Project Engineer - (Waco, TX; Topeka, KS: or Chicago, IL)
Waco, TX
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***This role can be based out of Waco, TX; Topeka, KS: or Chicago, IL***

Mars Wrigley Confectionery is looking for a Project Engineer to be based out of our Waco, TX site preferably (other possible sites to be based out of include Topeka, KS and Chicago, IL). The Project Engineer is responsible for the design and installation of projects. The Project Engineer is responsible for deploying his/her engineering know-how to successfully execute and deliver projects to the business that provide a competitive advantage.

Key Responsibilities:
Engaging project team members, encouraging them to proactively perform assigned tasks
Utilizing the engineering knowledge required to execute projects
Making engineering and design decisions required to execute projects
Contributing to a winning environment which promotes safety, trust and confidence
Complying with and reinforcing safety, security and environmental policies
Developing skills that support excellence in execution and leadership
Meeting commitments of project scope, time, and budget
Using the adopted project management techniques to manage projects
Being an active leader and participant in the project development process
Creating project estimates
Creating and managing project scopes
Creating and managing project schedules
Innovative ideas
Determining the correct technical information required for project design
Maintaining a positive attitude
Creating and supporting standards
Following established ways of working
Actively interfacing with functional groups on the project team
Managing projects to deliver safe, secure, and environmentally responsible results
Managing multiple responsibilities including project execution, functional support, self-development, and concentrating on growing the role

Principal Accountabilities:
Actively participate in the development of engineering skills
Develop personal effectiveness and functional competencies
Motivate fellow associates through a winning attitude and be part of the Winning Environment
Provide innovative Engineering solutions that drive a competitive advantage
Ensure delivery of assigned objectives for scope, time, budget, and cash flow
Ensure priorities are aligned with overall project priorities
Communicate with the project manager, project sponsors, and customers to ensure project objectives are achieved
Seek and apply appropriate technology to gain and sustain a technical competitive advantage
Support initiatives that shorten new product and project cycle times
Seek and support lean ways of working and apply lean principles in the engineering process and as a project deliverable
Understand and make decisions to improve business measurements such as ROTA, FATR etc.
Continuously improve technical knowledge
Continuously improve personal efficiency and performance to provide value added engineering
Key member and contributor of the CVS Team
Actively participate in the development of engineering standards and tools
Support safety, security and environmental policies
Contribute innovative ideas to provide competitive advantage
Identify, protect, and expand intellectual property of corporation
Maximize asset utilization through value added engineering and lean design
Support project objectives and challenge activities not aligned with those objectives
Directly manage all assigned project work
Understand and support the Five Principles, Vision to Win, and the Winning Environment
Effectively monitor and improve a safe work environment
Ensure delivery of quality work
Actively plan and participate in project activities

Minimum Requirements:
High School Diploma required
5+ years of experience in an comparable technical position - food, beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical or related industry preferable
5+ years of experience managing and leading engineering projects, with at least one project having exceeded $10M in size/scope.
Basic understanding of engineering principals - knowledge of engineering disciplines: Process, Packaging, Electrical, Construction, Computer Services
In-depth understanding of designated functional engineering area of expertise (for specific job requirement i.e. controls, process, packaging)
Demonstrated success providing structure to process of planning and executing large scale engineering projects
Prior success working on teams and being a key player/positive influence on the team, leading to achieving results
Good communication, listening and influencing skills
Critical thinking skills and ability to come up with innovative ideas
Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional internal and external partners
Approximately 20-50% travel requirement depending on project demands

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or Advanced Degree in Engineering in Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or MBA
10+ years of experience in an comparable technical position - food, beverage, pharmaceutical or related industry preferable
5+ years of experience managing projects of at least $5M in size/scope.


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