Golden State Foods

Engineering Manager - KanPak - Ark City

Location US-KS-Arkansas City
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KanPak®, a golden state foods company, is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of the very best beverage, yogurt and dessert solutions. Aseptic technology is at the heart of many products we create, allowing all KanPak® products to ship and store without refrigeration for up to 12 months, but it’s our state-of-the-art beverage manufacturing capabilities and exceptional customer service that really set us apart from competitors.  
Coffee beverages, creamers, yogurt, frozen desserts, and specialty beverages – no matter what kind of product you’re looking for, we can deliver. Our aseptic processing and packaging makes our solutions more convenient, efficient and environmentally friendly.
We are seeking an energetic, skilled Engineering Manager in Arkansas City, Kansas. 


The Engineering Manager utilizes sound engineering principles to plan, manage, own, and execute capital projects that enhance safety, quality, and profitability for the company. Responsibilities include Supervising direct reports, Planning and directing day-to-day activities of Engineering staff, project scoping and design, project management, bid solicitation, managing contractors, and ensuring the successful implementation and completion of projects. This position builds relationships and coordinates closely across departments to ensure accurate planning, scheduling, and financial reporting.



Primary Objectives:

  • Coordinate GSF Quality activities and operations to meet objective for quality, food safety, integrity, regulatory compliances, cost, safety, and customer satisfaction at KanPak
  • Participate in formulating and administering division’s short and long range goals and objectives for business growth.

  • Direct and Coordinate Engineering Operations and Supervision of Direct Reports.
    • Plans and directs the day-to-day activities of Engineering and Maintenance staff to ensure optimal utilization of engineering resources, optimal balance of work week and weekend work priorities, effective work order processing, rapid production breakdown response, efficient project completion, and implementation of other engineering policies and procedures.
    • Supervises Engineering and Maintenance staff, including work allocation, training and development, performance appraisal, and motivation, to ensure engineering operations objectives are met.
  • Provide leadership to develop and control the Capital Program.
    • Provide efficient planning and communications to ensure that the Capital Plan meets the company needs.
    • Own and develop the Capital Program to streamline its efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Manage all KanPak projects from start to finish.
  • Provide sound engineering principles to facilitate the execution of the projects.
    • Review equipment needs with all departments to optimize our performance.
    • Review with maintenance needs to provide consistent utilities and structure.
    • Work closely with accounting to ensure proper cost control and documentation of capital assets.
    • Keep abreast of new technology and equipment upgrades, to recommend new ideas.
    • Provide leadership with all projects to achieve the manufacturing, safety & security, quality, and financial goals of KanPak.
  • Manage Contractors
    • Ensure that all safety policies and procedures are complied with by outside contractors.
    • Initiate/review bid packages for multiple vendors to provide competitive costs.
    • Obtain proper documentation that the contractor is qualified to do the job at hand.
    • Reviews work with contractors to ensure work is done to specifications and written procedures.
  • Manage Equipment
    • Designs and/or specifies equipment that meets the requirement of Operations, Sanitation, Food Safety, Maintenance and Safety.
    • Develops designs that utilizes standard, off the shelf components whenever possible.
    • Ensure that all new equipment is properly guarded, safe to operate, and meets OSHA standards.
    • Review’s equipment needs with vendors and manufacturers to insure performance and proper application.
    • Update building drawings to include any new modifications.
    • Facilitate training and documentation for employees on any new equipment.


  • BS degree in an engineering field or equivalent education/experience.
  • 7+ years of experience as a Project Engineer and/or Engineering Manager.  Proven ability to plan and manage multiple projects on-time and under budget.
  • 5 years of supervisory experience. 
  • Excellent knowledge of design and visualization software such as AutoCAD, Solid works, etc.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of safe design, sanitary design, food processing equipment, and packaging equipment is desired.  Familiar with best practices for food manufacturing and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of electrical power, hydraulics, pneumatics, and facility design is desired.
  • Strong project management skills and proven ability to manage multiple projects on-time and under budget.
  • Aptitude for working collaboratively with multiple disciplines within teams and projects.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

KanPak, LLC encourages diversity in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran

Applicants only; No Recruiters please.

KanPak, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms to recruit, hire, train, and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. KanPak will not discriminate against persons because of their disability, including disabled veterans, and will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees and applicants with disabilities.



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