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Date:  Mar 26, 2024
Job Req ID:  17951
Category:  SupplyChain/ Operations
Country/Region:  US
State:  IL
City:  Chicago
Workplace:  Hybrid

Title:  Global Technology Leader Packing and Automation


If you’re naturally curious, hungry for innovation, and ready to bring the best, join us as a Global Technology Leader focused on Packaging and Automation. You will be accountable for providing the necessary direction and leadership to ensure technical success and performance across our Packing and Automation platforms. This will be a hybrid role working in Chicago, IL, or Battle Creek, MI, Tuesday – Thursday. We would also be open to candidates near any of these plant locations: Jackson, TN; Cary, NC; or Kansas City, KS. As you are providing direction to our plants on Packing and Automation you will be traveling to the plants 30-50% of the time.


In this role, you will play a major role in defining our Automation Program & Packing Line of Future Concepts, including preparation for global scalability and standardization. You will get to be involved in planning and implementing new technologies such as Warehouse Automation and Palletizing. You will get to do this all with some of our top brands such as Pringles and Cheez-It.


A Taste of What You’ll Be Doing


  • Innovation Pipeline Creation  Drives the future of Packaging Automation through the supply chain, developing and working with internal & external partners to define the strategy & create the concepts for our Packing Lines of the Future.  Balances creative non-constrained concepts with practical experience and data-based decisions to identify opportunities to increase productivity across the existing install base. Works with Global Technology Owners to identify and align standard equipment menus for Packaging Equipment types and operating principles.  Leads Packaging Communities of Practice.
  • Partnering with the Business  Builds partnerships with our Supply Chain, Engineering & KWS (Kellanova Work Systems) teams to identify the opportunities where Packaging Automation can add value, increase productivity, and reduce risk.
  • Enhance Technology Performance & Standardization – Identifies opportunities in packaging and automation to create a competitive advantage.  Creates Productivity Pipelines.  Develops key strategic relationships with OEMs.  Defines and aligns global standards for Packaging and Automation. Creates masterplans for Packaging across the different food platforms.  Leads breakthrough technology development. 


We’re Looking for Someone With


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with 6-8 years of technical experience with relevant technology OR 10-15 years of technical experience with relevant technology.
  • Passion for Packaging and Factory Automation.
  • Experience driving transformational change within manufacturing environments.
  • Experience working closely with engineering/operations/maintenance functions in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work globally, guiding and influencing across all regional teams and many capital projects.



What’s Next

After you apply, your application will be reviewed by a real recruiter, so it may take us a few weeks to get back with you by email or phone. Visit our How We Hire page to get insights into our hiring process and more about what we offer.


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If you join our team, you’ll be rewarded for the difference you make. Our comprehensive benefits offer you the support you need through your life events, big or small. Visit our benefits page & be sure to ask your recruiter for more specific information.


Get to Know Us


At Kellanova, we are driven by our vision to be the world’s best-performing snacks-led powerhouse, unleashing the full potential of our differentiated brands and our passionate people. Our portfolio of iconic, world-class brands include Pringles, Cheez-It, Pop-Tarts, MorningStar Farms, Special K, Krave, Zucaritas, Crunchy Nut, among others.


Kellanova’s Culture of Best means we bring our best to all that we do in pursuit of our vision to be the world’s best performing snacks-led powerhouse. Our culture celebrates boldness and empowers our people to challenge the status quo, achieve results, and win together.


Our focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) enables us to build a culture of belonging where all employees have a place at the table and are inspired to share their passion, talents and ideas to work.


The best brands. The best people. The best you.


Kellanova is an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to provide an inclusive work environment, a seat for everyone at the table, and embraces the diverse talent of its people. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, please visit our website here.   

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