Ferrara, a company related to The Ferrero Group, is an emerging powerhouse in the North American confections and sweet snacking categories. A passionate team of more than 6,000 employees works together to share delight in every bite through leading brands that have shaped the industry for more than 100 years.

Director Food Manufacturing Technology

Job Location: ​Chicago​

Chicago, IL

Want to make an impact?

The Director of Food Manufacturing Technology will be responsible for the management, support, and 
technical expertise to support Ferrara’s sugar manufacturing sites. They will be responsible to help 
troubleshoot, set-up, and design systems used in Ferrara’s sugar manufacturing processes. 

Ways you will make a difference

• Provides technical guidance and “bridges the gap” to scale up equipment and processes used 
between R&D and engineering
• Assists engineering with vetting out new technologies as they are introduced to manufacturing
• Attends global development meetings, trade shows, and testing events with key OEM partners
• Assists engineering and operations with major project start-ups
• Develops training documents used to assist operations with new technologies and provides 
hands-on training sessions as needed
• Participates in project review sessions ahead of project approval and during drawing review
process and installation
• Facilitates knowledge transfer of heritage equipment and processes to new operations 
associates and engineers
• Stays current on food manufacturing technology and how it applies to the Ferrara long term 
business strategy
• Provides key inputs into OEM equipment selection
• Understands and demonstrates the Company’s core values
• Conducts assigned work in a safe manner and adheres to Ferrara safety methods
• Performs other duties as assigned

Skills that will make you successful

• Has deep understanding of how ingredients react to the manufacturing processes
• Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot equipment design and functional issues 
• Ability to work effectively under pressure
• Ability to flex schedule as needed
• Ability to work well in teams
• Good organization skills
• Competency using MS office suite
• Demonstrated ability to meet critical deadlines
• Ability to travel 20%, mainly in the US and Mexico, with some international travel to support 

Experiences that will support your success

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical engineering is preferred, however, Previous industry experience will be considered in lieu of a formal degree
  • Minimum of 25 years of CPG/Food industry experience with at least 15 years in confections 
  • Experience with food manufacturing equipment, both processing and packaging CPG/Food manufacturing experience is required, with a strong focus on sugar confections
  • Strong “hands-on” mechanical/electrical/controls aptitude from previous industry experience
  • Previous experience dealing with multiple equipment vendors simultaneously

Our diverse portfolio of nearly 35 brands includes SweeTARTS®, Trolli®, BRACH'S®, Black Forest® and NERDS®, along with iconic favorites like Lemonhead®, Red Hots® and Now and Later®. Ferrara also manages the Keebler® and Famous Amos® businesses for The Ferrero Group.  Headquartered in Chicago, Ferrara has an operational network of 20 locations in North America that includes manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities. Learn more at www.ferrarausa.com.


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, employment decisions and opportunities at Ferrara will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic information, pregnancy (childbirth or related medical condition), or on any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.