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Manager, Engineering

Manager, Engineering

Requisition ID 
Job Locations 
US-IL-Bedford Park
Job Family 
Operational Excellence (OE)

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Position Location: Bedford Park, IL

Business Unit: North America


Primary Function

Manage the Engineering aspects of the Argo plant to achieve Safety, Quality, Environmental, Production, and Cost goals. Provide leadership to ensure a safe work environment at Argo and the safe design and implementation of capital projects. Collaborate with unit management in the development and implementation of methods to drive continuous improvement in systems and processes throughout Argo. Evaluate technological and process advances from around the Ingredion network and industry to assess applicability at Argo. Develop and maintain an organization which is highly skilled, motivated and performs as a results oriented team ensuring stability of current and future plant operations.


Supervision: 8 direct reports; 6 indirect


Key Deliverables




Safety and Environmental - Promote a safe work environment and safe work practices as a plant staff leader at all levels of the organization. Integrate safety and environmental aspects into all capital projects.

Driving for Results - Establish ambitious goals for personal and team accomplishment. Formulate measures and systems to monitor progress toward goal attainment.  Initiate different and innovative approaches to addressing organizational opportunities. Evaluate technological and process advances from around the Ingredion network and industry to assess applicability at Argo.

Engineering - Manage engineering activities that support the continuous improvement and ongoing operation of the plant. Direct and oversee the development, planning and execution of the Capital Expenditure Program (CEP), including preparation of the CEP plan for corporate review ensuring budget is maintained and proper designs; implementation and schedules are met for each project.  Lead the preparation and updating of a five year capital strategy for Argo. Participate along with other North American Engineering Managers in development of project execution standards and systems.


Controls Engineering - Oversee controls engineering resources to ensure the overall instrumentation, control systems, and documentation systems are capable of supporting quality and production goals of the plant to meet business needs.


Agility and Innovation


Plant Efficiency - Manage the central engineering team to drive continuous improvement and process innovation in order to meet or exceed Argo’s production and costs goals that lead to meeting or exceeding plan profit performance. Establish clear and meaningful ambitious goals for the organization that are linked to the strategies for the corporation.


Relationships and People


High Performance Team - Direct, manage and develop central engineering team that is recognized as technical leaders in Ingredion. Create team environment that delivers innovative process improvements and provides process troubleshooting to resolve complex facility issues. Create plans to ensure development of technical bench strength for the future. Assist direct reports with appropriate coaching in order to build their skills and decision making process. Complete effective performance appraisals for direct reports and give regular and proper feedback. Develop leadership and management skills in the team required to foster commitment, accountability and professionalism within the organization. Provide coaching and developmental infrastructure to improve engineering and project management skills throughout the Argo plant organization.


Knowledge, Skills, and Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering.
  • 10-15 years of significant experience managing in a manufacturing plant, or a major operation within a manufacturing plant.
  • LSS or Six Sigma background, a plus.
  • Strong financial acumen.  
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage all engineering activities including multiple capital projects and permits in a plant environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to select, develop, and coach employees. Knows how to work effectively with people from different cultures to accomplish business objectives.
  • Able to understand and integrate technical and business need into all activities. The ability to identify connections between situations that are not obviously related, grasp keep issues in complex situations and translate into action plans
  • Ability to link long range visions and concepts to daily work. Awareness on the impact of external events (Macroeconomics, Industry, Competition, Local Communities, etc) and internal events on the strategy and tactics.


Desired behavior, personal attributes,(Success Drivers And Competencies):


  • Demonstrated strong planning, organizing and time management skills; proven ability to coordinate and handle effectively a variety of assignments simultaneously and identify and resolve inner-group and interpersonal conflicts.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Able to conduct effective meetings and communicate in a clear and concise manner to all levels of the organization.
  • Proven ability to lead and facilitate in a team environment and build consensus in a positive manner with team members and customers.
  • Demonstrated ability to challenge traditional methods of accomplishing tasks or work activities; able to identify and implement creative, innovative solutions when appropriate. Willing to supportively challenge the status quo to find new, more effective tools and methods for accomplishing tasks.
  • Committed to creating and maintaining a safe work environment that values the difference of styles and options that result from Ingredion diversity. Knows how to work effectively with people from different cultures to accomplish business objectives.



Relocation Available? Yes   


Job Grade:   I