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Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?

Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality.

Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 9000 employees in over 70 countries. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities, is what makes working at Puratos so magical.


Position Overview

Contribute to the creation of value by improving existing production tools in a defined geographical area. Together with an international team, accelerate the delivery of the digital and productivity transformation. Pursue the two objectives of increasing financial competitiveness and improving the ergonomics and quality of work for the operators. Be part of the de-centralized center of competences that pursue the goal to automate manual and repetitive activities in our operations. This consists of identifying opportunities, engineering feasible solutions, searching for innovative technologies, ensuring project implementation in compliance with quality, safety and business objectives. Drive the continuous improvement mindset, apply the asset design and project management best practices, manage a portfolio of Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) projects and develop a regional strategy to secure the implementation in time and in full of the retained projects. Regional portfolio can reach around $4M/year of CAPEX and includes several dozen initiatives in various stages of progress


Primary Responsibilities

• Continuous improvement:

• Focus on equipment design and performance.

• Challenge status quo to identify improvement opportunities

• Develop network between different geographical areas to learn and exchange good and bad practices

• Analyze KPI’s and data to chase inefficiencies.

• Portfolio Management

• Collect project opportunities based on the creation of value principle.

• Apply a selection process and track delivery progress

• Lead the decision making to maximize the benefit delivery with available resources

• Develop and implement a strategy to ensure sufficient and competent staffing of CAPEX project teams in the various locations where projects are retained.

• Close project to capture learnings and confirm value creation.

• Coach project managers of other projects in your automation portfolio

• Asset Design and Engineering

• Lead selected projects from start to finish, ensuring all project objectives and KPIs are met

• Oversee conceptual design to learn or to ensure correct implementation of standard solution.

• Ensure alignment between user requirements, solution specifications and contractual agreement.

• Ensure good integration of all digital tools to implement progressively the digital/Industry 4.0 ecosystem.

• Respect Capex procurement procedure for all projects.

• Ensure good hand-over to the end-user to enable fast creation of value.

• Standardize and harmonize asset design

• Develop a library of “ready-to-use” solutions in collaboration with the other Automation CAPEX engineers of the Group

• Search and develop innovative solutions where opportunities are identified but solutions are not found yet

• Use delivered projects to inspire and communicate flagship solutions to other plants of the Group

• Develop, together with the Group Capex Purchasing Manager, a procurement strategy with key suppliers

• Watch market trends and innovations

• Follow-up of the technical/technological evolution in the food industry (suppliers, magazines, fairs, courses, …)

• Communicate and share this knowledge with colleagues and peers.

• Look for practical applications.



Education Requirements

Minimum - Graduate/Master’s degree in Industrial or Civil or Food Engineering

Years Of Experience

Minimum Years of Experience - 10 years of demonstrated skills in engineering and management of industrial capex projects

Prior Knowledge/Experience

• Demonstrated knowledge of automation, robotization or digitalization of industrial applications.

• An appetite and passion for engineering and new technologies is an asset.

• Familiar with production process engineering (P&ID, TDS, URS, …) and safety by design

• Knowledge of utilities processing (electricity, compressed air, steam, WWT, process water, …)

• Computer science fundamentals; self-confident with new IT systems, data management and analytics.