Sr. Project Engineer

Engineering/Packaging Laurel, Maryland


We’re starting a new chapter in our journey as Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, now part of Froneri. Having nearly 100 years of winning experience in the U.S with a robust portfolio of powerhouse brands that consumers know and love, and the backing of a global pure-play ice cream organization, we’re poised to accelerate growth.

Headquartered in the Bay area, a hub for up and coming food trends, we focus on both the future and the present. In both our offices and our factories, we are determined to overcome obstacles, learn from failure, and raise our game. With a renewed focus on frozen treats, our tight-knit team of ambitious innovators are fully immersed in the business and encouraged to flex and make decisions quickly. We are committed to pursuing every great idea, and delivering the best ice cream experience to our consumers, when are where they want it.

Unleash your potential at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and discover what a sweet career has in store for you.

General Position Description:

Lead complex cross functional projects from conception to delivery. Requires mastery of project management skills that include schedule, resource and capital management for multi-million-dollar project scopes. Effectively interacts with key stake holders at all levels; from factory floor to corporate level in addition to providing technical leadership and direction to Project Engineer I & II levels.

Position Responsibilities:

Contributes to the day-to-day management of complex, multi-faceted projects within the LOC Technical Operations Department

  • Coordinates, monitors, drives submission and tracking of engineering efforts for budget and spend plan against capital budgeted estimated spend
  • Works closely with the Engineering Manager to identify and implement process improvements to optimize equipment reliability and build technical capability.
  • Anticipates and guides recovery plans for capital projects
  • Coordinates submission and tracking of capital project budgets and spend plans with the Plant Controller.
  • Interface with other functional leads and customer counterparts to facilitate completion of cross-organization activities and objectives.
  • Performs status reporting to management and customer on progress and facilitates discussions and business rhythms to assure goals are met. E.g., coordinate, facilitate, and support weekly scheduling reviews, cost reviews, Program status reviews, project, variance reporting, and provide inputs to manager for group level monthly operating reviews with the customer
  • Assists in the development of the Engineering Department work systems to improve the effectiveness of the engineering team


  • BS in Engineering (mechanical, electrical or related) - required
  • 10 + years of project engineering experience - required
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large projects greater than $5 million from concept through commissioning using cross functional teams and strategic stakeholders - required
  • Food and/or Dairy or Aseptic manufacturing experience - required
  • High speed packaging and automated systems experience - preferred
  • Electrical, process and control systems integration experience - required
  • Ammonia refrigeration system experience - preferred
  • Clean in place system (CIP) experience – preferred
  • Utility services including water, compressed air, HVAC, steam, electrical power, lighting - required
  • Experience in infrastructure strategic planning - preferred


  • Strong technical, managerial and leadership skills - required
  •   Project Engineering/Management - required
  •   Plant design & construction – preferred
  •   In-depth knowledge of food processing plant and technology - required
  •   Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety and equipment - preferred
  •   Communication and Networking.
    • Effectively communicate with senior management through written word, face to face, and online or live presentations - required
  • Understands interpersonal dynamics and can effectively build team consensus while minimizing conflict, concerns, and debate - required
  • Understanding of financial analysis and relevant business drivers - preferred
  • Positive can-do attitude – required
  • Problem solving skills – deals directly with problems, clearly communicates expectations, provides positive feedback when addressing issues of accountability – preferred
  • Strategic thinking - makes timely decisions, clearly identifies risks and opportunities for mitigation – required
  • Fluent in MS Power Point, Word, Excel & Project - required.
  • Familiar with SAP - preferred
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD - required.
  • Project Management Certification or equivalent training – preferredDreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Inc. is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.