Director of Engineering

Our Minneapolis based client is a recognized leader in contract manufacturing both domestically and internationally. They pride themselves in the highest quality in development, manufacturing, and packaging. This amazing company is proud to have grown from a small family run company to an international base. They have been named “The 100 Best Companies to Work For” by Minnesota Business Magazine and work/life balance, company culture and environment are top priorities. They recently had 100% on their employee engagement survey. They are looking to add strong leaders to help an exciting expansion to their business.

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Job Description

The Director of Engineering is responsible for directing and participating in the hands-on leadership of project engineering (equipment sourcing and installation, process and packaging development), process engineering (OEE, safety, and quality improvement of existing production lines), and facilities projects. Leads and manages department staff and processes to support manufacturing of dietary supplement products in a GMP manufacturing environment. Responsible for efficient use of department resources and use of continuous improvement techniques to reduce waste and optimize labor utilization.


Roles & Responsibilities:

  • A member of the site leadership team who plans, directs and participates in the hands-on activities of equipment sourcing/installation, building projects to ensure that goals and objectives within prescribed time and funding parameters, and the facilities function.
  • Directs planning and execution of facility design changes to compliment operational needs while staying in compliance with procedural, GMP and customer requirements.
  • Directs the planning and execution of all HVAC projects and trains facility staff on appropriate HVAC processes.
  • Investigates new equipment, technologies and facility structure in the pre-planning stages of a project and determines the appropriate equipment and facility design for the application.
  • Directs and participates in activities supporting equipment receipt, installation, testing and verification and/or validation to conform to GMP and customer requirements. In particular, developing and executing FAT, IQ, OQ and PQ protocols.
  • Actively participates as a leader on the tech. transfer team.
  • Provides technical support and solutions to manufacturing groups regarding the best utilization of equipment and packaging processes.
  • Reviews and/or authors technical reports and documents for accuracy content and approve final documents.
  • Manages project capital spending within established guidelines.
  • Manages documentation program for maintenance and facilities documents.
  • Reviews and implements necessary changes to support preventative maintenance program to include management of spare parts inventory.
  • Ensures safety regulations are followed and properly documented to provide a safe work environment for employees.
  • Manage, review and write appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to support GMP operations in supervised departments.
  • Coaches and mentors department managers and supervisors, increasing the performance of the entire team.
  • Prepares and executes within department budgets.
  • Supports all departments with other projects as necessary.  
  • Is a champion for social responsibility initiatives (carbon emission, waste, and pollution reduction)
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related manufacturing field.
  • 10 years’ experience working in a regulated environment at a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility.
  • 5-10 years management experience directing maintenance and facilities operations and supporting research and development activities at a dietary supplement (or related) manufacturing company.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing and executing FAT, IQ, OQ and new equipment related PM protocols.
  • Experience interacting with the FDA, 3rd party firms (NSF) and customers during audits.
  • Experience participating in resource planning and other planning initiatives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of 21 CFR parts 111 and/or 211.
  • Proven ability to work independently and make solid decisions with little supervision and direction.
  • Ability to make decisions based on the appropriate scientific (fact based) approach and risk assessment.
  • Ability to clearly articulate directions, maintenance and facilities processes, formulations (to support R&D as needed) etc. to staff and customers verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and execute career development plans for individual employees while coaching, mentoring and training on a regular basis.
  • Ability to be innovative and think creatively while maintaining budgets.
  • Ability to plan large scale and small scale projects and to change project plans to meet immediate needs with little notice.
  • Excellent knowledge of current engineering, manufacturing and research and development practices.
  • Working knowledge of cGMP, SOPs, protocols and validation.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

About Versique

Versique is one of the largest recruiting firms in the Midwest and specializes in both consulting and permanent placement. With a valuable blend of functional, industry and recruiting experience, our award-winning team of headhunters has a proven track record of delivering exceptional talent acquisition solutions. The Versique brand represents a powerful combination of “versatile” and “unique” as it hints at the concept of “search” in it’s pronunciation: ver-seek.


Versique is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status, among other factors.



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