and commercial teams
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and influencing skills
  • Thoughtful, high-energy, self-starter
  • Strong attention for detail
     

Experience/Education:

  • Minimum Bachelors of Science, advanced degree in related field preferred
  • 10+ years of Industry experience in related field highly preferred, including 3+ years in Quality Management role.
  • Understanding and experience with current Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Strong knowledge of 21 CFR and auditing processes
  • Experience in quality system training
  • HACCP certification a plus.

 

Maintenance Manager

 

Job Summary: Responsible for ensuring that all grounds, buildings, and equipment are properly maintained in the timeliest and cost-efficient manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership: Establish procedures/policies to ensure the smooth and professional operation of the department. Provide plant departments with superior customer support through proper equipment maintenance, communication interface, engineering and technical support, leadership support and operational resources where required. Plan and execute projects in conjunction with and assigned by the Plant Manager. Participate as part of the Plant Leadership Team to drive the direction and improvement of, safety, quality, employee satisfaction, throughput and cost.

Supervision:  Direct and coordinate activities of maintenance direct reports.  Analyzes maintenance work orders and assigns maintenance personnel to complete them. Evaluate job performance and work with direct reports to set and achieve goals. Establish a climate of individual accountability. Promote a safe and harmonious work environment and adherence to company policy and procedures. Overseas supply purchasing for the maintenance departments insuring compliance to budget, and maintaining inventories for appropriate control, evaluating contracts regularly.  Includes evaluation of service agreements/contracts

 

Equipment/Facility: Monitor operation of essential equipment. Ensure scheduled PM and daily checklists are being performed. Coordinate outside contractors for scheduled maintenance and/or emergency maintenance of facility and support systems. Monitor status of all in-progress repairs and keeps technicians focused until job is complete

Analysis: Analysis maintenance work order and PM. Review and analyze processes and procedures for waste and inefficiency.  Make recommendations and/or implement solutions. Participates in Continuous Improvement programs and activities throughout the facility and within the network

Efficiencies: Maintain compliance with S.Q.F. certification.  Design and implement preventative maintenance systems.  Analyzes maintenance work orders and assigns maintenance personnel to complete them. Follows up with assigned personnel as needed until order is complete. Prepares departmental goals and objectives annually and is accountable for ongoing communication of results, quality measures, and areas for improvement

Development: Develop and train maintenance technicians to possess superior knowledge of all equipment and systems. Stay abreast of new technologies associated with the industry, through trade magazines, training classes and technical manuals.

Education and Experience: 

Bachelor’s Degree in the engineering fields preferred

5+ years of Maintenance experience within Food/Beverage/Dairy industry required

5+ years as a maintenance mechanic, specific to electrical, buildings and grounds

At least 3+ years of supervisory or managerial experience required

Experience within PLC’s and Ammonia Refrigeration preferred

 

Skills and Competencies:

Able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events

Designs work flows and procedures

Gathers and analyzes information skillfully to develop alternative solutions

Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills

Responds promptly to customer needs

Develops staff skills and encourages growth

Manages project and team activities

 

Quality Director

 

The Quality Director position reports to the C.O.O. and is located in Minnesota at the company headquarters.  There are currently no direct reports to the role, but we expect the Quality Director to inform the right team structure to support this function. The position has access to 3rd party consultants on food safety and regulatory affairs.

Key Responsibilities

 

  • Accountable for the development, maintenance and implementation of HACCP, HACQP, FSMA and Food Defense plans
  • Point of contact for outside service contracts, including but not limited to, pest control, 3rd party lab testing, and calibrations
  • Accountable for daily quality document review and approvals
  • Support incoming initiatives to guarantee that quality requirements are covered in existing products and/or during the start-up of new projects
  • Lead preparation and follow up for all internal and external audits and Inspections
  • Accountable for sanitation and environmental procedures and programs
  • Review and evaluate Consumer Complaints and provide investigation support to plant operations and company leadership
  • Provide oversight, manage and develop quality documentation for the facility
  • Drive continuous improvement in the company’s food safety & quality programs
  • Manage Quality department budgets including invoice approval and reconciliation

Key Success Factors in Role

  • 8+ years food manufacturing experience required
  • Ability to coach, teach and lead others
  • Successful experience leading and managing complex projects
  • Strong data analysis and problem-solving skills using critical thinking techniques
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Works well in a team environment
  • Well organized and detail oriented
  • Self-motivated, high energy to achieve tasks
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness for future growth

 

Regulatory Compliance Manager-NY

 

Job Summary:  This role will have a primary focus on coordinating, developing, implementing, and ensuring companywide food safety and quality compliance programs, standards and systems. General job duties include submitting compliance reports to regulatory organizations, performing internal audits on the effectiveness of compliance policies, and serving as a liaison between management and personnel.  The regulatory compliance manager shall also create and maintain files of investigation results of complaints and customer issues. The regulatory compliance manager shall stay abreast of current industry trends and new regulations in order to analyze their impact on the organization. The regulatory compliance manager shall also maintain and direct organizational reporting systems like the consumer hotline and notify personnel of its availability and use. They may also assist with creating and implementing cost savings methods and financial activities like reporting, contracts, or invoices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Promote a safe and harmonious work environment and adherence to company policy and procedures; Promote and provide excellent customer service with all customers (Internal and External); as well as foster an “open door” policy for all employees to maintain an open line of communication between co-workers and management staff; evaluate job performance of direct reports; coach, mentor, and develop subordinate positions into becoming more effective in their roles

Review and approve label changes, nutrient claims, and company website claims; collaborate with facility QA teams and plant leadership personnel to develop quality requirements, procedures, and specifications for new products, processes, packages, and supplier/co-packer quality improvements

Shall maintain all document submissions required for certifications and customer requests

Shall ensure compliance to all regulations pertaining to the production of dairy products for all locations

Oversee compliance to Safe Quality Foods certification requirements for all company locations and conduct the internal auditing of the SQF system at each operating site 

Responsible for the supplier audit program in conjunction with the Purchasing group; developing and maintaining Supplier Quality Manual describing the company’s requirements as well as investigating and creating a database of Supplier and Co-packer quality issues and corrective actions.  Also includes Certificate of Analysis review on incoming product and ingredient auditing to determine performance of Suppliers

Monitor the verification and validation activities at the company locations, ensuring all products leaving the manufacturing sites meet documented Food Safety and Quality plans and regulatory requirements 

Ensure timely investigation and responses to all complaints as well as compile and publish a monthly report of complaint incident rates; aid in developing KPI’s driven by complaint trending data

Act as the company administrator for the International Compliance Information Exchange (ICIX), Aspect, and all other customer required databases. 

Oversee compliance with S.Q.F. – Food Safety and Quality codes at all facilities by developing, executing and reassessing as necessary, SQF plans to achieve and maintain certification; maintaining all required registries; ensuring all sites meets the SQF system requirements (ex: Document Control and Records, Specifications, Food Safety, Product Identification, Trace and Recall, etc.); overseeing plant compliance, interactions, and relationships with the SQF Certification Body. 

Lead and support special projects and assignments as necessary to support the business objectives.

Education and Experience:

Highly preferred Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or food science

Minimum 2 years of direct or related experience involved with regulatory compliance, supplier development programs and auditing (certified auditor training preferred)

Highly preferred Dairy / Food Manufacturing experience

Skills and Competencies:

Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships

Excellent problem solving and project management skills; skilled in time management, demonstrating ability to be organized and efficient; knowledge of SPC (Statistical Process Control)

Highly analytical, detail orientated and a demonstrated strong sense of business management; proven ability to communicate new ideas and ability to deliver solutions

Excellent MS Office skills. Candidate must be experienced with advanced Excel functions and formulas

Knowledge in GMP/cGMP, SQF, Food safety and Quality code, USDA guidelines and FDA regulations as related to the food and beverage industry

Knowledge of Kosher and Organic certification requirements

25% Travel required

 

Pilot Plant Manager and Engineering Lead

 

The Pilot Plant provides support services for R&D experimental trials and associated activities.  The scope is Global in geography and across all stages of innovation and optimization.  It includes nearly all unit operations used across the global manufacturing network with some operations at more than one scale.  The Pilot Plant and its team functions as a small factory with most functions found in a manufacturing facility represented.  With their involvement and support, any R&D or Supply Technical employee can request trial/experimental services.    

The new role of Manager and Engineering Lead is to Lead the Pilot Plant team as well as deliver technical results.  All of the technical proficiencies listed below are required from the combination of this role and the Engineering and Maintenance members of the Pilot Plant team.  In addition, this role will manage and lead the team through all operational, engineering, maintenance, and improvement/growth activities experienced in a typical food manufacturing plant but at the pilot scale. 

  • 1. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or closely related technical field
  • 2. >5 years of experience in food manufacturing industry, direct plant experience desirable
  • 3. At least some proficiency in people leadership and department management
  • 4. Also, this person should have some proficiency in at least two of these four disciplines:  factory automation, project engineering/management, factory preventative and corrective maintenance, food manufacturing processes (dairy preferred). 

 

Quality Manager-upstate NY

 

Key role within site leadership team.  Provides strategic direction for the implementation and maintenance of quality systems throughout the site.  Maintains advanced quality systems related to manufacture of a high-quality product.  Also, includes cross-functional communication, hiring and training for new Quality hires and others for the site.  Ensures implementation of continuous improvement initiatives, conformance to current Good Manufacturing Practices and compliance to regulations and certifications at the site level.  Manages complex projects and supports both Operations and Research and Development.  Is the primary Quality contact for the Sr. Leadership team at the site.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

 

    Support Operations and Manufacturing Services in assuring company quality standards are met

    Review and trend data to determine product conformance to specifications. 

    Demonstrate the ability to conduct equipment calibrations and troubleshooting as needed

    Establish finished product target weights, verification checks, and conformance to regulatory requirements.            

    High level of proficiency pertaining to testing equipment, and other lab equipment, as well as being the SME for Quality procedures and policies for the site.

    Capable of performing preventive maintenance and validation testing on all lab equipment. 

    Review products and assess eligibility for product release in accordance with company policy

    Proficient at completing gram stains, direct microbial counts and has an in depth understanding of Dairy microbiology

    Maintain cleanliness of work areas and partake in assigned cleaning duties as scheduled       

    Conduct investigative research on products or materials 

    Review, trend, and implement corrective and preventive actions pertaining to environmental sample testing and analytical lab result reporting.            

    Investigate, trend, reply to consumer complaints that are specific to the site.

    Maintain and demonstrate a high level of professional attitude and appearance at all times.  Be able to work closely with others without disputes.     

    Set up documentation and sterile sampling for sample shipments.  Utilize proper shipping methods.         

    Maintain compliance with S.Q.F. Certification including finalizing procedure and policy for the site

    Support continuous improvement activities

    Applies and implements 5s methodology (housekeeping) in all Quality work areas.  

    Troubleshooting, isolating problems, and repairing of lab equipment as needed

    Perform other duties as assigned. 

Knowledge

    Basic statistics and statistical process control knowledge

    Strong math skills and attention to detail a must

    Microsoft Windows and software architecture experience

    SQF or similar quality systems experience preferred

    Basic Chemistry, Biology, Food Science, Ag-tech science experience preferred

 

Sr. Buyer

 

Job Summary

Our company seeks a self-motivated buyer to purchase materials, supplies, and services. As a purchasing agent for the organization, the buyer will research, evaluate, and buy products to meet our daily operational needs. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities

    • Analyze and report the progress of the company toward attainment of established purchasing goals
    • Negotiate company programs to include all terms, conditions and rebates
    • Develop and maintain key vendor relationships and support the development of relationships of vendors
    • Develop, evaluate and oversee implementation of company purchasing plans
    • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned
    • Make purchase decisions in accordance with company procedures and regulations
    • Investigate and cultivate new sources for supplies and products
    • Research and prepare bid specifications
    • Issue bid requests to several potential vendors and suppliers
    • Secure product samples, photos, and descriptions for departments
    • Review quotes and secure the most competitive bids
    • Identify and select vendors and suppliers using criteria such as quantity and quality of commodities, price, and delivery date
    • Explain and clarify purchasing procedures to internal departments as well as vendors
    • Determine the correct method to process purchase requisitions depending on total cost, timeliness, competitive bidding, and existing contracts
    • Solve problems with orders in an efficient and timely manner

Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, or related field
    • Strong negotiating skills
    • Comprehensive understanding of MS Excel, MS Word and industry standard purchase order software platforms
    • Impeccable attention to detail
    • Ability to work well with a team
    • Able to thrive in a high-stress and fast-paced environment
    • Willingness to take initiative
    • Ability to exercise independent judgment
    • Strong written and verbal communication
    • Exemplary interpersonal skills
    • Comprehensive knowledge of commodities in area of specialization

Previous buying experience strongly preferred, or ability to demonstrate comparable knowledge and skills

 

Process Engineer

 

The incumbent in this role will work within a Research & Development (R & D) team responsible for designing, validating and commercializing processes for nutrition products. The incumbent will apply scientific and engineering principles to facilitate the design of robust and safe processes for liquid and powder products, while also helping the team identify new technologies and improve the existing ones. The role will involve significant amount of hands-on work in the laboratory, pilot plant, and manufacturing environments.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

As a part of this role, the incumbent, after completion of a basic orientation and training, will:

  • Conduct experimental trials and heat penetration studies in lab or pilot plant environments independently or under supervision of senior team members.
  • Use and maintain basic food lab instrumentation such as pH meters, viscometer, weigh balance, water activity meter, and powder tester. Order lab supplies when needed.
  • Assist product development and pilot plant associates in experimental trials, equipment operation, facility clean-up and sanitation.
  • Comply with EHS, GMP, and GLP practices and policies.
  • Resolve processing-related problems using hypothesis driven structured problem solving.
  • Keep organized thermal process records and laboratory notebooks in compliance with good scientific and regulatory standards.
  • Collect and analyze data, write experimental protocols and project reports independently or under supervision of senior team members.
  • Communicate technical information, both written and verbally, to R&D and other cross-functional teams.
  • Manage time, space and material resources to allow for efficient and timely delivery of project or departmental objectives.
  • Embrace team work attitude and display strong work ethic while working effectively with all levels of personnel in a lean, heavily matrix organization.

 

The incumbent will deepen their expertise in thermal processing and process engineering through this role, while developing their problem-solving abilities and leadership skills. They will be provided opportunities to work closely with and learn from our senior team members and professionals that are shaping the future of infant & toddler nutritional products industry.

 

Requirements:

  • B.S. in Scientific and/or Technical field. Completion of Better Process Control School desirable but not a must.
  • Experience with food/diary unit operations including spray drying and aseptic processing is preferred, but not required.
  • Tenacity for scientific problem-solving.
  • Strong computer skills utilizing common software tools, such as Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment under pressure and tight time constraints while displaying high degree of teamwork, flexibility, and collaboration.
  • Flexibility to work occasional overtime.
  • Flexibility for occasional travel to manufacturing locations to assist with plant trials. 
  • Some mechanical skills desired.
  • Ability to lift 25kg bags of materials.

Working Environment

1. Combination of office, pilot plant, and commercial production environments with the percentage of each varying with the stage of projects.

Travel

1. Some travel, including international, is required

 

 

                     

      Suthers & Associates

    P.O. Box 981  Monticello, MN 55362

    Phone: (763) 878-2079  Fax: (763) 878-2547

    Toll Free: 1-888-200-2084

      Email:  terri@suthers.com