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Our heritage stems back to the early 1990s when over 1,100 entrepreneurial farm families built our state-of-the-art durum mill and pasta manufacturing plant. We quickly grew to become the third largest pasta manufacturer in North America. Today, we are proud to be an 8th Avenue Food & Provisions company. We make over 150 pasta shapes from Acini de Pepe to Ziti Rigati in traditional, whole wheat, organic recipes and more! People across America and beyond enjoy our pasta daily in restaurants, at home and through convenience prepared meals.

We have manufacturing in Carrington, ND and New Hope, MN, offering rural and metropolitan lifestyles. Both locations offer a wide range of employment in engineering, business, food manufacturing and so much more.

Sr Mgr Eng & Maint, CI MN



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Position Summary:

This role is part of the plant management team and has a broad range of technical responsibilities including: project management, production support, continuous improvement, plant maintenance, and plant engineering. This position uses continuous improvement, plant engineering, and preventative/predictive maintenance methodologies to drive significant improvements in manufacturing efficiencies.

Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overseeing development, planning, and execution of small and large capital projects for plant operations. Responsibilities include: defining project scope, developing solutions, and partnering with vendors, consultants, and contractors to develop and install projects. Drive control schedule to accomplish projects on time and within cost estimate
  • Lead team in the identification of production and process changes, partner with operations leadership to develop and implement engineering improvements, resulting in greater operational efficiencies
  • Set vision for maintenance function regarding preventative maintenance program. Drive continuous improvement in maintenance program leading to predictive maintenance model.
  • Ensure vision is set and resources available to strategically develop technical skill sets for maintenance staff; partner with Human Resources to establish clear employee development programs and external talent pipelines for skilled trades
  • Manage a portfolio of lean projects directed at reducing waste and improving quality to provide greater value; implements such tools as: 5S, KPI, SMED, VSM, and Kaizen.
  • Train and lead cross-functional continuous improvement teams including advancement of the understanding of lean principles (TPM) and techniques; focusing on measurable quality, service, and cost improvements
  • Provide technical guidance, training, and development for Plant Engineer and Production teams; assisting in setting annual operational targets and help drive improvements to achieve those targets
  • Responsible for supporting and maintaining Food Safety and Quality Programs, along with proactively identifying and executing all continuous improvement opportunities in the areas of safety, food safety, quality, productivity, and sanitation.
  • Participates and supports all Quality and Safety audits and annual certifications, including internal audits and paperwork compliance
  • Other duties, as assigned
  • Education And Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering field (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, or Chemical)
  • 8+ years’ Engineering experience (Project, Process, or Plant)
  • 3+ years’ experience in food manufacturing
  • Must have previous experience managing multiple large projects simultaneously
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Preferred Education, Experience, And Skills:

  • 15+ years Engineering experience
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification and strong LEAN Manufacturing expertise: 5+ years with black belt
  • Previous leadership or supervisory experience
  • Previous experience with Auto CAD
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Physical Requirements: Qualified candidates must be able to perform the following physical job requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Must be able to lift up-to 10 pounds for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to lift up-to 34 pounds for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to sit for 8+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to balance, bend, crouch, kneel, stand, stoop, walk, reach above shoulders, and climb/work off ladder for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to work in a hot, humid, and cold manufacturing environment for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to perform simple grasping, pushing, pulling, perform fine manipulation for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to make fine distinctions in sound, and express ideas by spoken and written word
  • Qualifications

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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