Plant Engineer / Manufacturing Engineer - high-speed food

LiDestri Food and Drink | Fairport, NY

Posted Date 2/02/2024

About LiDestri Food and Drink

LiDestri Food and Drink has grown from our roots as a pasta sauce and salsa manufacturer to become an R&D engine, formulating and producing innovative food and beverage products for our national and retailer brand partners. A family-run company based in Rochester, NY, LiDestri employs over 1,200 people across five U.S. locations. We have decades-long partnerships with some of the most respected consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and the most highly inventive retailer brands.

Excellent Pay and Benefits:

  • Great career-pathing
  • Professional development, including unlimited online training courses
  • Health insurance with premium contributions
  • Dental, vision, HSA
  • 100% company paid life insurance and long-term disability
  • 401k – with employer match
  • Paid time off to include- vacation, sick pay, wellness time off, and 10 holidays
  • Company bonuses
  • And many more….


Responsible for optimizing the performance of the production equipment to improve efficiency, reduce downtime and improve the throughput of the plant and assessing equipment to determine opportunities for upgrade or replacement. Works with the plant team (quality, maintenance, engineering and operations) to identify issues and implement solutions.


  • Collaborate with the Plant Manager, Maintenance Manager, Continuous Improvement and Corporate Engineering to develop annual capital plans by recommending LFI profitability improvement projects
  • Provide technical support and training to the plant operations on identifying problems, determining opportunities for improvement and effecting change to eliminate issues
  • Lead weekly project update meetings with collaborative team members
  • Remains current with latest technology related to the manufacture of LFI products
  • Responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the plant packaging equipment and process system process meet specified internal and external regulations for both safety and quality
  • Perform standard engineering calculations for root cause analysis and corrective action
  • Support operations and maintenance to improve equipment reliability
  • Perform analysis of failure data using statistical analysis tool
  • Lead problem solving teams to identify, design and implement improvements
  • Work closely with maintenance to target maintainability issues, lower cost and improve productivity
  • Work closely with operations and maintenance to communicate the opportunities for improved equipment operation, setup, changeover and maintenance
  • Develop innovative solutions
  • Provide equipment, safety and environment risk mitigation leadership
  • Report food safety & quality problems to personnel with authority to initiate action


  • Bachelor of Science in an Engineering discipline
  • 5 years’ experience in food, beverage or pharmaceutical industry and/or high speed packaged consumer goods manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated Project Management experience as a hands-on project manager delivering project scope from concept to closure on-time and on-budget including: Project scope up to $1M; work with plant team and external contractors, manage project stakeholders – internal / external, Manage project risk
  • Effective communication skills: verbal, facilitation, presentation, documentation
  • Collaborative work style
  • Passion for continuous improvement
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to motivate and influence others
  • Lean manufacturing and/or Lean Six Sigma experience
  • Preferred experience with Allen Bradley control components and software; certified Project Management Professional; Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • Minimal travel as needed.


Ability to work in a manufacturing environment with exposure to:

  • Long periods of standing/moving, working around moving mechanical parts/conveyors
  • Loud environment, hot/cold, wet/dry conditions
  • Lifting/carrying <50 pounds
  • Frequent reaching/pulling/climbing stairs/stooping/kneeling/bending

Employee Value Proposition

Our purpose and our promise is to actively nourish at every touchpoint; this starts with nourishing our workforce and extends to nourishing our many communities. We provide a safe and respectful environment, meaningful careers, awesome benefits, a world class wellness program… all of which inspire unity and collaboration amongst our LiDestri “family”.

Employment Type
Full Time

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