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Barilla Project Engineer in Ames, Iowa

Barilla is an Italian family-owned food company. Established in 1877, it’s now an international Group present in more than 100 countries.

A world leader in the markets of pasta and ready–to–use sauces in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy and crispbread in Scandinavia, the Barilla Group is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Italian know–how.

“The joy of food for a better life” is Barilla’s purpose. Bringing people closer to the joy of good food and making quality the choice for a better life, from each individual to the planet. Because this is how we are nurturing the future, today. It's a commitment from field to fork, to bring to the world tasty, joyful, and wholesome products, made with selected raw materials from responsible supply chains. ​Because what we eat today can change our tomorrow. Because good food is a joy for the present and a choice for a better future.

This role is open to Northbrook, IL, Ames, IA, and Avon, NY.

Job Purpose:

Develop and manage medium-high complexity engineering projects within the Company guidelines. Autonomously manage technical tasks such as cost analysis, feasibility analysis, bench tests, supplier selection in collaboration with other business units (R&D, Purchasing, Operations, marketing, etc.), implementation, and commissioning.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Manage the assigned projects, through the definition of relevant deadlines and priorities, assess the progress of planned phases, coordinate internal staff and external resources, and manage the execution phase (installation and testing) until the successful release.

  • Scout and evaluate new processing and packaging solutions or new applications of existing technologies in order to provide an active contribution to the sourcing process including automation solutions. Participate in the strategic planning activity, providing input related to the definition of short and long-term CAPEX (Capital Expenditure plan) strategy and needs

  • Collaborate on the definition, proposal, and evaluation of possible cost-saving initiatives and associated projects to be included in the yearly cost-saving plan.

  • Support the preparation and management of all RCAs related to new assets (equipment replacement or new assets/plants)

  • Collaborate on the definition of the CAPEX process for the area of competence.

  • Ensure the compliance of any new equipment to the internal safety, quality and environmental standards, and all government regulations.

  • Provide regular updates on the status of the assigned projects and possible issues, with proposed solutions.

  • Ensure an accurate feasibility study for each request related to process innovation interacting with other units like RD&Q, Operations, and Marketing.

  • Contribute and support the identification and resolution of specific technical issues occurring during the project’s execution coming from Research, Development, Quality (RD&Q), Technical development, or Production Plants.

  • Support the Purchasing dept. in the selection of the suppliers through the evaluation of the quotations and in the negotiation phase, taking into consideration, the final choice, and technical or technological constraints.

  • To utilize AutoCAD to update/modify drawings as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned

    Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering: Electrical / Mechanical/ Industrial/Chemical/Aerospace required. Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering is preferred.

  • Experience in automation is a plus.

  • 3-5 years of professional experience in an industrial environment required

  • Strong teamwork skills

  • Ability to multitask on different projects

  • Multidisciplinary approach

  • Results driven

  • Basic AutoCAD knowledge is required, Basic Inventor knowledge is a plus.

  • Microsoft Office experience is required and Microsoft Project is a plus

  • Project Management skills

  • Ability to travel in US, Canada, and Mexico up to 40% and occasionally travel in Italy.

Barilla is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Barilla to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to characteristics including, but not limited to, age, race, color, culture, ethnicity, nationality, faith, religion, gender, pregnancy, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran or protected veteran status, political opinions, health, or disability.