Vice President, Engineering

Steeger USA, LLC

Romeoville, IL

About Us:

BW Integrated Systems is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of end-of-line packaging equipment solutions and packaging automation, as well as systems integration. With seven manufacturing facilities and more than 800 team members worldwide, BW Integrated Systems is a global partner for our customers and has installations in more than 50 countries around the world. Our products and service network provide differentiated technology and technical support for manufacturing companies in a variety of global market segments, including automotive, beer and beverage, wine, spirits, container manufacturing, food, household, personal care, dairy, paper, pharmaceutical, and consumer mailing and collating. BW Integrated Systems packaging professionals have decades of application experience in robotic solutions, packaging line design, integrated solutions, palletizers and depalletizers, automated can-end and product-handling equipment, case- and tray-packing, case- and tray-forming, advanced conveyance technology and controls, unwrappers, destrappers, feeders, coolers and pasteurizers.


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world.


Job Description:

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President, Operations the Vice President, Engineering will be responsible for improving and upgrading the Engineering function within the BW Integrated Systems sites and functions. This person will serve as the senior most Engineering leader across BW Integrated Systems and lead the Engineering function for the division and lead the engineering from customer product requirements through final production as well as new product conception through production. This individual will drive engineering metrics to ensure consistency and quality in finished product, analyzing the current state and leading a change management effort to identify improvements. The role will define and implement a global engineering team structure in a way that creates technical career paths while leveraging competencies across all levels of the engineering organization.

The Vice President, Engineering will oversee all aspects of the division’s engineering, equipment design to ensure a consistency in look and feel of our equipment solutions, maximize collective volume of materials and components across the supply chain. This individual must also build camaraderie and consistency amongst the engineering function and assist with recruiting, training, and coaching employees, on engineering and process improvement principles, and facilitating change management across the organization.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assess the current state of engineering teams Mechanical, Electrical, Research and Development- within BW Integrated Systems multisite network of sites and functions and plan, develop, organize, implement, and execute a holistic BWIS System for Engineering
  • Build, develop, recruit, and manages the engineering team capable of carrying out initiatives
  • Define optimal engineering organization structure to support growth and development while promoting global flexibility of the group
  • Enable a culture of creativity, collaboration, speed, innovation, and excellence while continuously evaluating the quality and caliber of our engineering organization
  • Manage team members in project planning, priority setting, and assure operational objectives are obtained
  • Submit thoughtful investment analysis (aligned with step-change) for any required technology or tools that expedite our progress
  • Define and implement design principles for equipment that is designed as a configurable product as well as custom project-based designs.
  • Define engineering career progression plans and structure for team
  • Serve as the BWIS representative on the BW Product Safety Committee
  • Create and drive tools and metrics with support from Operational leadership that inform and improve our investment and performance including analysis around shared capacity, reduced engineering content and efficient team utilization (OCOS).
  • Establish consistency in key elements of our designs: HMI, Branding, Safety, Paint, Guarding
  • Drive an environment of continuous improvement and provide organizational support and structure to lead sustainable changes within the engineering function
  • Engage with multi-functional partners and business leaders including those in operations, supply chain, sales, marketing, and the executive leadership team
  • Spearhead the development, communication, and implementation of effective engineering and process improvement tools, processes, and behaviors across the Division.
  • Review and upgrade operating policies, procedures, and standards that will ensure a common look and feel of the equipment across BWIS
  • Implement global standards for drawing format, naming conventions, part numbering and BOM structures
  • Drive sustained adherence for creation and control of new part number approvals and reviews
  • Lead, motivate, and develop the functional team (whether direct or indirect reporting) on an ongoing basis, and provide direct feedback, counsel, and coaching to drive practices and processes and overall company performance
  • Provide leadership and management expertise for the measurement and effectiveness within the Engineering function, utilizing data and metrics to instill Engineering accountability
  • Facilitate alignment with Product Development to ensure smooth handoff of new products into our engineering team
  • Determine primary and secondary sites for key product lines and assess Engineering talent and development need to achieve multi-site manufacturing
  • Provide support and assist with the change management with introduction of Products
  • Align with Packaging Platform to maximize sharing outside of BWIS
  • Benchmark other BW and outside organizations in our space to maximize our success


  • 10+ years in a global company leading Engineering or Operations, with experience building and leading Engineering programs; experience in capital equipment, or complex systems manufacturing is desired
  • A proven-track record of driving Engineering in identifying areas or improvement across an organization, implementing corrective actions and best practices when necessary
  • Demonstrated effective management (both direct and through influence) across multiple locations and work groups.
  • A technical degree in engineering or similar field is desired; the ideal candidate will have an advanced technical degree or MBA

The following competencies will differentiate top candidates:

  • Critical thinking and decision quality
  • Drives results: Sets compelling goals and aggressive schedules for improvement in all facets of the function. Delivers always on commitments. Translates the technology vision and strategy into practical, actionable, and quantifiable plans, and executes flawlessly. Makes timely decisions when a quick response is required and makes tough business decisions based on the facts of the case.
  • Competitive spirit and drive to win. Strong sense of initiative, internal motivation, and an unrelenting focus on results.
  • Entrepreneurial, flexible, yet results-focused
  • High degree of intellectual curiosity, honesty, and capability
  • Openness to feedback and coaching with a strong orientation towards continual learning and improvement ability to solicit, accept and provide direct feedback without defensiveness
  • Capacity to function in a complex, global company with ease and fluidity, while driving and influencing results
  • Process thinker

ADA Requirements:

  • Typically sits, grasps items and performs keyboarding for occasional operation of a computer
  • Stand, walk, bend, reach or otherwise move about occasionally
  • Lift, move, or otherwise transfer items up to 30 lbs. occasionally
  • Occasional exposure to typical machine shop physical hazards
  • Travel by air or car – 30%



At Barry-Wehmiller we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job. If your experience is close to what you see listed here, please still consider applying. We know that our differences often can bring about innovation, excellence and meaningful work—therefore, people from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply to our positions. Please let us know if you require reasonable accommodations during the interview process. ​

Barry-Wehmiller is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V This organization uses E-Verify.


Applicants may be subject to pre-employment screening which may include drug screening, reference checks, employment verifications, background screening and/or skills assessments.


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