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Position Title: Director Business Engineering 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Oakbrook Terrace 

Requisition ID: 28660 



At McCain Foods we know the importance that food plays in people's lives - the power it has to uplift and bring people, families, businesses and communities together.


The Business Engineering Director is responsible for taking large, strategic, complex, and/or potentially industry disruptive concepts and developing in-depth technical and project related data, which allows McCain Senior Leadership to make informed decisions to beat competition in customer satisfaction or to new markets.  In coordination with Regional Strategic Directors (primarily Manufacturing, Commercial, and Supply Chain), this role will drive an understanding and alignment of business objectives.  Deliverables generated by this role will then be used to further project development toward Senior and Board level authorizations.


How You'll Help:

  • Lead processes (Optioneering, Strategic Front-End Loading, Capital Strategy & Execution Reviews with Senior Leadership) to develop and prioritize applicable capital projects/programs consistent with business strategy
  • Ensure key capital proposals are consistent with business strategy and the scope, justification, and timing are reasonable, achievable, and aligned with business objectives
  • Provide leadership on project steering teams and engineering readiness assessments; Engage with the Capital Center of Competency and subject matter experts to support and reinforce Capital Process Best Practices
  • Engage with business and technology teams to drive business objectives and ensure quality Basis of Design, and associated documents are completed
  • Pull together Business & Engineering Alignment Meeting (BEAM) content and facilitate BEAM sessions with critical decision makers
  • Responsible for effective socialization of Engineering and technical element of scope options across multiple functions
  • Able to effectively communicate benefits and detriments of various options tied to strategic network concepts
  • Support pre-engineering processes such as asset footprinting, site selection, and Technology Selection
  • Provide and maintain internal benchmarks, while monitoring external benchmarks/metrics, for capital and non-capital related activities to effectively gauge scheduling and cost estimate performance/competitiveness and promote continuous improvement
  • Develop, maintain, and improve systems, historical data, and competency required for cost and schedule targeting, escalation & normalization, estimating & validating costs
  • Provide coaching and performance management for all Regional Project Managers, Plant Engineering Managers, and Plant Engineers as it relates to Project Controls (Estimating, Scheduling, Cost Control, and Risk & Opportunity)


Our Measurements of Success:

  • Project Management:
    • Ensures adherence to the McCain Capital Project Process
    • Project Controls
    • Able to coach/train Project Managers in Estimating, Cost Control, Scheduling, and Risk & Opportunity analyses
  • Change Management:
    • Agile thinker that can pivot quickly as concepts change in rapidly evolving markets.
  • Facilitations Skills:
    • Able to engage all manner of personalities, driving insights that result in direction.
    • Ability to think quickly and leverage wealth of past experiences.
  • Stakeholder Management:
    • Ability to work with all levels within the organization including Presidents, VPs and Directors
    • Able to influence key stakeholders through factual data and an understanding of people, constraints, markets, asset conditions, etc.
    • Ability to utilize experience and technical understanding to develop and maintain trust with Commercial and Finance leaders.
  • Time Management:
    • Ability to prioritize strategic options in a manner that removes ones not delivering business objectives, allowing focus on the concepts requiring in-depth analysis.

What you'll bring:

  • Proven Leadership through influencing others; Ability to drive results through cross-functional teams
  • Ability to understand key business strategic elements and translate those into effective capital plans
  • In-depth understanding of business unit manufacturing and technology
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the capital project process from ideation through commercial operation
  • Extensive project leadership experience
  • Understanding of Finance capital and noncapital funding policies and practices, appropriation request rules and practices, and project cost control techniques
  • Understanding and application of Business and Capital project financials and key cost elements
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong teamwork and influential management skills, and ability to work with people of many levels and across many functions
  • Ability to identify and deploy resources to early investment development efforts
  • Bachelor of Science degree in an Engineering or Technical field is required; Master of Business Administration (MBA) or equivalent degree is a plus


Travel Requirements: To be effective in this role, 25% travel to various vendors, suppliers, greenfield sites, projects, and plant sites in North America (Canada and US) is expected.



McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
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Job Family: Engineering & Technical      
Division: NA Operations 
Department: ​Engineering NA ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Illinois : Oakbrook Terrace 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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