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(Archived) Design Manager

Last Updated: 9/22/20

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Design Manager Job Description We planted our roots in St. Louis home back in 1894. Since then, we’ve expanded our manufacturing to 21 facilities across the United States and St. Louis has grown into what some would call a “hidden gem”. This “big city with a small-town feel” has everything you need and more— a rich culture with world-class schools and healthcare, an affordable cost of living and a neighborhoods for every lifestyle. Hours from other major metro’s or minutes from a bustling downtown, serene parks and outdoors—join us in calling St. Louis home.
In 1956, Purina® Dog Chow® became the first pet food made using a technology called extrusion to form distinctive shapes we refer to as kibble today. And by 1982, we brought this proprietary technology in-house – which became the founding of our Support Center housed right here in St. Louis. The result of this original manual machine shop was improved quality and a reduction in lead time for parts. Since then, we've grown to include a modern machine shop, investment foundry, and sheet metal and welding fabrication shop to support our North American factories. Additionally, we provide prototype development and testing, innovative design services and support, inventory space for spare parts, electrical and automation, mixer inspections and rebuilds, and capital purchasing services.
As Manager of this group, the Design Manager provides Engineering and Design leadership within NPSC and externally (e.g. with manufacturing factories globally, Divisional Engineering, Technical Applications, Product Technology Center, vendors, etc.) as required on a wide variety of projects. The Design Manager is responsible for design and revision control of all proprietary equipment manufactured for Nestle Purina as well as providing direct support to NPSC manufacturing and assembly operations.

  • Provide technical leadership to create original, differentiating technology with a high level of ability to apply relevant scientific knowledge to products/processes
  • Provide project management leadership for a cross-functional design team
  • Lead the development of Project and Production scheduling programs
  • Develop/Modify NPSC technical design guidelines/standards, mechanical specifications, and electrical specifications
  • Develop cost saving initiatives, as well as, cost estimates for new equipment and technologies
  • Provide engineering machine design input and assistance within the Nestle Purina North American business and externally (e.g., with Marketing, Manufacturing, Divisional Engineering, Technical Applications, other R&D centers, vendors, etc.) on a global basis as required on a wide variety of design support projects
  • Participate and contribute as a member of a cross-functional team to actively drive Mechanical and Process improvements at the NPSC in support of the global manufacturing strategy and lean initiatives.
  • Provide technical training as required to operating company personnel domestically and internationally on key technologies
  • Conduct all design activity in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), hygienic machine design standards, GD&T standards and all required Company policies and procedures in support of Nestlé Continuous Excellence initiatives etc.
  • Travel as necessary up to 15%

Perform all other duties as assigned
  • Associates degree in Engineering or technical equivalent
Experience (Years/Type):
  • 7+ years of Engineering / Mechanical design experience in an industrial, manufacturing, military, or related environment
  • 5+ years of Supervisory experience in an industrial, manufacturing, military, or related environment
  • Must have 3D CAD design experience

Job: Design Manager Primary Location: Saint Louis, MO US Other Location: Career Area: Professional Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Company Details

Nestle Purina PetCare

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Nestlé Purina PetCare has been advancing pet nutrition for over 80 years. Our team of over 18,000 employees and 400 scientists, including nutritionists, aim to develop products that deliver comprehensive nutrition to help ensure the long healthy lives of pets and make discoveries that can further enhance the lives of pets everywhere. Nestlé Purina is focused on delivering world-class products with...