McCain Foods Process Engineering Manager in Grand Island, Nebraska

Process Engineering Manager

Company McCain Foods USA Inc.

Job Description SUMMARY:

The Process Engineering Manager is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring the use of manufacturing technologies and best practices, while growing technical capability throughout the manufacturing organization.


  • Provide the manufacturing organization with tactical hands-on support to address specific opportunities, exercising explicit authority in giving technical direction within the region.

  • Lead the development of new manufacturing technology pipeline and establish new processing benchmarks that drive continuous improvement in developing the processing line of the future.

  • Use data analytical tools and develop plant automation devices to drive performance for existing equipment and new installations that bring breakthrough performance

  • Implement, monitor and encourage effective use of best practices, thus developing technical capability within the factories and other functions

  • Lead and provide best practices with respect to the integration of technical expertise and manufacturing into product development

  • Provide technical input to network optimization planning

  • Implement cost reduction initiatives, supporting AOC planning through Focused Improvement Teams and other interventions

  • Support new product launch activities, which includes attending test runs, gathering data and cooperatively working with development team

  • Deliver vertical startup of projects using the Startup Management processes for equipment including induced failure testing protocol.

  • Other projects/duties as assigned or needed.


To perform this position successfully, the individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


  • University degree required in Engineering (Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, etc.) or a related field

Leadership Abilities:

  • Ability to build strong relationships across a broad range of functions and support their efforts through a collaborative approach. Ability to influence effective decision-making with cross-functional business teams.

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to interface successfully with others representing diverse styles and cultures.

  • Ability to effectively delegate tasks and measure progress, with the goal of managing concurrent priorities and contributing to the development of technical capability throughout the organization.

  • Ability to work independently and within teams on abstract projects with minimal supervision.

  • Project management skills: chartering, milestone development, resourcing, detailed action planning

Technical Capabilities:

  • Strong technical aptitude, mechanical/electrical engineering, and/or plant automation, with the ability to improve process efficiencies - (Process engineering)

  • Experience with electrical and controls systems design and programming

  • Knowledge with Autonomous Maintenance Systems

  • Strong analytical and abstract thinking skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Ability to understand process flow diagrams, P&IDs, and process narratives

  • Experience in training and facilitation

  • Knowledge of processing equipment, processing methods, manufacturing philosophies and basic manufacturing SOP’s

  • Expertise in the validation and effectiveness of new technologies

  • Experience with start-up management concepts and equipment commissioning

Business Acumen:

  • Ability to contribute to a broad range of operational and business issues. Ability to make decisions considering the broader implications of these decisions to the organization and all stakeholders.

  • Capable of understanding basic to mid-level financial reports and use that information to justify decisions

Required Length & Type of Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years in a manufacturing environment, preferably in the Food Manufacturing industry. Previous experience in a technical, engineering, and/or an R&D role is necessary. Leadership and project management experience is a definite plus.


  • Ability to travel up to 50%


  • Requires travel by vehicle and air, mainly within the North American region.


  • Functional leads of Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, and Supply Chain to align on work plans for ongoing and strategic initiatives

This role can be located in any of our manufacturing facilities including:

  • Appleton, Wisconsin

  • Plover, Wisconsin

  • Rice Lake, Wisconsin

  • Grand Island, Nebraska

  • Nampa, Idaho

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


  • McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected status or characteristic. Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran

    Function Technical Services

    Country United States of America

    State/Province/Region Nebraska

    City/Town Grand Island