Senior Principal Engineer - Tech Services in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 1/15/2021

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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:


Job Posting Title:

Senior Principal Engineer - Tech Services

Job Description:

**Open to WFH or other locations near one of our facilities**

Position Summary:

The Sr. Principal Engineer—Tech Services will be accountable for being recognized as a leader, demonstrating and enhancing SME Skill Set(s) (Subject Matter Expert) to technical peers within technical situations to throughout all phases of a project including Operation/Production Optimization. Recognized within the organization as a Thought and Servant Leader, the Sr. Principal Engineer—Tech Services will initiate technical leadership to identify and develop key strategies, programs or projects that delivers the highest value business benefit to the company.  Ability to communicate and lead within all levels of the organization, including cross functional teams is a fundamental skill set for this position.    

Position Responsibilities:

  • Self –starter and known for bringing ideas forward
  • Continuous Improvement of governance for key strategies / programs across the enterprise (includes development and roll out of new)
  • Leverage subject matter expertise in assigned areas to drive continuous improvement, standardization, and technology.
  • Keeps current and mentors to latest industry regulations and codes relative to equipment system design and operation
  • Provides in depth review of technical and economic feasibility analysis to other groups within THS that are focused on improvements to the current state  that deliver competitive advantages
  • Estimates include, but are not limited to :
    • Technology assessment and recommended solutions
    • Physical location and general arrangement placements (drawing level)
    • Infrastructure requirements and needs assessment
    • Preliminary Capital / Expense Estimates
    • Work with the Engineering Project Team to determine a design schedule that meets that overall project schedule requirements.
    • Equipment / System Performance criteria
    • Identification of Alternatives, Pre-requisites, Risks, and Opportunities
    • Write detailed functional control descriptions for the unit operations and processing systems recommended by the Engineer.
  • Keeps current and mentors implementation of the latest technology and commercial applications
  • Leads/Co Leads Performance Start Up protocols - FATs, SATs & CQVs
  • Factory Acceptance Tests
  • Site Acceptance Tests
  • Commission & Qualify & Verify

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • BS Degree in Engineering
  • 12 plus years in Food Manufacturing Design
  • Proven thought and servant leadership qualities, verbal and written communication skills, as well as technical analysis and problem solving skills are required.
  • Pro-active in team development which includes partners from R&D and Continuous Improvement Teams to drive improved performance, cost & or Quality
  • Continuous Improvement mindset, to challenge current processes both internally and externally with ability to bring adaptable solutions forward


Bachelor’s Degree Required – Type: Engineering (SME Area of Focus Preferred: Enter SME Requirement Here--IE Programming)

Certification/Licensure/Designation Required for Job: Continued skills training required

Preferred Attributes, Qualifications & Working Conditions:


Enter 50% of time



Location Dependent

Travel (other than driving)


Given time frames may be higher- Pending project execution obligations

Exposure to moving mechanical parts


When near equipment at plant or equipment manufacturing sites     

Exposure to fumes or airborne particles


When near equipment at plant or equipment manufacturing sites

Noise Level


When near equipment at plant or equipment manufacturing sites      

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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