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European Director Engineering

European Director Engineering

Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The role

Upfield is looking for highly experienced Engineering Director for the European continent to drive, steer and shape an ambitious CAPEX program within the diary .  In this role you will be responsible for the whole change cycle of all of our factories in Europa. The uniqueness of this part of the job is that you need to feel comfortable to step in to the operations key projects within these diary factories. Aseptic processing is expected to be well known territory

Besides the operational part, you need to be C-level savvy, advising the CEO and the Global Engineering Lead on takeovers, Capital plans etc.

  • Implements and maintains the Global Engineering strategy within the region
  • Support the Global Engineering Director in planning and managing project priorities for their region in line with the region’s growth ambitions
  • Supports projects within their regions to ensure they are properly planned, executed safely, OTIF, strictly within budget and successfully handed over to the respective Sourcing Unit team
  • Supports the implementation of the Upfield Sustainability program
  • Carries the responsibility to ensure the delivery of the projects within their region with either direct support from the Global Engineering organization or contractors pending the feasibility and urgency of the project
  • Provides input and approval on the capital proposals for their region prior to submission to the GE director / Execo
  • Carries the responsibility to ensure the delivery of the projects within their region with either direct support from the Global Engineering organization or contractors pending the feasibility and urgency of the project
  • Responsible for ensuring due diligence and compliance of the projects within their regions with the Upfield Engineering and QA standards as well as the application of specific local obligations and / or requirements

In addition:

  • Continuously strives to find the latest technologies and methods to improve efficiency, accuracy and productivity of the global Supply Chain assets and Global Engineering organization.
  • Takes personal responsibility for safety and a healthy environment on the projects, and demonstrating this by example
  • Leads and develops the engineering talent within the organization and region
  • Builds durable relationships with preferred suppliers and contractors to ensure reliability and cost optimization

Principal Responsibilities

  • Leadership skills in Process Engineering with the ability to handle complex multi-site projects with values ranging from 0.5 – 20 ME
  • Managing conflicting project priorities and complexity within the region while delivering a high rate of innovation
  • E2E OTIF and within budget of the agreed capital project portfolio for the region whilst ensuring safety as our number 1 priority and adhering to Upfield standards and Engineering excellence
  • Cooperation with the lead SC director for the region for the definition, planning and delivery of capital projects
  • Contribute to the development of the Upfield Global Engineering Organization, Capabilities, Resources and to the Delivery of its Global Vision

Outputs / performance Metrics

  • Safety in Project Execution
  • Strict Budget & Schedule adherence in delivery of projects
  • Engineering Excellence and Quality standards
  • Sustainability & savings impact
  • Customer / Stakeholder Feedback

Standards of Leadership required

  • Passion for Growth, Organizational Awareness, Developing Others, Holding People Accountable, Strategic Influencing

Essential qualifications

  • 10+ Years in Food, FMCG or related Industry
  • Operated at senior project manager level as well as on C-level and communicates accordingly
  • Project engineering / MT experience
  • Operational M&A experience in food or Diary
  • Leadership skills in Process Engineering with ability to handle complex multi-site projects
  • Carrying the responsibility for project successes and providing strong direction for the teams
  • Capital Procurement experience

 Professional Qualifications

  • Professional Engineering Skills -
  • Project design - Mfg Excellence Design Principles (FO), Design Process Mgt (FO)
  • Project Delivery (All sub-skills – Fully Operational)
  • Maintenance Principles & Best Practice (WK)
  • Cross Functional Skills - All sub skills(WK - FO)

Travel required                                       

  • Travel would be required for at least 1 to 2 weeks a month within the region of responsibility (defined as either Europe or the Americas).

Internal stakeholders:

  • Upfield Execo
  • Global Engineering Group
  • Regional SC Leadership
  • Sourcing Unit Directors
  • Procurement
  • Quality Assurance organisation
  • P&I / T&I
  • SU Supply Chain Managers
  • Upfield subject matter experts


External stakeholders:

  • Contractors and Engineering Service Providers
  • Consultants and Subject matter Experts
  • Local Planning and Regulatory Officials

Reporting Line

Global Engineering Director

About Upfield!

Upfield is a global leader in plant-based nutrition with a great history and a portfolio of iconic brands that people have used and trusted for generations. This includes Flora, Rama, Becel, Blue Band, Country Crock, I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter and ProActiv.

We are a global food company operating in 95 markets with more than 30bn consumer touch points with our products every year. Still, we have the mind-set of a start-up. This makes us fast, agile, entrepreneurial, cost conscious and accountable for our products – from seed to serving at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table. We take quality seriously and around the world we taste products every 30 seconds. We take our consumers seriously and more than 150 people will taste test each of our new innovations before they hit the shelves.

Your Personal Power!

At Upfield we want you to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! This part of the role is up to you to complete.

Mission Statement 

At Upfield our purpose is clear …… Making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!


We are a highly entrepreneurial fast-paced team running a multi-billion Euro business across 60+ countries with the mind-set of a start-up! We are agile, creative, fast-to-market and obsessed with customers and consumers.

 Interested in this role?

Apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly to provide you with an update on the status of your application.