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Manufacturing Engineer (Food Manufacturing) - Linden, NJ 07036


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Position Overview

The Production Engineer is responsible for evaluating existing production equipment and providing new/improved machine designs or materials. Specific emphasis is placed on electrical engineering and PLC programming opportunities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilities and maintenance management including building, boiler, receiving docks, contractors, service providers, etc.
  • Execute capital projects through all phases, including development of ideas, completion of RFP’s (investment and expense), obtaining funding approval, implementation, validation, and integration into the manufacturing environment in a timely manner.
  • Ready-to-serve (RTS) – Provide day-to-day technical support as needed in all production departments to ensure maximum production yield, machine up-time and overall equipment efficiency (OEE).
  • Lead continuous improvement activities and projects; identify bottlenecks in the operation and improve through mechanical, process, flow improvements.
  • Serves as the primary interface with OEMs for equipment selection and installation.
  • Development of Manufacturing Control Plans (MCPs), troubleshooting guides for batch making, filling and other processes, and machine maintenance programs.
  • Evaluate existing machine designs and provide new/improved machine design or process materials that will increase productivity/day rate, improve product quality/performance, or enhance cost efficiencies for the business.
  • Lean Manufacturing projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related engineering discipline preferred
  • Minimum 10 years production or manufacturing engineering experience preferably in a food environment
  • In lieu of degree may consider an appropriate mix of education and experience
  • Proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Visio), statistical analysis software and various business (ERP) systems
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills with the ability to analyze, develop and implement corrections and improvements to machinery, process and workflow.
  • Ability to adhere to prescribed routines and practices and handle non-routine matters and projects with minimal instructions or supervision
  • Must be resourceful, highly organized and have the ability to prioritize work in order to meet deadlines
  • Bilingual: English, Spanish helpful but not required
  • Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate ‘off-hour’ emergencies.
  • Must be able to travel to Rochelle Park office as needed.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Strong leadership skills that inspire team confidence, collaboration and respect while motivating team members to contribute to continual improvement efforts.
  • Personal and professional integrity of the highest order, with a balanced ego and the ability to dig in and focus on building a business.
  • Troubleshooting skills and hands-on production support are vital.
  • Strong understanding of machine processes and PLC interface.
  • Understanding of food manufacturing requirements.
  • Ability to analyze complex information and interpret situations effectively.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment when faced with time-sensitive situations.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally in a team environment.
  • High energy, strong personal presence and maturity as components of leadership ability in order to facilitate the best decision-making and values.
  • Sense of urgency.
  • Willingness to roll up sleeves to accomplish objectives.
  • Ability to challenge conventional thinking without offending team members.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication / interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to build and maintain good working relationships with others within the organization, suppliers, and customers.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint); AutoCAD, SolidWorks and various experience with MRP software
  • PLC Programming (Allen-Bradley)


Contacts / Reporting

Internal Contacts

  • Plant Manager
  • Plant operators, fillers, batch makers
  • Quality & Food Safety team
  • PANOS Executives and Managers
  • Marketing & Sales team members
  • Finance & IT team members
  • Marketing personnel, R & D

External Contacts

  • Vendors, OEM, mechanical, electrical and other suppliers
  • External Quality and other auditors


Equipment to Be Used

  • Basic office equipment (computer, printer, fax, etc.)
  • Basic Hand Tools
  • Multi-meter, Oscilloscope
  • Scissor-lift and/or lift-truck


Typical Physical & Mental Demands

  • A typical work day requires sitting, walking and standing
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. (only on occasion)
  • Ability to acess work areas at heights up to 12 feet, using scissor-lift or ladder
  • Ability to move about manufacturing equipment


Work Environment/Conditions

  • Primarily works in an office environment. Frequently works in manufacturing where temperatures can exceed 100ºF
  • The manufacturing operation utilizes automated equipment with moving parts
  • Travel: local within New Jersey occasionally, specifically to Rochelle Park offices


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Safety glasses (frames & lenses must meet OSHA Z-87.1-1989 standards)
  • Additional PPE as required in various departments when in those areas


Initial Training Requirements (in addition to job specific training and orientation)

  • Human Resources Orientation (company policies, etc.)
  • General Safety Awareness
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Fire Prevention
  • Hazcom – “Right to Know”
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Machine Guarding
  • Power Tools
  • Acids, Caustics & Burns
  • Electrical Safety – NFPA70E (qualified worker)
  • Fire Extinguisher Use
  • Gas Safety & Emergency Control
  • PPE-Specific


Finally, all employees are expected to be familiar with and abide by any Standards of Conduct outlined by the company.



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