Senior Project Engineer


The Krusteaz Company is looking to add a Senior Project Engineer to the team! The Sr. Project Engineer is responsible for the execution of corporate led large capital projects, project engineering efforts in support of process improvement and process development activities. Works collaboratively with the plant engineering resources for the management of major expansion and modifications of manufacturing process equipment. The Sr. Project Engineer is required to supervise and manage internal and external resources including engineering, mechanical, electrical and general contractor companies, as necessary to complete project work and will need to develop, write, maintain, and deploy company engineering standards. Can resided at Corporate, Effingham, Hopkinsville, Manhattan Plant or be fully remote.

Essential Functions: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
  • Proactively and collaboratively works with plant engineering resources and plant personnel to develop and implement manufacturing related projects related to productivity gain, safety, cost savings, growth and acquisition.
  • Partners with R&D and Sales / Marketing personnel to develop designs and cost estimates to support new product initiatives.
  • Develops detailed "scope of work" for planning and bid purposes.
  • Develops and executes contractor/supplier contracts and bid meetings.
  • Develops and manages Capital Appropriation Requests and spend tracking.
  • Communicates/Integrates the organization on the project from conceptualization through implementation.
  • Supplements plant engineering resources when necessary.
  • Sources new technology and equipment to increase manufacturing productivity.
  • Provides Training and or training materials to appropriate plant personnel on new technology and equipment.

Position Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals qualified with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • High regard for safe practices, promotes continuous improvement, sets high personal and professional standards, and persists when faced with adversity.
  • Skilled at project management, organization, scheduling, budgeting, procurement, bid process and contractor selection.
  • Ability to write clear technical specifications.
  • Knowledge and experience with the following equipment processes: Dry blend food processing systems, food grade consumer packaging equipment, building construction and building support systems such as HVAC, and electrical systems.
  • Ability to prepare a cost analysis and good root-cause analysis skills.
  • Proactive, excellent time management skills and prioritization in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability influence people in a professional and positive manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including high level of negotiation skills.
  • Provides clear expectations, manages accountability, gains commitment, takes responsibility for project team's activities, is approachable, openly supports organizational objectives.
  • Creative, flexible and change-oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Project as well as AutoCAD.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time and work a flexible work schedule including to plant facilities.

Education and/or Experience:
  • BS in Engineering, technical degree or equivalent experience/training.
  • 7+ years progressive work experience demonstration of strong project engineering abilities.
  • Experience with cross functional teams.
  • Consumer Products manufacturing experience.

The policy of The Krusteaz Company is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.
  • A people-focused company that cares​: We're a 90-year-old company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup and a focused eye on the future. As a midsized, privately-held company with a portfolio of beloved food and beverage brands, our people are the most important ingredient in our success.
  • A valued and supported workforce​: We place tremendous value in our employees and provide competitive pay and comprehensive benefits to ensure our employees can create the best life for themselves. Benefits include a top tier health insurance plan with lower than average employee cost share, generous PTO, 401(k) match, and more.
  • An engaged and energized culture​: At The Krusteaz Company, collaboration and ingenuity drive our fierce commitment to creating extraordinary product experiences that people love.
  • A place to grow and make a difference: An entrepreneurial spirit has been at the core of our company since the beginning, attracting self-starters who are curious and love to learn and to share ideas.

Benefits: We are proud to offer generous benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance (starting at $45/month for employee only coverage), 401(K) matching, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, company provided life insurance and disability insurance, flexible spending account and tuition reimbursement.

Salary Information:
  • An employee in this position can expect a salary range between $97,833 and $161,413. We typically pay between $110,000 and $140,000. The actual salary offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including internal equity, experience, education, certification, training, and location. All positions are eligible for additional incentives based on business performance.

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