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Senior Project Engineer

Waverly, NY USA
Requisition ID:  13088
No of Openings:  1
Posted Date:  Jul 25, 2022
Job Function:  Facilities

Within our Waverly, NY manufacturing facility, we are seeking a highly qualified Senior Project Engineer on our plant engineering team to continue moving our organization to even larger levels of food quality, safety, and production efficiencies. We take pride in our vision to be "world's best", it's why we work harder, invest more, and continually innovate.


  • Lead and manage assigned projects/priorities by driving the completion of projects within budget, ensuring that appropriate paybacks are forecasted and achieve outcomes.
  • Schedule all project work, including design, equipment selection, construction, and equipment installation, in coordination with available downtime to minimize impact on production and driving compliance with governmental regulatory specifications (O.S.H.A., F.D.A., building codes, etc.).
  • Prepare and implement Authorization for Expenditure (AFE) by coordinating with production management, as well as other outside sources to acquire input and review.
  • Obtain quotes, develop costs analysis, create project schedules, develop and manage budgets.
  • Directly supervise contractors and coordinate with consulting services.
  • Identify, develop, and lead improvements to utility, process, or energy systems, to improve efficiency or reduce cost.
  • Oversee improvements, modifications and upgrades to processes and equipment, confirming that they are completed to facilitate production needs, and that engineering design lends itself to proper repair and maintenance.
  • Own the development of formal and informal technical training programs to plant production.
  • Provide technical and engineering expertise and mentorship to production and maintenance to improve productivity and reduce cost.
  • Inspect and approve all work done to assure quality, labor hour efficiency, compliance and contractor productivity.
  • Owns the day-to-day operation of direct reports, including providing leadership, supervision, and the development of team members.
  • Be humble, inquisitive, patient, collaborative, innovative, results-oriented, and resilient - the DNA of a Leprino employee.

You Have At Least (Required Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Five (5) years of experience in engineering, equipment reliability, AND plant maintenance.
  • Two (2) years of progressive leadership experience including leading a maintenance team.

We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Project engineering within the dairy/cheese manufacturing industry.
  • Strong project engineering experience leading capital projects of more than $2 million.


Leprino Foods embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries and bonuses, life, medical/dental/vision coverage, voluntary benefits, employee assistance programs, wellness incentives, tuition assistance, vacation, nine paid holidays, sick time, annual merit increases, as well as the LFC Profit-Sharing & 401(k) plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.

Our Story:

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 65 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that bold vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to almost 5,000 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

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Leprino Foods Company supports a drug-free workplace and is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Binghamton