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Plant Engineer at The J. M. Smucker Company

Plant Engineer

The J. M. Smucker Company McCalla, AL Full-Time
Why Smucker is the Place for You

You deserve a positive and encouraging work environment - one that allows you to deliver your best work while enjoying each day. That is exactly what you will find at Smucker. Inspired by our unique culture, we are determined to support every employee as part of our commitment to be an employer of choice. Highlights include:

Comprehensive benefits package effective first day of employment, including: medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) Savings Plan with up to 7% Company match, 3 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid company holidays plus 4 personal days, parental leave, and annual holiday bonus
Ensuring a collaborative and friendly workplace – an environment you will look forward to coming into each day

Your Opportunity

At Smucker, we view our manufacturing operations as the heart of our efforts to deliver food people and pets love. It is foundational to our commitment to provide safe, high-quality products our consumers count on for themselves and their families. With this, we believe passionately in promoting manufacturing as a career. That means ensuring continued growth and development opportunities to help you expand your skills while providing an enjoyable and supportive environment.

You will be able to lead and contribute in meaningful ways at our new greenfield McCalla, AL facility, where we will produce the very popular Uncrustables sandwiches and are also looking forward to development of new and innovative products.


The plant engineer is responsible and accountable for day-to-day tasks include determining standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, controls engineering, inspection and maintenance, inspecting plant and machinery to ensure optimum performance, directing the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, scheduling and planning production activities at the McCalla facility. This person should have a keen eye for detail and the ability to interface across disciplines and at all levels.


Lead the McCalla Engineering organization

Work jointly with HR and the Consumer SBA Engineering team to establish staffing and resource needs; execute recruiting and hiring for open positions; own the development and execution of on-boarding processes and materials for new team members
Responsible for coaching and development of the engineering team including setting objectives, conducting performance appraisals, providing career coaching, cultural development, and ongoing performance management

Capital Management

Own and manage McCalla’s Capital budget; track Capital spending against budget and manage accordingly
Develop the McCalla 5-Year Capital Plan; work includes establishment, maintenance, forecasting and reporting of McCalla’s Capital needs; work with Finance, Operations, and Consumer TSO to ensure plans align with the Plant and Consumer SBA Masterplans

Initiative & Project Management

Lead the Initiative Management (IM) Pillar for the McCalla plant including implementation of IM tools and coaching/development of plant resources; support SBA and Company efforts in design and improvement of corporate project management systems including IM Pillar team efforts
Ensure effective and efficient execution of projects across the McCalla plant; lead projects directly as required; in conjunction with SBA and Corporate engineering resources select appropriate strategies for major Projects
Manage project Capital and Expense spending; ensure finance standards are being followed by project and start up leaders; ensure proper purchasing standards are followed during the execution of equipment specifications and requisitions; analyze spend trends and use date to improve systems
Ensure successful project start-ups using IM tools including development of equipment standards & specifications; Factory Acceptance Testing protocol and Commissioning protocol; coach engineering resources and project startup leaders
Participate in and provide technical feedback for new initiatives and product development; partner with R&D in new product development to ensure successful engineering and equipment selection to deliver required process transformations

Property, Buildings and Facilities Ownership

Maintain property records for site including titles, deeds, and surveys; manage document preparations for permits and permit records; develop and maintain facilities master plans for maintenance (structural integrity) and improvements including common areas, roofs, HVAC, plumbing, sewers, floors, etc.; manage interface with Company Risk Management Manager and Insurance Provider (currently FM Global)
Manage the facilities / utilities department and systems at the plant. Ensure proper maintenance of all facilities / utilities’ equipment including the use of appropriate SQMS standards and PSM requirements

Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Ownership

Lead the development of the McCalla BCP to address personnel, property, facility, utility and equipment needs after a business interruption
Own the McCalla BCP ongoing, and make updates and revisions as necessary

Provide Technical Safety, Environmental and Sustainability Leadership

Provide input to technical safety programs (Process, Combustion, Pressure Vessel, Fire, and Thermal & Electrical); ensure all projects meet tech safety and environmental requirements through coordination with and audits by the Plant HS&E Leader
Work with Sustainability Leader(s) on efforts to meet sustainability goals including energy, water, and waste reduction



A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering is required


At least 7 years of engineering experience is required
At least 5 years of manufacturing experience is required
Demonstrated capability in leading large and complex teams is required
Strategic leadership experience is required
Capital project management experience is required
Previous people management experience is required
Profit and loss experience is required
Ability to work a flexible work schedule is required
Demonstrated experience in building a high-performance work culture and systems is preferred
Experience in one or more of the following technologies is a must: process/making equipment, packaging equipment, process controls, electrical and/or controls engineering, facilities engineering, and/or new plant construction and start-up
Food or Beverage industry experience is preferred

Learn More About Working at Smucker

Our Total Rewards Benefits Program
Our Continued Progress on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity




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