Petsource by Scoular is currently recruiting individuals with strong backgrounds in food manufacturing to work in a new, state of the art, 105,000 square foot freeze-dried pet food ingredients facility. Qualified candidates have the opportunity to help Petsource capitalize on the fast-growing and high demand freeze dried pet food market, a market projected to grow 20% per year, by working in a brand-new facility located in Seward, NE on track to open in Fall 2020.
Responsible for Plant Engineering at the Seward NE Freeze Dried Pet Food plant, which includes all processing and packaging equipment, refrigeration, wastewater treatment, and building maintenance. This position will lead a team of electro/mechanical technicians to ensure all equipment is maintained for efficient operations to achieve quality specifications and regulatory requirements. This position will require knowledge of USDA and FDA guidelines for meat processing and will be expected to actively engage in continuous improvement initiatives and will act with urgency to determine sustainable solutions to issues. This position will be part of the site leadership team (SLT) and expected to actively participate in idea sharing, continuous improvement of the operation, and celebration of achievements as the business establishes itself as the premier operation in the industry
Management of the day-to-day Manufacturing Engineering operation at the plant level. Utilizing metrics and resources to assign work teams and manage and prevent unplanned downtime.
Design and review schematics, electrical and mechanical, work with fabrication vendors and contracts
Train and assist maintenance team in carrying out safety and quality control procedures to ensure compliance.
Define and enhance processes by applying continuous improvement and key Lean manufacturing/ production principles and techniques to areas of production.
Work closely with Operations to develop long term manufacturing strategy and required to research and prepare capital requests for the plant requirements.
Design and review schematics, electrical and mechanical. Work with vendors and contracts as needed.
Associates in Electrical Control Technology or bachelor’s degree in mechanical or industrial engineering preferred. Experience will be counted year for year towards degree requirements.
8-10 yrs engineering and/or maintenance leadership experience in food processing environment, preferred meat or poultry
Working knowledge of ammonia refrigeration systems
Prior PLC control systems experience
Prior work experience with developing annual operating budgets and capital plans
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Lean manufacturing and Six-Sigma (process capability) including SPC
An employee-owned company with more than $4 billion in sales, Scoular employs more than 1,000 people in over 100 offices and facilities in North and South America, and Asia. For over 125 years, feed and food customers have been counting on Scoular to create safe and reliable supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients around the globe. SFD Opco LLC, dba Petsource by Scoular, is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of The Scoular Company.
Petsource is an Equal Opportunity Employer