Associate Director - Engineering Capability Lead North America

Req #: 1707439
Location: East Hanover, NJ US
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Job Category: Engineering
Job Description

Even if you’re not familiar with our name, you’ve almost certainly heard of our billion-dollar brands like Cadbury, Milka, Prince and Oreo. Developing the world’s favorite snacks, we’re passionate about creating delicious moments of joy for people all around the world. Working at Mondelēz International is all about the power of big - and small.


Why big? Because we’re the world’s leading maker of Chocolate, Biscuits, Candy and Gum. We’re ranked #1 in chocolate, biscuits and candy, and #2 in gum. What’s more, we employ over 100,000 people worldwide and market products in around 165 countries. 


Why small? We go out of our way to hear everyone’s point of view, and develop local roots wherever we go. It’s this combination of big and small that drives everything we do.


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Engineering is where your brilliant ideas can become a delicious reality. You’ll develop the highly technical processes and competitive-advantaged assets behind every product we make, whether it’s an imaginative chocolate bar triangle like Toblerone, an irresistible breakfast snack like belVita or some wonderful new treat we haven’t even thought of yet.

Position Purpose Statement

MDLZ is committed to improving the efficiency of our production lines to increase our competitiveness with great emphasis on the use of six sigma techniques. It is therefore important that  when we introduce new production lines and innovations that these techniques are used during the whole project life cycle including concept, design and implementation phase of a project. 

This will ensure vertical start up as well as project delivery on time and on cost.

This role will lead the development of the DFSS (Design for Six Sigma) capability within the NA engineering community as an integral part of the IL6S agenda as well as capability building  across all dimensions of engineering including project management and key technical and functional skills.

Further, the position owns the IIM (Innovation and Initiative Management) pillar implementation and roll out. This includes the roll out of MP workshop and FMEA capability next to other key Standard Work Systems.  As such this role helps to ensure that IIM is established on all major projects (SCR, growth & innovation) and provides leadership for a sustainable pillar implementation on regional and site level.

The Engineering Capability and Training lead is responsible to develop and drive Engineering Capabilities to ensure that regional, country and plant engineering teams design, plan and implement projects with excellence.

This includes Engineering knowledge transfer and application across the region. Maintain and develop training and development programs and ensure tools are an integral part of the Engineering scorecards.

This position is functionally linked to the Director of the Mondelēz International University and leads the talent development programs for the engineering function. 

The role is accountable for coordinating and moderating engineering driven workshops including FMEA workshops, MP workshops and CQV workshops in conjunction with the regional IIM coach who is providing tools and templates. The role also drives line improvement workshops creating projects to support the categories’ productivity funnel.  

The role has a PMO function overseeing the technology platform activities.

The job holder works in a complex and challenging environment therefore a high degree of interpersonal, cross cultural, influential and conflict management skills are required.

Size of responsabilty (directional) for a region. 

Principal Accountabilities / Responsibilities

1) Develop and drive Engineering capabilities to ensure that the NA regional engineering team design, plan and implement projects with excellence.  This includes:

  • Engineering knowledge transfer and application across NA
  • Engineering training
  • Project management training
  • IIM and FMEA 
  • Talent development programs

2) Ensure IIM is embedded cross functionally (RD&Q, PCM, BD, SCR, Engineering) and embedded in all major growth, SCR and innovation projects

3) Support the resource assessment aligned with the capital plan 

  • Close collaboration with the BD, SCR and Engineering leads during the regional capex plan consolidation aligning resources and capabilities

4) Develop a database and communication tool of Best Practice Engineering for key projects, drive collaboration with CI to fully leverage IL6S within IIM, support simplification agenda with SCR through appropriate communication tools (e.g. menu cards).

5) Active communication and knowledge management for the ‘Line of Future’ regional roll-out program.

  • Ensure strong linkage, including feedback loop, with global category LOF teams
  • Embed RTO within NA

Primary stakeholders for this position will be the Regional Engineering team (c.80 people, based across 16 sites), the regional SCR team, the Category BDs, R&D, as well as the Global Engineering community for the LoF program. 

The position will require the individual to interact & influence key stakeholders to a variety of levels across the business to ensure that resources will be qualified, tools being provided to ensure Strategic plans are adequately resourced.

Operating Environment

Complexity:  Regional scope covering multiple categories, business units and countries within each region. Involves many stakeholders whose interests must be considered, including:  Global and Region Category Teams; Region PMOs; Country project leaders; and Integrated Supply Chain leadership.

Other Comments / Relevant Information

  • Implementation of global and regional standards are instrumental to achieve (VSU) vertical start-ups. 
  • As leader of the capability building ,training program this position will have a direct influence on the knowhow and expertise of the entire engineering organization (+1000 engineers around the globe).
  • Review and approval of the MP data base as part of IIM (innovation initiative management) will ensure that standards and new developments – LoF – technology will be further improved. 


Knowledge including: education, qualifications and training

  • Bachelor or Master degree in Engineering or related field
  • Good understanding of IL6S
  • Green or Black belt (preferred)
  • Proven project management skills and knowledge of six sigma
  • Several years’ experience and proven track record in process improvement
  • Extensive knowledge of plant operation and manufacturing processes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of product technologies – predominantly food industry
  • Good knowledge of Project Management Tools
  • Has experience leading and directing others.
  • Long record (> 10 years) of Project Management, Mentor and Coaching experience. High level of communication skills. 
  • Broad technical knowledge and competency of engineering and supply chain processes
  • Record of successes and skills developing organization capability
  • Fluent in English (other languages such as Spanish or Mandarin) 


  • Highest degree of interpersonal, cross cultural and conflict management skills required 
  • Effective relationship builder, with ability to influence remote teams
  • Ability to manage and work with complexity and ambiguity 
  • Excellent communication and coaching skills
  • Excellent project management and coordination skills on an international level
  • Certified IL6S/TPM Instructor (or commitment to training plan for this qualification)
  • Ability to prioritize and drive a wide agenda
  • Passion to drive continuous improvement
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Customer focus and listening skills
  • Excellent communication skills in cross-functional international team
  • Fast adaptation and integration into local environment and teams
  • Capable to pull in knowledge, support and resources of many diverse functions
  • Ability to describe complex technology to non-technical people
  • Mobility and readiness to work in different countries and cultural environments
  • Influencing skills to drive Best Practice solution combined with best local fit and ownership
  • Ability to take risks when appropriate and make timely, fact based decisions
  • Motivating Others


  • Min 10 years’ experience in project management and Coaching. Proven track record to lead major category projects and capability building thru mentoring and coaching programs
  • Multi-Category experience desired
  • FMEA, MP and lean workshop experience desired
  • Proven communication ability at senior level

Mondelēz Global LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require accommodation to participate in the job application process may contact 847-943-5460 for assistance.

Applicants must complete all required steps in the application process, including providing a Resume/CV, in order to be considered for this position.
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