VP of Engineering and Automation

Naperville, IL, USA


$200k-$275k, DOE

VP of Engineering – North American Automation
Company information:

  • Based out of the headquarters located in the Chicago suburbs
  • Offer a work environment encouraging automation, technology, world-class manufacturing, and growth.
  • This is newly created with a succession plan to an SVP role in 3-7 years
  • Full relocation assistance provided (On-site role at the Chicago plant)


  • Long-term incentive in form of equity and or stock options
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical, dental and vision insurance at a very low cost and excellent coverage
  • Work-life balance, less than 30% travel
  • Great PTO options
  • Fast paced world-wide expanding and growing every year
  • Salary range is $200K – $275 (depends on education and experience) + 50% bonus


  • The VP of Engineering directs all aspects of project and capital engineering, technology, automation, and expansion activities for 15 food and consumer product facilities.
  • This role holds oversight for all future automation, growth, upgrades, expansions, facility layouts and new installations.
  • 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 15 facilities, managing 3 Directors and 20+ Managers
  • Provide high-level direction to engineering projects, installations, overhauls, modifications, upgrades, design, and layout for new and existing facilities
  • Manage capex budgets ranging for $300 – $500 million per year
  • Provide engineering leadership to food & cpg processing and packaging equipment capacity projects, infrastructure improvements, cost management imperatives and strategic initiatives
  • Collaboration with operations, R&D, supply, 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 programs across manufacturing
  • Travel 30% including trips to Canada and Mexico as needed


  • BS Engineering Degree is required; Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred.
  • MBA, Masters, Lean /Six-sigma or related education / certifications is preferred
  • 10 – 15 years of director / VP level engineering experience, with a focus on managing a capex budget at a minimum of $100MM per year
  • Must have experience in highly automated operation using new technology, and robotics. Prefer foods, consumer products, automotive, beverage, plastics, and related automated environments
  • Experience working for a large corporation with multiple sites, and understanding the complexity of navigating approval process for large projects
  • Strategic level role and understands how to influence all levels of management from the board of directors to CEO to Plant Managers / Engineering Managers at each site
  • Functional excellence and demonstrated subject matter expertise in LSS/TPM/WCM
  • Proven project management leadership skills with the ability to manage multiple high-scale, high dollar projects
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills with an ability to negotiate with vendors, contractors, and consultants
  • Able to make independent and sound decisions
  • Self-starter, excellent team building skills, problem-solver, creative and able to be flexible and rework problems from a different aspect each time
  • Able to provide analysis of options and improvements
  • Experience managing manufacturing operations is a plus
  • 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.