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TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Plant Engineer in Tonawanda, New York

Employee Type:

Full time


NY Tonawanda

Job Type:

Engineering Project Engineering

Job Posting Title:

Plant Engineer

About Us:

TreeHouse Foods (NYSE: THS) is a leading manufacturer of private label packaged foods and beverages, operating a network of production facilities across the United States and Canada. At TreeHouse Foods, our commitment to excellence extends beyond our products and revolves around our people. We are investing in talent and creating a performance-based culture where employees can do their best work, directly impacting our mission to make high quality, affordable food for our customers, communities and families. We hope you will consider joining the team and being part of our future.

What You Gain:

  • Competitive compensation and benefits program

  • Enrollment in our wellness and employee assistance programs

  • Paid holidays, vacation, and other competitive paid time off opportunities

  • An inclusive working environment where you can build meaningful work relationships with a diverse group of people

  • Leaders who are invested in supporting your career growth

  • Opportunities to be recognized for outstanding contributions to yourteam through our employee recognition programs

Job Description:

About the Role:

The plant engineer compliments the plant’s maintenance team through three key functions: reliability engineering, maintenance systems support, and autonomous maintenance. The primary functions of the role will be to utilize equipment data and best practices and identify solutions to increase the effectiveness of both the equipment and maintenance practices. The plant engineer must be willing to assume a leadership type role and will support the plant operation from a technical perspective.

  • Will serve in a team leadership role for the autonomous maintenance program rollout at the Tonawanda facility.

  • Works collaboratively to determine the optimized technical and business solutions that will increase employee safety, improve food safety, increase operational effectiveness, and/or increase equipment reliability.

  • Analyze and report downtime data to key stake holders.

  • Develops and reviews business case screening scopes, schedules, and estimates on strategic ideas. Reviews with plant leadership to provide a directional view of projects.

  • Guide the team in root cause analysis of breakdowns to develop process and engineering solutions.

  • Implement reliability centered maintenance (RCM) methodologies to enhance plant reliability.

  • Assist with creating and trialing equipment modifications.

  • Works cross-functionally with the site leadership team, Quality, EHS, Trans & Warehousing, Supply Planning, Center

  • Generate ideas and implements prioritized solutions that will increase employee safety, further drive our environmental agenda, improve food safety and food quality, improve equipment reliability, and drive top line (innovation) and bottom line (cost savings) growth.

  • Develop relationships with equipment OEMs to communicate best practices and reoccurring problems to increase equipment effectiveness.

  • Review and provide recommendations on new equipment to support safe, efficient, and reliable operation of the asset.

  • On-site Management, troubleshooting and or technical support of priority operational opportunities. 

  • Plant leader of root cause analysis (RCA) on mechanical/equipment breakdowns

  • Remains current with industry technologies and processes to provide best available technology solutions. Applies technical knowledge and leadership to solve problems and drive improvements on processing systems.

  • Initiate, develop and enhance CMMS usage.

  • Provides leadership and indirect supervision over the activities of the maintenance team.

  • Generates follow-up work orders from work lists.

  • Maintains working relationship with Contractors and Vendors to ensure equipment reliability.

  • Creation of maintenance systems to support future success of the organization such as standard procedures, preventative maintenance plans, and storeroom management.

  • Partners with Research and Development, Quality, Operations and Engineering/Maintenance on cost optimized solutions to drive to zero Loss.

  • Collaboratively develop a pipeline of projects to deliver annual cost savings.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Important Details: This is a full-time permanent role on 1st shift, with the ability to work on various shifts and weekends as needed. Salary range for this position is $80,000 to $100,000 annually.

About You:

You will fit right in if you have:

  • Experience developing and enhancing a CMMS.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field

  • Experience in food and beverage capital project execution

  • Plant experience in operations, maintenance, and/or engineering preferred.

  • Experience with utility systems, waste-water pre-treatments systems, ingredient handling, food processing, and primary and secondary packaging systems preferred.

  • Continuous improvement mindset, challenging current processes both internally and externally with ability to bring adaptable solutions forward.

  • Proven skills in project management, negotiation, communication, and technical problem solving.

  • Comfortable communicating, presenting & influencing leadership on key technical issues.

  • Demonstrated track record of driving substantive improvement in key KPI’s such as cost reduction, reliability, and material loss reduction.

  • Ability to lead root cause failure analysis and develop an engineered solution.

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Click on the “Apply” button or go directly to www.treehousefoods.com/careers to let us know you’re ready to join our team!

TreeHouse Use Only: #IND1

TreeHouse Foods is a private label food and beverage leader focused on customer brands and custom products. When customers partner with TreeHouse they can expect access to an industry-leading portfolio, strategic vision, on-trend innovation and insights, world-class supply chain, operational excellence and flexibility, collaborative approaches, and dedicated customer service.

Our strategy is to be the leading supplier of private label food and beverage products by providing the best balance of quality and cost to our customers. We engage with retail grocery, food away from home, and industrial and export customers, including most of the leading grocery retailers and foodservice operators in the United States and Canada.

Our portfolio includes a variety of shelf-stable, refrigerated, and snack products.

Customers can expect comprehensive flavor profiles including natural, organic, and preservative-free ingredients in many categories and packaging formats.

TreeHouse Foods is best known for food and beverages produced by our two largest businesses Bay Valley Foods, LLC (including E.D. Smith and Sturm Foods) and TreeHouse Private Brands. With more than 10,000 employees in over 35 plants across the United States, Canada, and Italy, TreeHouse Foods is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Disability Assistance

TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to disability-accommodations@treehousefoods.com . In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

To all recruitment agencies: TreeHouse Foods does not accept unsolicited agency resumes/CVs. Please do not forward resumes/CVs to our careers email addresses, Treehouse Foods employees, or any company location(s). TreeHouse Foods is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes/CVs.

EEO Considerations: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or protected veteran status.