Lead Engineer: Capital Projects & Process Engineering

Reference Plant Engineer: Capital Projects & Process Engineering : 0333

Our Client: Company Profile

Our client – Griffith Foods (www.griffithfoods.com)- is a global manufacturer of food products. They are looking for a Lead Engineer: Capital Projects & Process Engineering. This privately owned company is active in over 30 countries. They provide a wide range of taste and texture components for food industry customers throughout the world. Products include seasoning blends, dry mixes, coating systems, flavors… that are used in an extensive variety of application from snack foods and processed meat and poultry to ready meals. Customers include food processors, restaurant operators and grocery retailers. While the company name may not be familiar to consumers, the products are key components of foods offered by many of the world’s best-known companies.

Working at Griffith Foods – a family-owned company – has several key benefits. You work in a personable and relationship driven culture, where collaboration is vital and where every individual has a personal and visible impact on business success. A healthy work-life balance is important to the company owners, as well as the possibility and support to develop a career within the company. Griffith Foods’ employees also enjoy a highly competitive reward and benefits system.

Lead Engineer: Capital Projects & Process Engineering

Main engineering position for the Herentals site // Longer-term CAPEX projects + impact on day-to-day operations // Highly competitive salary package including company car and bonus // Member of management team // Report to Global VP Engineering


In this unique position your ability to be critical about existing practices, to think outside-the-box and your aptitude for process and project engineering will all be put to very good use. The success of your initiatives is of course also dependent on the buy-in of other key people/stakeholders within the organization (PD&I, Production, Logistics, Finance, Quality…).

As a Lead Engineer you are responsible for developing, recommending and implementing cost-effective food manufacturing process improvements within the product requirements, quality and safety standards and sustainability platform specified by Griffith’s customers. You are also responsible for project management of capital projects, engineering design, development of specifications, scope of work definition, project planning and execution, as well as organizing and coordinating resource schedules and budgets. These CAPEX projects may involve any plant technical issue including, but not limited to: dust control, material handling, automation controls (related to Industry 4.0), packaging equipment & systems, blending equipment & systems (dry and/or liquids), food manufacturing processes, sanitary design etc

This position reports directly to the Global Head of Engineering.

  • You perform analysis and make recommendations in the manufacturing processes for improvements in efficiency, quality and cost-reduction;
  • You perform design and development of manufacturing processes including production flow, assembly methods and production equipment, promoting sustainability and maximizing safety and wellbeing of employees;
  • Launch coordination of new/revised manufacturing upgrades including establishing goals, training team members and evaluating results;
  • Preparation and maintaining of detailed layouts of buildings and equipment;
  • Design, development, sourcing and testing of machinery and equipment for manufacturing improvements;
  • Planning and implementation of assigned engineering projects including defining of scope, project activities, equipment specification, contractor requirements as well as plant and customer requirements;
  • You develop and maintain schedule and budget for the projects;
  • Project status reporting and interfacing with internal client to provide project updates and to ensure customer needs are met;
  • Expenditure control; responsible for project forecasting and spending;
  • You identify project staffing requirements and you coordinate staffing with supporting managers;
  • Documenting of all aspects of projects such as directing outside contractors, project integration into the plant operation, technical information and training;
  • Coordination, preparation and delivery of project deliverables, design documents, and bid packages;
  • Product design review for compliance with engineering principles, sustainability, ergonomics, company standards, customer contract requirements, and related specifications;
  • Assignment and supervision of project personnel to specific phases or aspects of project such as technical studies, product design, preparation of specifications and technical plans or product testing;
  • You evaluate and approve design changes, specifications and drawing releases.
Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Automation or related Engineering discipline;
  • Several years of relevant engineering experience in a manufacturing, production or process industry. Experience with packaging, food processing, mixing, batching or control processing is an asset;
  • Hands-on mindset with floor experience; flexibility to work in small team environments, wearing multiple heats; solutions oriented, with preference for the practical side of business;
  • Cooperation oriented; you make sure your process and project initiatives are supported by the Herentals organization;
  • 10 % travel to other Griffith sites and vendor locations;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Dutch.

  • You’ll enjoy the benefits of working in a growing, international company with an excellent reputation as well as the advantages of working in a privately-owned company with a personable, family-focused culture and a clear long-term strategy
  • Your work has a tangible impact on the short- and long-term performance / sustainability of the Belgian Griffith Foods organization;
  • Attractive and complete remuneration package including company car, bonus scheme, insurance package…
Contact us!

If you believe you have what it takes to make things happen in this role as Lead Engineer, we would like to hear from you.

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to info@vp-recruitment.be quoting “ref 0333”. Feel free to call Wim Vander meiren (0032 (0)489 585 566) or Manu Pauwels (0032 (0)489 585 565).