Project Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI PR, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE

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Project Engineer
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Ann Arbor, MI PR, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
90,000 - 100,000
Job Types:
Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer/Manager

Join one of the nation's most successful foodservice manufacturers!

Harper Associates has been retained by Chelsea Milling Company to identify a Project Start-up Manager to help phase in new food manufacturing equipment and processes. Jiffy Mix is the ##1 selling dry baking mix nationwide, and the company is continuously improving the plant and processes to keep up with increasing demand. Sales have never been higher!

Chelsea Milling Company is a family-owned company that has been making Jiffy Mix since 1930 and has stood the test of time, never once having to lay off employees due to an economic downturn. In fact, the company has thrived throughout the Covid-19 pandemic as demand has skyrocketed. The leader in prepared baking mixes, Jiffy has dominated the grocery/retail market, and the company is now offering Jiffy Mix to the foodservice and restaurant business! The Project Start-up Manager position is a newly created, long-term position that offers advancement opportunities for the right person.  


  • Unrivaled company culture - there is virtually zero turnover and employee tenure is an average of 17 years
  • A foundation built on honesty and integrity
  • Exceptional salary and health benefits
  • Profit-sharing bonuses
  • Great work/life balance
  • Health and wellness programs


  • Immerse in the company's culture of interdependent communication and decision making. Must be able to listen and understand varied points of view in CMC's flat organization structure, where status, power, and authority are de-emphasized
  • Work cross-functionally with the Engineering and Operations departments, and interact with Finance, Quality, R&D, and other departments in the integration of capital projects
  • Communicate with, train, and involve employees across departments and shifts on ideas for process improvements
  • Ensure timely execution of and implementation of action plans
  • Work with other project leaders to develop proposals, determine scope, and develop schedules
  • Regularly communicate with Executive team, including the Director of Manufacturing, CEO/President, COO/EVP, Maintenance Manager, Electrical Project Engineers, and other consultants/contractors
  • Work with CMC leaders to drive change management and communication plans regarding capital project implementations and process improvements
  • Demonstrate strength of character to persevere through obstacles and meet goals
  • Create/update standard operating procedures, visual aids, cleaning procedures, spare parts lists, etc. for new equipment


  • Bachelor’s degree (Engineering, Project Management, Food or Packaging Science preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in project management, project execution, and process continuos improvement/process engineering in the food manufacturing industry
  • Experience managing major capital projects, including financial tracking and reporting
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated success in leadership, developing and maintaining good working professional relationships with both engineers and employees working on the floor
  • Good understanding / insight of regulatory requirements related to employee & food safety, building codes, GMPs, HACCP, and others
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong planning, organization, and negotiating skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ideal candidates would be those that meet the minimum qualifications and are looking for a long-term career with a privately held company that focuses on people. Must enjoy a team environment and thrive on camaraderie.

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