Project Engineer

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Position Title: Manufacturing Project Engineer
Reports To: Sr. Regional Engineering Manager
Location: Gainesville, GA
Function: Engineering
Purpose of Role:
This Regional Project Engineering Role will be a part of the MWC Americas Major Projects Team. The individual in this role will be responsible for all aspects of planning and executing projects from ideation to project closure. The scope of the role could include leading projects in the areas of buildings and infrastructure, process, general manufacturing processes, and packaging systems depending on business needs. The role owns the overall leadership of major capital projects via the MWC Engineering Execution Standard. This role will be based out of, or require significant travel to, all of our major sites across North America (Hackettstown, Cleveland, Gainesville, Chicago, or Waco)
This is accomplished by:

  • Engaging project team members, encouraging them to proactively perform assigned tasks

  • The engineering knowledge required to execute projects

  • Engineering and design decisions to deliver reliable and safe mechanical and electrical systems

  • Contributing to a winning environment which promotes safety, trust and confidence

  • Complying with and reinforcing safety, security and environmental policies

  • Developing skills that support excellence in execution and leadership

  • Meeting commitments of project scope, time, budget, and financial projections

  • Using the adopted project management techniques to deliver successful projects

  • Being an active leader and participant in the project development process

  • Project Estimates

  • Project Scope

  • Project Schedule

  • Innovative ideas

  • Technical information required for project design

  • Maintaining a collaborative attitude to solve problems by partnering with other supply functions

  • Creating and supporting standards for equipment selection and installation

  • Following established ways of working

  • Actively interfacing with functional groups on the project team

The significant obstacles and challenges are:

  • Managing projects to deliver safe, secure and environmentally responsible results

  • Managing multiple responsibilities including project execution, functional support and self-development, concentrating on growing the role

Principal Accountabilities

  • Develop industry and product specific relevant technical skills

  • Develop personal effectiveness and functional interpersonal competencies

  • Motivate fellow associates by high quality solutions that protect the integrity of our product

  • Participate in the recruiting process when requested

  • Provide innovative Engineering solutions that drive a competitive advantage


  • Ensure delivery of assigned objectives for scope, time, budget, and cash flow

  • Maintain the project adherence to scope, deliverables, and critical success factors

  • Communicate with the project steering team to ensure project objectives are achieved

  • Seek and apply appropriate technology to gain and a sustain technical competitive advantage

  • Support initiatives that shorten new product and project cycle times

  • Seek and support lean ways of working and apply lean principles in the engineering process and as a project deliverable

  • Understand and make decisions to improve business measurements such as Return on Total Asset earnings (ROTA), Fixed Asset Turnover Ratio (FATR), etc.


  • Continuously improve technical knowledge

  • Depending on project parameters personally design systems and select hardware, or direct third-party engineering firms providing design services to meet their contract deliverables

  • Continuously improve personal efficiency and performance to provide value added engineering

  • Key member and contributor of the Commissioning, Validation, and Start Up (CVS) Team

  • Actively participate in the development of engineering standards and tools

  • Support safety, security and environmental policies

  • Contribute innovative ideas to provide competitive advantage

  • Identify, protect and expand intellectual property of corporation

  • Maximize asset utilization through value added engineering and lean design


  • Support project objectives and challenge activities not aligned with those objectives

  • Directly manage all assigned project work

  • Understand and support the Five Principles, Vision to Win, and the Winning Environment

  • Effectively monitor and improve a safe work environment

  • Ensure delivery of quality work

  • Actively plan and participate in project activities

Mission Critical Competencies and Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • 5-10 years experience in an comparable technical position - food, beverage, pharmaceutical or related industry preferable

  • Understanding of engineering principals - knowledge of engineering disciplines: Process, Packaging, Electrical, Construction or Computer Services

  • In-depth understanding of designated functional engineering area of expertise (for specific job requirement i.e. controls, process, packaging, building / infrastructure)

  • Team skills - high performance team experience

  • Leadership Capabilities - Action Oriented, Customer Focus, Communication Skills, Planning, Dealing with Ambiguity, Creativity, Negotiating

Key Experiences

  • Good communication, listening and influencing skills

  • Critical thinking skills

  • Innovative thinking

  • Able to work collaboratively with other groups

  • Approximately 20-60% travel requirement depending on project demands

Desired Education

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering in Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering; an advanced degree in Engineering or MBA is a plus.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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