Engineering Chicago, Illinois


Position at Swift Prepared Foods






Business Development & Engineering Manager



Our Company, Your Opportunity:            

Swift Prepared Foods is a company with an 80-year history of providing high quality, great tasting sliced meats, bacon, ham and ribs.  Swift Prepared Foods, formerly known as Plumrose USA, was recently acquired by JBS, the world’s leading provider of beef, chicken and pork, with a vision of building the company into a leader in Protein Centric Prepared Foods.  This is a unique opportunity to be in a start-up environment, with the backing of a Global CPG Powerhouse.  This is a role for someone who is looking for an entrepreneurial challenge in a company with aspirations to be leaders within the CPG world.  The position will have both strategic and tactical elements.  This is an opportunity for a person who wants to think Big, dream Big and work to make Big ideas a reality.


Our Mission:

To be THE BEST in all we do.  We are completely focused on our business, ensuring the BEST products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers and profitability for our shareholders.  All this, we do to provide an opportunity for a better future for all of our TEAM MEMBERS.




Scope of Position:


The Business Development & Engineering Manager takes a multi-focused approach to assisting the operations team with the project management of capital projects; process improvements for operational efficiencies, oversight of Plant variances and assisting with new product/process launches.  The primary responsibility of this role is the coordination and completion of major capital projects on time, safely, and in budget to drive company expansion and optimize current operations.




  • Manage major capital projects with scope ranging from $.5 – >$20M
  • Assists with overall management of capital budget for the plant and ensure financial policy is being followed as it relates to capital project management.    
  • Work with operations team to generate layout drawings, gather competitive bids, coordinate installation of equipment, track invoices and payments.
  • Establish and track key performance indicators (KPI’s) for plant PSM coordinators. 
  • Arrange to have appropriate records prepared and maintained
  • Manage total capital spend and project timelines including line and plant startups
  • Own the commercialization process during the planning and execution phases
  • Support process to develop and formalize standard operating procedures (SOPs). 
  • Owns the hand-off from project team to plant operations
  • Maintain frequent communication with all plant departments as well as external vendors

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


Skills and Qualifications:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Operations Management or related field.  Combination of directly related experience and education will be considered.
  • 7+ years of directly related work experience within the meat/food industry with a background in planning, manufacturing, quality and or maintenance.
  • Sliced meats processing, slicing & packaging knowledge
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Efficient time management skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer skills, including knowledge of AutoCAD and Microsoft Office products
  • SAP knowledge beneficial





The position will require about 50% – 75% travel.




If interested, please apply at

We offer a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, and a 401 (K) plan.

Plumrose USA is an equal opportunity employer.