North American Director of Engineering

Mokena, IL, USA


$170k - $200k, DOE

North American Director of Engineering

Company information:

  • Hiring for a North American Director of Engineering that will oversee all capital projects, upgrades, expansions and related engineering projects across all 8 facilities
  • This role will be based in the Headquarters in the Chicago South suburbs
  • Offer an exciting and rewarding work environment encouraging professional, personal, and organizational growth. Team of multi-talented employees contributes to a collaborative atmosphere where ideas and solutions are cultivated
  • This is a newly created role to assist with recent acquisitions, expansions and new facilities with multiple large capital projects in the pipeline
  • Must have experience with high-speed packaging equipment
  • Local candidates only


  • 401K and a pension plan
  • BCBS comprehensive insurance at a very low cost and excellent coverage starting on date of hire
  • Work-life balance
  • Great PTO options
  • Stable – been in business for over 113 years
  • Fast paced organization that has consistent growth and expansion
  • Salary range is $170K – $200K (depends on education and experience) + bonus


  • The NA Director of Engineering directs all aspects of project and capital engineering activities for the company.
  • This role holds oversight for all automation, robotics, mechanical, electrical, and project engineering activities for large-scale, upgrades, expansions, facility layouts and new installations.
  • This leader will foster innovation and execute strategies to meet objectives, ensure reliability and exceed customer expectations for large capital projects.
  • The ability to contribute to, understand and communicate the overall corporate strategies and objectives and how the engineering function drives this strategy will be critical.


  • Manage strategic operations of the Engineering team across 8 facilities. Provide direction to engineering projects, new installations, overhauls, modifications, upgrades, design, and layout for new and existing facilities
  • Provide engineering leadership to food processing and packaging equipment capacity projects, infrastructure improvements, cost management imperatives and strategic initiatives
  • Collaboration with operations, R&D, procurement, and external suppliers/vendors
  • Drive standardization and serve as a technical liaison between the manufacturing plants
  • Identifies resource needs and organizes effective teams
  • Leads technical-based program across manufacturing
  • Coach, direct, and influence Engineering Managers and Plant Managers at each site
  • Report directly to the VP of Operations
  • Travel 25% or less per year including trips to Canada and Mexico as needed


  • BS Engineering Degree is required; prefer in Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering. MBA, Masters, Lean /Six-sigma or related education / certifications is preferred
  • Minimum of 8 – 15 years of project engineering experience, with a focus on process/packaging design and project management of large capital initiatives
  • Experience managing projects of $5 – $10 million or higher
  • Functional excellence and demonstrated subject matter expertise in packaging, processing, project management and LSS/TPM with a strong emphasis in food processing, and high-speed packaging environments
  • Must have experience with high-speed packaging equipment, prefer industry experience with foods, beverages, baking, CPG, plastics or closely related industries
  • Proven project management leadership skills with the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Able to manage and track project scope, schedule, budget, timeline and spending
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills with an ability to negotiate with vendors, contractors, and consultants
  • Team building skills are required to manage and lead cross-functional teams
  • Able to make independent and sound decisions
  • Computer skills include familiarity with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS project CAD and SAP
  • Self-starter with good people and communications skills
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment with demonstrated success in influencing at all levels inside as well as outside the company
  • Able to provide analysis of options and improvements
  • Solid project management capabilities, as the position is responsible from concept through process validation
  • Passport is required for future travel to Mexico and or Canada

Note: To comply with state laws, the annual base salary range for this position has been provided as a guideline. The final salary offer will be determined based on factors such as work experience, education/training, key skills, and other considerations.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the US. Hiring company is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.