Project Engineer

Continental Mills, Inc.

Effingham, IL


The Krusteaz Company is looking for a Project Engineer to join our team! The Corporate Project Engineer is responsible for the support of corporate led large capital projects, project engineering efforts in support of process improvement and process development activities. Works collaboratively with the plant engineering resources for the management of major expansion and modifications of manufacturing process equipment.  Required to support internal and external resources including engineering, mechanical, electrical, and general contractor companies, as necessary to complete project work. Can be located at Corporate, Effingham, Hopkinsville or the Manhattan Plant.

Essential Functions: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Proactively and collaboratively works with plant engineering resources and plant personnel to support manufacturing related projects related to productivity gain, safety, cost savings, growth, and acquisition.
  • Assists with the development of detailed scopes of work for planning and bid purposes.
  • Assists with the development and execution of contractor/supplier contracts and bid meetings.
  • Assists with the development and management of Capital Appropriation Requests and Capital spend tracking.
  • Leads, facilitates, and coordinates cross-functional teams through the project process.
  • Provides on-site construction and contractor management during project execution.
  • Supplements plant engineering resources when necessary.
  • Participates in sourcing new technology and equipment to increase manufacturing productivity.
  • Provides training, training materials, and support to appropriate plant personnel on new technology and equipment.
  • Writes clear technical specifications for equipment purchase and installation specifications.

Position Requirements:

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

  • High regard for safe practices, promotes continuous improvement, sets high personal and professional standards, and persists when faced with adversity.
  • Skilled at project management, organization, scheduling, budgeting, procurement, bid process and contractor selection.
  • Ability to write clear technical specifications.
  • Knowledge and experience with the following equipment processes: food processing systems, food grade consumer packaging equipment, building construction and building support systems such as HVAC, and electrical systems.
  • Ability to prepare a cost analysis and good root-cause analysis skills.
  • Proactive, excellent time management skills and prioritization in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability influence people in a professional and positive manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including high level of negotiation skills.
  • Provides clear expectations, manages accountability, gains commitment, takes responsibility for project team's activities, is approachable, openly supports organizational objectives.
  • Creative, flexible and change-oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Project as well as AutoCAD.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time and work a flexible work schedule.

Education and/or Experience:

  • BS in Engineering, technical degree, or equivalent experience/training.
  • 3-5 years progressive work experience demonstration of strong project engineering abilities.
  • Experience with cross functional teams.
  • Consumer Products manufacturing experience.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone along with reaching. Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work. Moderate noise, ability to work in a confined area, and ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time are also included. Extended standing and/or lifting may be included when visiting plant facilities.

The policy of The Krusteaz Company is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

  • A people-focused company that cares​: We’re a 90-year-old company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup and a focused eye on the future. As a midsized, privately-held company with a portfolio of beloved food and beverage brands, our people are the most important ingredient in our success.
  • A valued and supported workforce​: We place tremendous value in our employees and provide competitive pay and comprehensive benefits to ensure our employees can create the best life for themselves. Benefits include a top tier health insurance plan with lower than average employee cost share, generous PTO, 401(k) match, and more.
  • An engaged and energized culture​: At The Krusteaz Company, collaboration and ingenuity drive our fierce commitment to creating extraordinary product experiences that people love.
  • A place to grow and make a difference: An entrepreneurial spirit has been at the core of our company since the beginning, attracting self-starters who are curious and love to learn and to share ideas.

Benefits: We are proud to offer generous benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance (starting at $45/month for employee only coverage), 401(K) matching, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, company provided life insurance and disability insurance, flexible spending account and tuition reimbursement.

Salary Information:

  • An employee in this position can expect a salary range between $80,119 and $132,189. We typically pay between $90,000 and $115,000. An employee in this position located in Washington can expect a salary range between $88,131 and $145,408. We typically pay between $99,000 and $126,000. The actual salary offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including internal equity, experience, education, certification, training, and location. All positions are eligible for additional incentives based on business performance.

We hope you’ll take the time to get to know us!

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