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The French’s Food Company, a subsidiary of McCormick & Company, Inc. and a global leader in flavor, is seeking a full-time Project Engineer in its French’s manufacturing plant located at 4455 East Mustard Way in Springfield, Missouri (MO).  This Project Engineer will report to the Engineering & Maintenance Manager.


McCormick operates 13 plants in North America including US plants in Atlanta (GA), Commerce (CA), Gretna (LA), Lakewood Township (NJ), Irving (TX), Hunt Valley (MD) (3 locations), Springfield (MO) and South Bend (IN) along with international plants in London, Ontario, Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador and just north of Mexico City, Mexico. 


With more than $500 million in annual sales, our company has been crafting trusted foods using simple ingredients of the highest quality.  From French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, long America’s top-selling mustard, to its most recent innovations, such as French’s Ketchup, the company has a history rich with delicious creations made from what today would be considered “clean, simple ingredients.”  To learn more please visit us at


As an employer recognized for exceptional commitment to employees and their families, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services including, but not limited to tuition assistance, medical & dental, disability, group life, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays, sick days and vacations.


Under the general direction of the Engineering & Maintenance Manager, this position is responsible for simultaneously managing multiple capital projects of significant value from the evaluation through implementation stages. The role effectively works with stakeholder teams to deliver reliable solutions employing performance based technical specifications, procurement, FAT's, installation, commissioning, start-up, operation, maintenance and improvement of packaging machinery and manufacturing support systems. This role delivers effective results by investigating, analyzing and improving manufacturing equipment systems. Project workload can vary with regulatory and environmental priorities.


This position may, if required, act as the liaison with governmental and regulatory agencies, also leading projects to assure facility compliance. In this case, project workloads are replaced with a significant regulatory and environmental responsibility.   



  • Work with manufacturing and maintenance partners to provide technical support in the design, development, purchase, installation, commissioning, start-up, operation, maintenance and improvement of packaging machinery and support systems. Provide watch dog technical support periodically until improvement results are successfully sustained for a period no less than 90 days. For projects that do not deliver results, significantly refocus efforts to deliver the expected results.
  • Lead and participate in improvement activities: Focused Improvements, Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), packaging systems analysis, spare parts processes to increase reliability and overall systems optimization. Actively participate in daily management activities to improve systems reliability. Attend specific team meetings and daily plant-wide communication meetings as required to advocate and support manufacturing and other business partners results.
  • Preparation of final CAAPs in accordance with best practice procedures. Ensure that projects are properly planned to provide sufficient funding, review supporting data to determine that stated results and deliverables are achievable, and secure the necessary approvals. Monitor implementation of capital projects to ensure that projects are completed as planned and that approved funds are properly spent to deliver the specified IRR % results. Perform post-installation audits, reconcile financial metrics, and share key learnings for future project improvements.
  • Coordinates the selection, design, and layout of processing and packaging machinery to ensure efficiency, reliability, optimum space utilization and adequate production capacity. On an ongoing basis, initiate design changes and modifications to further improve machine efficiency, facilitate packaging design changes, cost reductions, and to expand the capability of existing equipment to efficiently produce new products. Assure that all projects successfully deliver vertical start-ups.
  • For sites that have a permanent regulatory engineering role, the following activities will be the responsibility of that engineer, working with other Project Engineers. For other sites, engineers may be responsible for meeting regulatory requirements pertaining to the areas of waste disposal, air emissions, and facilities permits and codes. May be responsible for timely filing of all regulatory documents to the appropriate Federal, State, and Local Governmental agencies. Assure that all employees are trained on all new regulations and support the Environmental plan for the facility.
  • Provide technical leadership of cross functional project teams to resolve technical and other challenges that develop during project execution. Seek out opportunities to coach and mentor team members on technical competencies and understanding.
  • Evaluate, develop, document and implement cost reduction projects and deliver on key targets.
  • Work closely with site training, vendors and operations teams to effectively facilitate training for technicians, managers, mechanics and other partners. Verify that knowledge is transferred effectively to the incumbents and that manufacturing certification processes are validated and robust. Lead project teams from concept through start up and through initial operational phases. Assure that all projects are successfully completed and project results are sustained.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, or Electrical) required.
  • Minimum 5 years of manufacturing or technical experience in a multi-disciplinary environment required.
  • Proven GMP food manufacture, packaging machinery experience.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment
  • Proven success in delivering multiple, simultaneous projects and managing significant cash flow.
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate employees at levels of the organization.



  • Experience in a union environment.
  • Experience working in a High-Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and/or Self-Directed Work Team environment.
  • Knowledge of SAP, manufacturing methods and related equipment.
  • Experience in the food and/or pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

French’s is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As a general policy, French’s does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future.



United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield