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Engineering Services Manager 1


Los Angeles, CA, US, 90094

Shift Type:  Engineering

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Job Title

  • Engineering Services Project Manager  


  • To be determined


  • Engineering Services

Reporting to

  • DVP Engineering Services

Position Purpose

The Manager, Engineering Services is accountable for the provision of technical services in the areas of reliability, project management, and capital program management and other related engineering areas in line with business needs.

Key Accountabilities

The role will support the bakeries in the management of capital projects meeting objectives for safety, schedule, budget, maintaining sanitary design of equipment, and with an end result of meeting or exceeding design performance requirements. In addition, the role will provide support to the bakeries to enhance existing equipment reliability as measured by downtime, adherence to production standards, and service response times.




  • Is directly responsible for all elements of project management from BOD to commissioning and handover and ensures that all project objectives are met on schedule, safely and within budgetary limits. Project management duties include:
    • Scheduling, budgeting, coordinating project objectives within budgetary limits and reporting status.
    • Vendor and equipment investigation, selection, price negotiation, coordination, and procurement efforts related to projects.
    • CER development and submission, including the development of presentations to facilitate funding approvals.
    • Preparation and review of scope documents, job specifications and drawings.
    • Supervising contractors in the execution of projects and in the commissioning and handover to Operations
    • Facilitates project reviews and stakeholder meetings and provides the necessary reports on project progress and budget status.
  • Utilizes systematic approach for project management and promotes the use of tools for continuous improvement.
  • Works across Regional boundaries and provides support to local Bakery Operations and Maintenance Teams to ensure the timely completion of small budget projects.
  • Manages regional multiyear Capital Program, including plan development and regular reporting on project status, commitments, and spending.
  • Interacts with Business Units and Division Supply Chain teams, along with Corporate Support Services, to share best practices, upgrade common work processes, and provide feedback on vendor and equipment performance and input for continuous improvement.


  • Uses a playbook approach to bakeries Maintenance functional improvement including:
    • Analysis and Prioritization of Reliability issues
    • Evaluating Maintenance Program effectiveness through auditing, gap analyses, and development of remediation plans
    • Storeroom Parts right sizing and optimization audits
    • Auditing personnel skill sets, identifying gaps and developing appropriate training plans
    • Setting Measurement systems in place to assure progress
    • Challenging the Bakery Team toward CI
  • As Subject Matter Expert, generates engineering solutions to repetitive failures and other problems that adversely affect plant operations.
  • Assists in management of equipment supplier related issues causing inefficiencies, regulatory, safety and/or quality problems.
  • Ensures equipment is in compliance with all sanitation, safety and environmental requirements by local and federal regulatory authorities. 

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Experience of 7 to 10 years of reliability engineering and project management in food engineering.
  • Knowledge of asset care and maintenance management. Preferred experience in SAP maintenance management.
  • Experienced in Maintenance KPIs utilized to improve Maintenance performance resulting in best class uptime. 
  • The leadership style and mental agility to move effectively between strategic roles and hands-on execution roles.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced dynamic environment
  • Sense of urgency – Completes assignments right the first time and understands the need



  • Successful leadership over diverse types of capital projects from simple to complex. Ability to manage projects from feasibility thru start up and performance validation.
  • Knowledge of current personnel safety, food safety, environmental and regulatory compliance issues related to manufacturing and in the food industry.
  • Experience applying engineering knowledge cross-functionally to support new food development and commercialization in specialty foods categories.
  • Must have good planning and coordination skills.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office skills a must.
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively to wide variety of stakeholder.
  • Maintain valid passport, visa or other credentials for international travel

Education, Technical Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Proficiency Level



Candidates considered for the Engineering Services Manager role will have outstanding interpersonal skills and leadership traits. In order to be successful, candidates must be highly results-oriented, driven, focused and able to balance multiple priorities and issues in a fast-paced manufacturing environment. They will possess an exceptional level of intellectual, professional and interpersonal agility and flexibility, combined with strong analytical and strategic problem solving skills. They will have the ability to collaborate while at the same time having the initiative to drive for results.  Of critical importance will be the ability to know when to finish analysis and transition to implementation. The Engineering Services Manager must be a team player with a balanced ego and an approachable style.

Candidates will also have a strong affinity and passion for the business and the customers that we serve each and every day.  Finally, they must possess exceptional integrity and ethics.


B.S. Engineering (any discipline)

AutoCAD Proficiency


Physical Requirements

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.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly required to climb, stand or walk for extended periods of time.
  • Use a computer keyboard and monitor more than 75% of total work time.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme cold.
  • The noise level in the work environment is often moderate to loud.
  • We are a 24 hour/7 day manufacturing operation, where we must have the ability to work different shifts and weekends on occasion.
  • The role could involve 25-75% travel depending on projects.






Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.