Packaging Project Engineer- Chattanooga, TN or Cleveland, TN
Chattanooga, TN
A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

This role can sit out of any of the following sites: Chattanooga, TN or Cleveland, TN.

Purpose of Role:
The Packaging Project Engineer is responsible for the design and installation of packaging equipment projects. The Project Engineer is an active member of the Engineering community, functional engineering team, the local engineering team, and assigned project team(s). 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.

Maintain project estimates, scopes, and schedule
The engineering knowledge required to execute projects, specifically:
Horizontal & Vertical Form, Fill, & Seal
Flexible & Rigid Casepacking
Code Dating
HACCP (Metal detection, check weighing, etc.)
Engineering and design decisions required to execute projects
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

Principal Accountabilities:
Provide flexible and innovative Packaging 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 to ensure project objectives are achieved
Seek and apply appropriate technology to gain and a sustain technical competitive advantage
Support initiatives that shorten new product and project cycle times
Understand and make decisions to improve business measurements such as Return on Total Assets Earnings (ROTA), Fixed Asset Turnover Ratio (FATR) etc.
Key member and contributor of the Checkout, Commissioning, Validation & Startup (CVS) Team
Participate in the recruiting process when requested

Key Functional Requirements:
In-depth understanding of packaging equipment design and function
Team skills - high performance team experience
Action Oriented, Interpersonal Savvy, Communication Skills, Planning, Self-Development, Dealing with Ambiguity, Creativity, Innovation Management

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline
3+ years’ experience as a project engineer/project manager within a manufacturing facility
Basic understanding of engineering principals - knowledge of engineering disciplines: Process, Packaging, Electrical, Construction or Computer Services
Approximately 20-50% travel requirement depending on project demands
Able to work collaboratively with other groups
Successful Completion of a drug and background screen

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in Engineering or MBA
6+ years of packaging equipment experience in an comparable technical position - food, beverage, pharmaceutical or related industry preferable

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.