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Maintenance Project Engineer, Snack Food Mfg.

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Location: Perham, MN, United States
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Shearer's is a leading contract manufacturer and private label supplier in the snack industry in North America. Headquartered in Massillon, Ohio, Shearer's has 17 state-of-the-art, geographically diverse manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, Ontario and Alberta, Canada, including one of the industry's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum LEED certified facilities in Massillon, Ohio. The Company is known for producing the highest quality snacks in assorted flavors and sizes, including kettle cooked potato chips, traditional potato chips, tortilla chips, cheese curls and other extruded snacks, and corn chips, as well as cookies, crackers, and wafers.

Project Engineer

The Project Engineer's responsibility is to manage capital and R&M investment projects relating to the company's fixed assets. This could involve the relocation and optimizing of the existing fixed asset base and/or the purchase of new fixed assets. It will extend from the initial conceptual studies through to project closeout. This position is based in Perham, MN.

Essential Job Duties

  • Defining project tasks, develop and manage full scale project plans and changes to achieve project objectives.
  • Encourage all team members to drive their efforts towards a "low cost, highly efficient" operation which meets the business needs. To take the lead in driving good Hygienic Engineering, in the design and execution of the project, and ensure the implementation meets Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and safety standards, Food Safety & Quality standards, OSHA, and Value Engineering Analysis (VEA) studies.
  • Plan and schedule project timelines, track project deliverables and budgets using appropriate project management tools.
  • Provide direction and support to project team and coordinate efforts to resolve issues, monitor and report on progress to all stakeholders.
  • Identify and report risks based on budget or timelines throughout duration of each project and recommend remediation plans as needed.
  • Interface with customer base on project requirements/timings, providing cost and resource estimates along with project timelines.
  • Create Project Charter and Summary timelines at project inception to ensure customer base agrees upon project scope and timeline.
  • Actively participate in Long Term Capital Planning, Automation Priorities, and Operation collaboration meetings, to provide insight and leadership to the engineering team.
  • Broad technical foundation of engineering/project management concepts to ensure solid understanding of technical initiatives.
  • Communicate effectively with Engineering, contractors, production personnel and management on a day-to-day basis.
  • Partner with and support the maintenance team on a day-to-day basis.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent requirements gathering skills and the ability to map those requirements into standard solutions.
  • Ability to multi-task and work as a member of a team or individually.
  • Robust design mentality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional teamwork and people skills.
  • Strong change management skills and ability to influence decision makers.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization and thrive in a cross-functional environment.
  • Project management skills which include experience in organizing, planning, and executing large-scale projects from vision through implementation, involving internal personnel, contractors, and vendors
  • Ability to analyze project needs and determine resources needed to meet objectives.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, or related discipline OR a combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience and achievement in a technical field with a project engineering background or internship.
  • Project Management and Process Engineering experience within the food and dairy, cosmetic, pharmaceutical or consumer products industry is a plus.

We Offer a Feast of Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Flexible Spending Account, Retirement Savings Plan with Match, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Group Critical Accident Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, Employee Assistance Plan and numerous opportunities to volunteer in the communities in which we operate.

You will be considered for employment in our inclusive workplace

Because at Shearer's, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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