Director, Engineering at Clemens Food Group in Hatfield, Pennsylvania

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

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Director, Engineering

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Requisition ID
# of Openings Remaining
Employment Status
Regular Full-Time
1st Shift


Clemens Food Group is the industry leader in customer solutions. Originally founded in 1895, the Company has a long rich heritage, deeply rooted in values. Clemens Food Group is a vertically coordinated company that includes hog farming, food production, logistical services, and transportation. To this day, it remains steadfastly dedicated to continuing previous generations' commitment by operating as good stewards of the community and the environment, offering quality innovative products and services, and working with our business partners, customers, employees, and family members with the highest degree of integrity and ethics.


Talent Management
Ensure monthly coaching is occurring at all levels toward progress of individual goals is in place for team.
Identify top-talent and ensure mentoring is in place for these individuals.
Identify growth opportunities for team by enabling exposure to rest of organization and delegate assignments accordingly.
Assess talent for the entire team and ensure succession planning and tailored individual plans exist at all levels.
Ensure necessary skills for team success are identified and plans to develop are in place.
Serve as hiring manager for all direct reports by selecting and evaluating individual candidates.
Perform networking and recruiting activities to identify top talent pipeline candidates.
Utilize the Clemens Food Group Screening process & tools.
Drive the development, adherence and effectiveness of the onboarding plan for team.
Ensure alignment and definition of all roles with clear expectations & KPIs for team members
Ensure team members are encouraged to support community opportunities.
Reiterate importance of Key Expectations and encourage direct reports to coach to these expectations.
Performance Management
Develop the team through the CFG Performance Excellence process (i.e., strategic plans, initiatives, team scorecard and individual development plans are in place for all areas).
Ensure strategic plans for teams are based on customer engagement feedback.
Review proposed initiatives for teams and ensure progress on approved initiatives is occurring.
Review respective team scorecards on a regular basis and ensure action items exist to close any gaps to targets.
Review progress on direct reports individual plans (objectives, developmental plans, skill development) and ensure team is doing the same.
Seek feedback to ensure Operations performance is meeting the expectations of internal customers (i.e. Customer Solutions)
Communicate progress of team and individual development goals with leadership.
Ensure organizational structure supports company objectives
Participate in key initiative and area opportunity improvement meetings.
Ensure plans are in place for team to be ready for various compliance internal / external audits.
Align internal support areas to support company initiatives.
Establish Key Indicators that support company objectives.
Ensure external benchmarks are incorporated into target / goals - where applicable.
Provide support for direct reports to conduct effective team meetings promote achievement of goals and objectives.
Participate in customer relationship-building activities and create business development plans for area.
Create a culture of process improvement by addressing root cause and ensuring solutions are scalable across the organization.
Encourage direct reports to improve the process and not just the fix the issue.
Proactively address business interruptions and make sure plans are in place to execute upon.
Ensure area scorecard, opportunities, organizational visibility is provided to senior management and key stakeholders.
Manage vendor base to ensure adequate vendors are qualified to meet CFG needs
Develop and manage specifications for equipment, installation, etc...
Manage projects that have the highest rate of return and which fit into master schedule.
Maintain process to report project updates to leadership team
Manage Capital Budget process including but not limited too, annual planning process, Capital Reviews, and budget management,
Conduct formal review of cost and status for all projects managed by direct reports.
Be a resource to the engineering team to provide guidance in project development, vendor selection, and general project management
Ensure that each project manager is following the standard specification process and that all necessary project tasks have a standard specification for completion.
Ensure that each project has a schedule and that the schedules are beign adhered to and adjusted as necessary.
Audit that our current project procedures are beign followed.
Lead team to establish a set of project management standards (SOP's) to be followed for all capital projects.
Ensure that all projects are not going over the approved project amount. Any project that will cross the approved amount will be reapproved and a new NPV performed prior to going over.
Utilize standard bidding process during project tasks to keep vendors competitive.
Approve requisitions and invoices for payment as necessary.
Create a standard set of specifications to use for projects.
Ensure all plant drawings are up to date as necessary.
Oversee Fabrication and Machine shop departments
Align Engineering and Fabrication departments for optimum utilization of internal resources
Strategic Direction
Drive the short and long term capacity, facility and capital (i.e. $30M) planning.
Lead, manage and communicate results of entire capital spending process.
Seek, identify and introduce best practices for all processes.
Align area capabilities to organizational needs and strategic opportunities.
Facilitate initiative development for team.
Leverage vendor relationships for best practice identification and implementation.
Understand how area will support company strategies and incorporate into team direction-setting.
Connect with the industry to ensure best practices are being developed.
Lead automation/labor reduction efforts for the company
Participate in Clemens Food Group Strategy sessions.
Active participation in the development of company initiatives and objectives.
Influence Clemens Food Group strategic sessions by providing input and ideas.
Conduct feedback sessions with other area leadership
Team CFG
Participate in area celebrations.
Serve as liaison for customers and industry regulatory agencies (USDA, OSHA, DEP, DOT, etc.)
Participate in customer visits and interactions for Customer Solutions.
Participate in panel interviews for positions outside of area.
Participate in Board Meetings (as required).
Participate in job definition session for positions outside of area.
Participate in community events.


Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B.S.) is preferred.
7 Years Engineering experience with 3+ years management experience
Prior experience in customer facing positions preferred
Excellent written/verbal communication/presentation skills
Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to function at a high level within a team environment
Ability to work independently and with individuals from multiple disciplines and with varying levels of experience
Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment where change and growth are part of the culture
Strong MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint skills (proficiency in MS Access a plus)
Strong problem solving skills and attention to detail
Approximately 15% travel required

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