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Plant Senior Engineering Leader

Company Name: LaHabra Bakery
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Direct, schedule and control all plant engineering/maintenance functions to obtain optimum efficiencies from the equipment, utilities and overall facilities. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the entire plant in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Provide leadership that embodies our 7 Kroger Manufacturing High Performance Work System principles. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide engineering guidance and leadership at the plant level
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Lead the development and implementation of the plant/business unit 3 year capital plan including preparing capital appropriation requests, developing competitive equipment and service bids, releasing purchase order contracts, exercising effective project management, control project funds, facilitate training and achieve the project deliverables
  • Recommend and or assist in equipment/processing system modifications and replacement
  • Remain up-to-date on technology related to plant operations
  • Develop, implement and control approved budgets
  • Create and maintain the appropriate engineering records including equipment records and manuals, drawings and diagrams, inspection reports and legal records
  • Drive the integrated maintenance process which includes the establishment and administration of an effective predictive/preventative maintenance program, work order procedures and optimized parts inventory
  • Oversee the identification, selection, skills assessment, training, performance evaluation and development process for maintenance and engineering associates
  • Lead energy management and efficiency initiatives, inclusive of plant, division and company goals
  • Work closely with outside agencies such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure plant compliance with current regulations
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe, quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements
  • Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field with relevant experience
  • 5+ years of technical experience in the food industry
  • Knowledge of Food Safety Principles, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), EPA and OSHA requirements
  • Strong attention to detail, with high degree of accuracy and precision
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking ability
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships with key stakeholders

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering
  • 6+ years of experience in the food industry dealing with capital project development and management, preventative maintenance administration, maintenance workforce management, budget responsibility and federal regulations/requirements (pay level-10)


Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: None
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time

Regions: West


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  CA || La Habra || 850 S. Cypress St. || 90631 || LaHabra Bakery || None || Engineering & Operations || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Engineer, Electrical, Information Systems, Food Safety, Engineering Manager, Engineering, Technology, Quality

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