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Engineering Manager in Minneapolis, MN at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 11/16/2018

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Job Description

Jack Link’s Protein Snacks began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Over the years, as consumer demand for convenient, high-quality snack foods increased, so has the company’s product offerings. Today Jack Link’s is the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer in the world and sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. The Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.

Engineering Manager Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with management, operations, sales, and marketing staff to discuss project specifications and procedures.
  • Coordinate and direct projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directing the integration of technical activities.
  • Analyze technology, resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects.
  • Choose, plan, and direct the installation, testing, operation, training, maintenance, and repair of new and existing equipment and upgrades.
  • Direct, review, and approve equipment design and changes.
  • Recruit engineering team members; assign, direct, and evaluate their work; and oversee the development and maintenance of staff competence.
  • Prepare budgets, bids, and contracts.
  • Develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed in the department.
  • Perform administrative functions such as reviewing and writing reports, approving expenditures, enforcing rules, and making decisions about the purchase of materials or services.
  • Review and recommend or approve contracts and cost estimates.
  • Present and explain proposals, reports, and findings to organizational leadership.
  • Consult or negotiate with suppliers to prepare project specifications.
  • Set technical automation goals within broad outlines provided by leadership.

Engineering Manager Activities:

  • Providing relevant information to supervisors, co-workers, and team members.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization -- representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others -- Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources -- Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Analyzing Data or Information -- Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating team members -- Providing guidance and direction to team members, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others -- Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards -- Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities -- Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Thinking Creatively -- Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies -- Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information -- Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining the time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Processing Information -- Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others -- Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Developing and Building Teams -- Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Coaching and Developing Others -- Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material -- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the root cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Job Requirements


  • 5+ years in an engineering leadership role, preferably within a multi-site manufacturing operation
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering specializing in mechanical, electronic, or electrical
  • 5-10 years experience with automation projects within Consumer Packaged Goods - preferably in the Food Sector.
  • Experience successfully performing engineered designs for large-scale projects and leading project teams required
  • Familiarity with TPM, Six Sigma, LEAN or other vigorous Continuous Improvement Methodologies preferred.
  • Qualified candidates will be able to present and detail an example of a successful automation project that they have led from concept to completion.
  • Skills/Knowledge:

    • Engineering and Technology -- Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology, particularly in automation of food processing. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
    • Design -- Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in the production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
    • Computers and Electronics -- Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
    • Administration and Management -- Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
    • Customer and Personal Service -- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer services, internal and external. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
    • Building and Construction -- Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of manufacturing facilities.
    • Public Safety and Security -- Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
    • Personnel and Human Resources -- Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, and labor relations



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