Principal Engineer in Oak Brook IL

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Principal Engineer
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Oak Brook IL
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Job Types:
Design/Drafting, Manufacturing/Mechanical Engr., Project Engineer/Manager

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:


Job Posting Title:

Principal Engineer

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Principal Engineer - Snacking & Beverages plays an integral role within our supply chain and is accountable to improve the overall technical health of our facilities. Objectives of this role include but are not limited to the following: driving improvement in reliability, increasing plant capacity and/or capabilities, supporting continuous improvement strategies, developing and/or improving equipment and construction standards, introducing new technical innovations, reducing manufacturing costs, improving food safety and quality, and reducing risks to employee health and safety. The role will support divisional capital initiatives including providing technical solutions, leading design reviews, and assisting with the commissioning, qualification and validation phases. Additionally, the Principal Engineer will provide root cause problem solving to address divisional hot spots and help to deliver against the organization&##39;s sustainability targets all while growing their own technical skills. These objectives will be executed by leveraging team members including external and internal resources, by influencing cross-functional stakeholders, and by effectively resolving issues and managing conflict. The individual must have a good working knowledge of technology employed in the food industry.

Position Responsibilities:

The Principal Engineer will be the following for the Snacking & Beverages Division:

  • An effective communicator and a leader of cross functional resources
  • Accountable for insuring cost reduction and sustainability objectives are delivered
  • A generator of ideas to deliver against supply chain and business objectives
  • A technical resource that provides subject matter expertise including leading teams through root cause problem solving efforts and developing solutions to support product growth and innovation
  • Expected to lead and/or support multiple initiatives simultaneously across several sites in the US and/or Canada
  • Required to interact frequently with leadership positions within and outside the supply chain function
  • Forming, managing, and maintaining relationships with key equipment vendors, construction contractors, engineering services contractors
  • Working with local, state, and/or federal government agencies and co-manufacturing organizations

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • BS in an Engineering discipline
  • 6+ years of progressive engineering experience with key focus in leading impactful technical initiatives
  • Broad based technical proficiency and highly evolved tactical skills
  • Proven skills in project management, negotiation, communication, and technical problem solving
  • Comfortable to communicate, present & influence Sr. Leadership on key technical issues
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with functional groups, external resources, suppliers and consultants to achieve project objectives
  • Communicates complex technical information in an easily understood format to various levels of management and Senior Leaders
  • Continuous improvement mindset, willing to challenge current processes
  • Must be self-motivated and driven
  • Demonstrated track record of driving substantive improvement in cost reduction, reliability, labor, and/or material loss reduction
  • The Principal Engineer must understand sanitary design and construction best practice


Bachelor&##39;s Degree Required- Type: Engineering or related technical field

Preferred Attributes, Qualifications & Working Conditions:




Enter % of time

Project location dependent

Travel (other than driving)

Enter % of time

50% (will depend on assignments)

Unusual Working Hours

What are the hours

Project dependent

Exposure to moving mechanical parts

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to disability-accommodations . In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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