VP Engineering

Wenger Manufacturing Inc - Sabetha, KS

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $170,000 a year
Wenger Manufacturing, was founded Wenger Mixing Company in a small Kansas (USA) town in 1935. They went on to design a machine that blended molasses with dry feedstuffs and produced pellets in 1948. Theirs was the first extrusion cooking system and the basic technology for their commercial extruders used today.

The Wenger brothers' novel idea created a worldwide industry. And, eighty-three years later, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. is still a family-owned business committed to groundbreaking innovation in the extrusion market.

Today, remaining true to their heritage and customers, Wenger offers a range of premium single-screw extruders, twin-screw extruders, dryers/coolers, flavor coating and enrobing systems, and control systems. A new generation of proud employees works toward customer satisfaction daily in multiple plants, a world-class research and development center, and in sales and service offices around the globe.

Wenger equipment is unmatched in quality. Perhaps even more importantly, they've built a reputation for having lasting partnerships with customers. Lasting because of their dedication, ingenuity, and responsiveness – and a promise to carry out that commitment for generations to come.

The Vice President of Engineering (VPE) manages and directs engineering work and will be responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate development of all product designs, related quality and problem resolution. This role also is involved in strategic planning. The VPE will have the authority to direct and coordinate all engineering activities to effectively execute product design & implementation to meet Wenger and its customers objectives, partner with Management to develop systems and controls to ensure compliance with our V-M-V, Operational Excellence Campaign, Business Plan Objectives and all related activities and associated goals/targets to these key initiatives. The VPE will have a responsibility for all U.S. related efforts and will also provide support to Wenger do Brazil and other Wenger business units as directed by their Supervisor. This role requires effective communications, interpersonal and team building skills to support the organization. Employees of Wenger Manufacturing will support our core values of Integrity, Ingenuity and Initiative.

Key Responsibilities

Product Engineering Design, Direction and Delivery in consultation with Production and Sales Departments.
Develops and directs procedures and methods to ensure key objectives related to safety, quality, accuracy, and financial are met and maintained.
Provides engineering expertise in the areas of tooling, prints, specifications, raw material selection, product deployment, installation and maintenance.
Ensures current and accurate costings for development & production product in conjunction with accounting.
Ensures the effective use of engineering tools such as DFMEA, DVP&R, VAVE, etc., within their department and in conjunction with Operations and other essential departments and Teams.
Fosters a culture of continuous learning, improvement and opportunity at all levels of engineering team interaction; Process – Product – People.
Supports Kaizen events and other related activities.
Supports quality management system (QMS) mindset and tools related to flawless product deployment, included but not limited to; 8D, 5 Why, fish bone charts and A-3 Countermeasure to consider and implement corrective actions.
Fully supports the Wenger Management Review Process and provides guidance and ensures collaboration with all related business plan objectives and associated metrics.
Prepares & Manages the engineering budget.
Manages product design from design to execution (cradle to grave).
Recommends methods, materials and layouts for improvement based on manufacturing needs, capabilities and cost.
Builds, develops and manages an effective engineering Team capable of carrying out needed engineering activities in a timely and efficient manner.
Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Product Engineering Design, Direction and Delivery in consultation with Production and Sales Departments.
Manages 5-6 direct supervisors, responsible for 30-40 employees and their effectiveness in the Engineering Dept. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of these units. Directly supervises 2 non-supervisory employees.
Carries out supervisor responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning assigning and directing work, appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Physical/Environmental Requirements:
Manufacturing environment: may be exposed to loud noises, machinery with moving parts.
Must always lead and adhere to safe practices.
Wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when in manufacturing areas (safety glasses and safety shoes).
Domestic and International travel required, approx. 10%.
Bending, stooping, twist, turn, sitting for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 30 lbs. occasionally.

Minimum Qualifications:
Advanced computer skills and associated software.
Must be able to work in team environment and lead when appropriate.
PE license (specific state to be declared).
Experience preferred with food grade equipment design and plant layout.
Experience with automation and controls.
Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language.
Have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and/or electrical engineering and have 15 or more years related experience.
Passing of pre-employment background check and drug/alcohol screening is required.
Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree

Critical Leadership Capabilities

Creates Collaborative Relationships
Delivers Consistent Results
Engages Employees
Navigates Complex Challenges
Practices Breakthrough Thinking

Key Supporting Competencies

Comfort Around Higher Management
Customer Focus
Drive for Results
Functional/Technical Skills
Priority Setting
Action Orientated
Peer Relations

Critical Functional Competencies

Critical Thinking without paralysis
Make Principles
Customer Focus