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Process Engineering Manager 

Category R&D/Culinary  
Location Brea, CA (Headquarters)  
Req Number R&D-12-00008  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Shift -not applicable-  
About the Organization Ventura Foods is a leading national manufacturer and marketer of branded and custom made shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces, margarines, culinary bases and pan coatings for the foodservice and retail industries. From East to West, Ventura keeps pace with the dynamic food marketplace by delivering high quality products at competitive prices. In fact, our company's growth is fueled by long-lasting profitable partnerships that benefit all parties. We do this by meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world by applying the strengths of our commercial resources, the talents of our employees and the opportunities created by new technologies. Throughout our rich history, one thing hasn't changed: the dedication to our customers and the consumers we are proud to serve.


The Manager of Process Engineering  Services is required to manage the development, communication, and support of projects as it relates to new and existing process technologies for the company.  This person will coordinate efforts between technical groups, operations group, QA group, Culinary, Sales, Marketing, all other internal customers, and our external customers.  The manager ensures responsiveness and timelines of projects, management of personnel to meet and/or exceed our customers expectations.  Additionally will play a lead role along with other technical groups and engineering to drive strategy as it relates to product processing to significantly grow business.

Helps to identify, manage, and recommends product processes for new and existing product technologies and in the core categories for the company as well as adjacent core categories.  Can also include optimization of processes. 

Develops and expands the capabilities of process engineering group through planned research and testing at the bench, pilot plant, and manufacturing levels.  Working closely with R&D , QA, Plant Operations, and Engineering Services.

Along with cross-functional team members will identify strategic growth opportunities in processing technologies.  Must manage and coordinate one or more major project activities that impact one or all of the Ventura Foods business channels.  Included are: Foodservice, Industrial Ingredients, Consumer Products, and Export.

Along with other technical managers participates with business groups in developing strategy to meet business goals as it relates to volume and variable margin expectations.

Manages the identification, development and application of new hypotheses and/or technologies that can affect core business capabilities or result in new competencies and/or opportunities.

Keeps abreast of current engineering and scientific developments in areas of interest.  May recommend Patent action.

Reviews and manages appropriate portion of budget as it relates to group function.

Responsible for project tracking, documentation, and reporting as it relates to internal and external communication.

Responsible for the development of project management and overall managerial capabilities for self and (if applicable) subordinates.

May represent group, and/or company at industry events.

Position Requirements

BS or MS in an Engineering field of study or equivalent experience.   Seven to ten years project management experience.  Three to five years experience in the food sector a plus.  

Knowledge and experience evaluating new business opportunities.  Knowledge and skill in conducting basic projects/experiments.  Knowledge of basic FDA and USDA regulatory guidelines, and other applicable industry standards.  Proficient project management skills.  Interpersonal skills.  Supervisory skills.  Ability to analyze different situations and adapt as required.


Physical Activity/Work Environment

Travel - 50%                              Driving - 10%

Prolonged Sitting - 5%         Prolonged Standing/Walking - 5%

Finger-Hand Manipulation (e.g. 10-key, typing) - 15%

Prolonged VDT use (Video Display Terminal) - 15%


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