Manager, Project Engineering


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role: 


Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The Manager, Project Engineering is responsible for all engineering functions related to facilities, process and equipment within the Barry Callebaut North American operations. The position will be responsible for leading multi-functional teams of internal employees and direct reports while holding overall responsibility for outside contractors, engineering and other 3rd party service providers.


Key responsibilities include: 


  • Oversee the design, modification, installation and commissioning of production equipment and systems utilizing corporate standards
  • Interface with engineers and multifunctional teams to define project scope requirements and incorporate corporate standards
  • Evaluate new process technologies to improve existing systems and resolve process and safety problems
  • Work with finance, production, quality and safety to develop justifications for capital projects
  • Acquire and negotiate project contractor bids in conjunction with procurement
  • Prepare project specifications and/or tender documents
  • Manage release of design input to suppliers (contractors, component suppliers, etc.)
  • Perform supplier site visits to ensure compatibility of equipment designs with current plant configurations
  • Assist in the development of new installation techniques and standards
  • Manage capital projects ranging in dollar value from $1MM plus meeting deadlines and budgets
  • Identify and effectively utilize project resources
  • Provide technical assistance to processing facilities, to improve quality and efficiency
  • Ensure environmental and regulatory compliance within assigned projects
  • Ensure that all aspects of an operation or process meet specified requirements
  • Manage project cost and timing
  • Provide engineering tasks, including training and documentation as required to ensure a project is executed and deliverables are achieved
  • Travel percentage moderate to high, 40% to 60% based on assigned project locations



About you:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with at least 10 years relevant design and project management experience
  • Intermediate level skills with Microsoft Office and Project software and Windows Operating System, AutoCAD and similar design software
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, and oversee the work of contractors, 3rd party engineering providers and direct reports
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines 
  • Ability to lead a team and accomplish project goals effectively
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining attention to detail and deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Team-oriented and collaborative
  • Self-motivated


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.  

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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