Wonderful Citrus

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Sr. Manager, Project Engineering

Sr. Manager, Project Engineering

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Wonderful Citrus is America’s largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus. Our citrus varieties can be found in the produce department of grocery stores across the country under the flagship consumer brands of Wonderful Halos mandarins and Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red grapefruit.

Wonderful Citrus is part of The Wonderful Company, a successful, fast-growing privately held $4 billion company with 8,500 employees worldwide. We’ve made Wonderful Pistachios one of America’s top-selling salty snacks. We’ve turned pomegranates and POM Wonderful into a worldwide phenomenon. Wonderful Halos is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America. FIJI Water is the No. 1 premium bottled water in America. JUSTIN Wine produces California’s top-selling, high-end Cabernet Sauvignon. And Teleflora is the world’s largest flower delivery service.

The Wonderful Company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $120 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, $45 million in charitable giving and education initiatives every year, $30 million toward the construction of a new charter school campus in California’s Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs, including two new, free primary care clinics for employees and their dependents.

To learn more about Wonderful Citrus Company, visit www.wonderfulcitrus.com.


Wonderful Citrus is seeking a Senior Project Engineering Manager for its Delano, CA location. Ideal candidate will plan and design Processing Systems consistent with facilities operational requirements that will satisfy market needs for the company’s products. Work with equipment and systems suppliers to assure proposed equipment satisfies project needs, meets food safety requirements and is designed with maximum efficiency and reliability available for the current technology levels. Coordinate activities of vendors, contractors and systems installers engaged in installation of process systems described above to meet process and time requirements. Complete full project handoff to facilities operations teams (production and reliability) by coordinating operational training and turnover of all documentation (drawings, manuals, controls logic, critical spare parts lists and maintenance SOP’s) required for proper maintenance activities. Assist all operations teams by providing technical resources to improve facility efficiencies, reduce operational and maintenance costs and assure all operational equipment is delivered with employee and food safety in mind.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Understands, uses, and champions proper design characteristics of fruit processing equipment and assures all new or modified systems/equipment are compliant with current company standards to provide efficient operations and food safe finished products.
  • Assists in project scope development with Operations teams to assure that delivered final product meets business needs for each scenario.
  • Provides technical resource experience to all operations teams as support to their efficiency improvement programs.
  • Provides RFQ documents for all operations capital projects that assures requested proposals for equipment and systems will meet project requirements. Analyze all vendor/contractor proposals to assure they meet requested scope and are within project cost limits.
  • Works with Legal team to assure vendor contracts are valid and protect the company with regards to the agreement.
  • Manage all project related contractors and vendors associated with equipment and system installation, training and start up to assure contractual obligations are met within scope and timeline. Inspects completed work for quality, timeliness, and standards as necessary.
  • Coordinates contractor/vendor work schedules with operations to assure food/employee safety conditions are met and work is done within the facilities operating schedule boundaries.
  • Analyzes and resolves project related problems, or assists vendors/contractors in problem solving.
  • Assist with coordinating vendor/contractor training for projects as needed.
  • Contributes to the continuous development of the facilities work systems, processes and equipment.
  • Must be able to react to different situations and make decisions quickly and efficiently.
  • Must be able to work independently and perform duties with minimal direction.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively across multiple departments and different levels of the teams and senior management.
  • Escalate technical, procedural, and personnel related issues to Director as necessary.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Past Engineering and Design experience in food (produce production line/fruit processing facilities.
  • BS in Engineering/Technology discipline desired, but can be substituted with equivalent hands on experience. 
  • Minimum of 5 years Project Management experience is required.
  • Must be able to interpret customer scope requirements and provide technical reasoning to those requirements. Must be able to convey troubleshoot.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, visit www.wonderful.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.