Kerry Project Engineering Manager – North America in Melrose Park, Illinois

Company Overview

Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!

Leading to better, together.

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage. Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action

  • Empowering our people

  • Promoting diverse thinking

  • Investing in innovation

  • Acting on sustainability

  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities

Location: Remote / Home Office Based, by major airport

Mobility: Frequent travel (up to 70%) between sites within the North America region

Reporting to: Senior Director, Project Engineering – North America

  • End-to-end engineering leadership of capital projects in North America valued between $5 - $100 million, fulfilling business requirements, achieving objectives for scope, time, cost and quality.

  • Oversee and lead all project phases, from inception to ”business as usual”, including conceptual/basic/detailed design, budget development, project planning/scheduling, reporting, organizing and leading project teams, installation, commissioning/ qualification/verification and financial control

  • Direct engineering project teams and define resources and capabilities to ensure successful design, execution, installation/construction and start-up within an operating environment, with uncompromising focus on safety and quality.

  • Analyze and evaluate process designs and ensure compliance with engineering principles and company standards for food processing sanitary design, operational efficiency, health, safety, and environmental sustainability

  • Provide a platform for engineering project teams to engage and align with operational and business stakeholders in the region

  • Develop and manage regional Engineering Service Providers and Design/Build partners through Master Service Agreements and periodic analysis of performance, technical capabilities and their impact on the business and project metrics, in conjunction with regional Capex Planning and Procurement teams

  • Support business case development and alignment of project scoping, design and cost estimates

  • Lead engineering metric reviews and implementation of standardized project reporting systems

  • Facilitate Knowledge Management of a central engineering filing system to enable project engineers to share and maintain information on a single platform and in a controlled manner

  • Inspire a continuous improvement culture across engineering teams, leading best practice replication and application of continuous improvement methodologies to the project management and engineering space

  • Develop and deploy agile yet standardized manufacturing processes to ensure operations are fully optimized and drive Engineering Excellence


  • Minimum Bachelors in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, Food Science or equivalent engineering degree

  • 8 years’ minimum experience within project engineering, project management and/or construction management

  • Prefer background in Food/Beverage Manufacturing / Chemicals / Pharma environment

  • Certification in Project Management (PMP) or Professional Engineering (PE) preferred

  • Must be comfortable working independently within a decentralized team

  • Knowledge and capability in processes and tools for project management (MS Project), process engineering (AutoCAD, 3D modeling) and financial control (Excel, SAP)

  • Skilled with detailed resource and budget management tools/tracking


  • Demonstrated experience and capability in process engineering, systems integration and facility design

  • Results oriented and ability to deliver successful outcomes

  • Ability to work independently across multiple stakeholders, both internal and external

  • Demonstrated experience in effectively leading and managing engineering project teams, including contract resources

  • Financial acumen and ability to effective manage project budgets and control costs

  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong planning skills, and the ability to follow-up and successfully execute plans

  • Continuous improvement mindset with high change agility

  • Ability to develop and deploy a disciplined approach to engineering design and project execution

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills

  • EQ (emotional quotient) awareness in self-management and engagement of others

Requisition ID 2018-13995

Division Kerry

Position Type Full Time

Recruiter TK1

Posting Type LI

Posting Type CB