Manufacturing Design Engineer

J&J Snack Foods - Wentzville, MO3.6


Food Production at it's finest! We are on the leading edge of snack food innovation right here in the Mid-West and have a key role to fill. Our company offers a very competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, short/long-term disability, ESPP and 401k.

Come grOW with us.

Position Summary:

Evaluate manufacturing process by designing and conducting research programs; applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; conferring with equipment vendors; soliciting observations from operators.


Research and develop ideas and processes for new products, improve the performance and design of existing products and oversee production and packaging of final products.

  • Provide process engineering and equipment layout, integration, and specification services for projects which include comparative analysis, technical evaluations and executive summary for senior management
  • Determine design requirements
  • Determine manufacturing requirements
  • Develop manufacturing process
  • Responsible for evaluating the new product to determine if it is safe, attractive and functional
  • Conduct tests and analyze data generated from builds and lab experiments
  • Analyze and plan for installation of equipment and related activities

Implement and manage engineering projects consistent with the Company's direction that control and improve processes:

  • Production
  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Leadership
  • Adherence to SOPs
  • Coordinate with Maintenance Manager on maintenance projects
  • Utilization of CMMS to optimize asset utilization through scheduled preventative maintenance
  • Other assignments as assigned

Continuously take independent action, perform daily analysis, and provide corrective action recommendations to:

  • Manufacturing performance
  • Operating budget
  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Yield and efficiency

Collaborate with plant management and corporate staff to utilize equipment to improve employee safety, production quality, equipment reliability and overall equipment effectiveness utilizing continuous improvement techniques.

  • Develop and implement solutions for process improvement
  • Oversee the process and controls engineering and design
  • Design, specify and commission capital projects which deliver project scope, on-time and on budget, meeting agreed to stakeholder expectations
  • Contractor scope development, management of contractors and inspection of project to ensure adherence to company standards for safety, quality and practices
  • Vendor equipment investigation, selection, price negotiation, coordination, and procurement efforts related to projects
  • Remain current with the latest and emerging industry regulations and codes relative to mechanical and electrical system design and operation.
  • Communicate with Safety Committee and Safety Manager regarding OSHA compliance, safety work orders and review of job hazard analysis.
  • Maintain strong interdepartmental communication that facilitates goals.


  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to handle several projects and tasks independently.
  • Interpersonal communication and ability to clarify complex processes and procedures to staff, customers, and auditors.
  • Proficient computer skills in Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Passion and alignment with Company mission, vision, values, and operating principles.

Job Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field or at least five years of prior experience in Engineering for consumer product manufacturer.
  • Knowledge in AutoCad and PLC systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working with contract manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors
  • Experience in Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Strong understanding of electrical, mechanical and design engineering concepts.

Outstanding Benefits Include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
  • Short and Long term disability insurance
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • 401k


Job Type: Full-time


  • Manufacturing Engineering: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Engineering: 3 years (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)