Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mars Petcare: Continuous Improvement Engineer- Columbus, OH



Position Title: Continuous Improvement Engineer
Reports To: Manufacturing Support Manager
Location: Columbus, OH

Purpose of Role:
Continuous Improvement Engineer is responsible for the design and installation of continuous improvement projects at Columbus site. Requires ability to use and apply extensive knowledge of many engineering disciplines to execute small minor projects focused on continuous improvement. Significant collaboration is expected with all scientists and engineers in the Product and Packaging areas, Pilot Plant management, Quality Services and Engineering. Responsible for working with site staff, IE, Lean, maintenance, operations, IE, quality and safety groups to identify and implement continuous improvement projects. CI Engineer is responsible for deploying his/her engineering know-how to successfully execute and deliver CI projects to Columbus site that have a sustained technical competitive advantage.

This is accomplished by:
  • Identifying, evaluating and implementing CI processing options based on product attribute requirements, waste reduction, output rates increase, legal label compliance
  • Providing technical support to Process Development, Product Development, Engineering, QS and Supply on new or existing processes
  • Providing engineering and design decisions required to execute projects
  • Complying with and reinforcing safety, security and environmental policies
  • Developing skills that support excellence in execution and leadership
  • Meeting commitments of project scope, time, and budget
  • Using the adopted project management techniques to manage projects
  • Technical feasibility
  • Project Estimates, Scope, & Schedule
  • Innovative ideas
  • Ideas that provide a sustained technical competitive advantage
  • Technical information required for project design
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Creating and supporting standards
  • Actively interfacing with functional groups on the project team
  • Building/maintaining networks within the Technology, Product Implementation, Packaging, Engineering, QS and Platform Technology teams
  • Leading translation of technology ideas into visual, physical models on existing Columbus lines
  • Applying Lean Thinking principles and Value Added Engineering
  • Working as part of the engineering team to assist in the management scale-up risk and introduction of technology into supply chain
  • Minor Project and Budget responsibilities are required with contractor and technician management responsibility

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:
· Actively participate in the development of engineering skills
· Develop personal effectiveness and functional competencies
· Motivate fellow associates through a winning attitude and be part of the Winning Environment
· 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
· Ensure priorities are aligned with overall site priorities
· 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 ROTA, FATR, RFT, TRS etc.

· Continuously improve technical knowledge
· Continuously improve personal efficiency and performance to provide value added CI engineering
· Key member and contributor of the Manufacturing Support Team
· Actively participate in the development of engineering standards and tools
· Support safety, security and environmental policies
· Contribute innovative ideas to provide sustained technical competitive advantage
· Maximize asset utilization through value added engineering and lean design

· Directly manage all project work
· Understand and support the Five Principles, 2020 Vision 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

  • Planning
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Self Development
  • Quality
  • Science and Technology
  • Creativity
Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
  • Strong engineering/food science fundamentals and familiarity with experimental design and statistical data analysis.
  • Basic 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 ie. controls, process, packaging)
  • Proven project planning and management skills.
  • Self-starter with assertive project ownership qualities.
  • Demonstrated abilities to be creative and innovative.
  • Creative, value-added thinking, scenario thinking
  • Communicator with site teams, SBUs; also, academic, commercial, and external expertise
  • Working knowledge of process development and industry best practices
  • Demonstrated process development abilities
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, experimental design software, and understand engineering drawings (e.g. AutoCAD)
  • Action Oriented, Interpersonal Savvy, Communication Skills, Planning, Self Development, Dealing with Ambiguity, Creativity, Innovation Management

Key Experiences
· 3-5 years in Continuous Improvement or Process Engineering role
· Proven creative, value-added, results producer

· Bachelor's degree in chemical, mechanical or related food process engineering discipline

Preferred Qualifications:
· Advanced degree in engineering
· Six sigma green or black belt

Decision Making Authority and Impact

· Detailed project management
· Project design details and implementation
· Define costs and installation schedules for assigned projects
· Development of process optimization programs
· Innovative ways to provide a sustained technical competitive advantage
· Safety, security, and environmental compliance

· Recommend ways to improve the Winning Environment
· Technical feasibility and proof of principal
· Schedule details including contingency plans
· Technology development and innovative solutions
· Asset management targeting higher FATR and ROTA

As a privately-held, family-owned company, Mars Petcare US offers benefits which reflect our commitment to attracting and retaining great people. This includes excellent pay, competitive health and dental care coverage, a retirement plan, a very competitive vacation plan and unrivalled career advancement opportunities, to name just a few of our unique and generous benefits.

If you're looking for a place where you can take ownership for your work, where the pace is fast, the environment is built around the importance of open communication, and where employees are called "associates" and treated as such, then we want to hear from you.

We value a diverse work environment and encourage qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin, veteran status, gender and age. Mars Petcare US is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

Visit to learn more about our company and for information about all of our current openings. Please, no agencies.

INDUSTRY: Manufacturing and Production
JOB CATEGORY: Engineer (Design, Technical, Research, Software, Hardware)
v2 JOB CATEGORY: Engineers

CITY: Columbus
ZIP CODE: 43085

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