Sr. Mgr, Engineering


The Krusteaz Company is looking to add a Senior Engineer Manager to the team! This position will be responsible for supporting the engineering functions of all Krusteaz Company manufacturing operations to include capital planning, project execution, engineering, maintenance, and new product and process development support. This position will drive excellence in capital and project management along with improving Early Management systems (EM Pillar) in support of world-class Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

Essential Functions: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Leadership and Management
  • Create a vision for the future and leads planning and implementation tasks in alignment with company goals & expectations.
  • Creates an environment that encourages and rewards teamwork and collaboration, both internally and externally.
  • Systematic problem solver, implementing solutions to solve root cause problems. Strong analytically.

Coaching, Motivating, and Mentoring
  • Sets expectations, tracks results, and manages accountability.
  • Effective developer of people. A teacher, coach, mentor, and role model.
  • Develop skills, confidence, and proficiency in individuals utilizing engineering/TPM tool sets.

Technical Capability
  • Strong technical skills in processing, packaging, distribution, and systems integration.
  • Strong competence in Technical Systems understanding.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Desire to learn and apply technologies that benefit the company through optimization or cost reduction.

  • Strong written, oral, and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent listener. Empathetic to individuals concerns and directs necessary follow-up actions.
  • Conveys information in understandable terms at all levels of the organization.
  • Solid vendor relationships.

Personal and Social Competence
  • High integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all actions.
  • Creative and change oriented.
  • High energy. Assertive, energetic, and an initiative-taker.

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.
  • Ensure safety is a top priority in all engineering and maintenance initiatives.
  • Ensure product safety, sanitary design, performance against product design, and TPM principles are built into all relevant capital projects.
  • Drive enhanced effectiveness in developing scope and sourcing of new breakthrough capabilities and technologies supporting Krusteaz Company new product and innovation objectives.
  • Objectively outline technical challenges and business risks associated with innovative technologies and potential solutions.
  • Identify multiple technical options to address business objectives and work across functions to select optimal solutions.
  • Engage technical and business functions in brainstorming activities to identify breakthrough improvement opportunities in supply chain cost. Follow through to develop justification for funding and execution where appropriate.
  • Partner with R&D, Sales, and Marketing on new product, process, packaging, and ingredient ideation.
  • Serve as Project Manager on priority initiatives.
  • Ensure all capital projects are properly staffed and provide project management oversight through regularly scheduled on-site project review meetings.
  • Ensure desired business outcomes and project objectives are clearly defined and communicated to key stakeholders and team members.
  • Provide matrix leadership to the Plant Engineering Managers to support plant engineering and maintenance activities.
  • Provide on-site Capital Appropriation Request (CAR) development training as needed at all sites to ensure quality and consistency.
  • Provide leadership and definition for the development of key capital projects and CARs for all sites to deliver projects that are on time, on budget, with vertical startups.
  • Monitor the health of each facility and associated infrastructure equipment during regularly scheduled visits.
  • Provide a support role in the development of annual plant budgets.
  • Assist in the coaching and development of the plant technical organizations. Build skills over time through solid training and development programs, project assignments, and recruiting.
  • Responsible to drive optimization of the production process to reduce costs yet deliver maximum flexibility.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external companies that can supplement Krusteaz Company resources to provide engineering solutions, resources, and equipment as needed.
  • Provide troubleshooting and optimization direction as required for co-packers producing Krusteaz products.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time and work a flexible work schedule.

Education and/or Experience:
  • College degree in manufacturing, engineering or food processing field, or equivalent.
  • 15+ years of successful managerial experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience in variety of manufacturing areas (packaging, processing, utilities) within consumer products. Food background preferred.

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.

Hybrid Work Model: At The Krusteaz Company, we have in-office "core days" of Tuesdays and Wednesdays where all corporate employees are expected to be onsite. Monday, Thursdays, and Fridays are flexible remote days to allow for work/life balance. You may be asked to come in outside of a core day from time to time, based on business needs. We have found aligning our scheduled in-office days provides opportunity for employees to build connections and collaborate together.

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 $122,726 and $202,486. We typically pay between $130,000 and $175,000. 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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