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Cacique Foods® LLC


Director of Engineering


Amarillo, TX
ID: 884-357

Cacique® is the #1 brand of authentic Mexican-style cheeses, cremas, chorizos and salsas in the United States. With a leadership position among the Hispanic population nationwide and over 13 years of consecutive revenue growth, Cacique is poised for continued growth and expansion. 

Cacique was founded in 1973 upon the four core values of Family, Quality, Integrity, and Authenticity, and these values continue to provide the foundation for our success and how we work. We look to hire future teammates who embody these values, and who are innovative, resourceful, determined, and catalysts of change. As a dedicated, family-owned company, Cacique offers a rewarding environment in which to thrive and grow your career.


Cacique Foods, LLC is seeking a seasoned professional to join our team as the Director of Engineering. This full-time, regular/at-will position is pivotal in leading our Technical Teams and ensuring that our food production facilities operate at peak efficiency, safety, quality, and compliance. As the Director of Engineering, you will be responsible for overseeing the entire engineering function within our organization, including the development, implementation, and maintenance of our manufacturing systems and processes. Your role will involve strategic planning, team leadership, and collaboration with other departments to meet the company's objectives. You will be tasked with optimizing our operations to enhance productivity, quality, and cost-effectiveness while ensuring compliance with health, safety, and environmental regulations. Your duties will include managing capital projects, improving existing equipment, collaborating in product & packaging development, and introducing innovative technologies that align with our company's growth strategies. You will also be responsible for budget management, vendor negotiations, and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement within your team. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in food processing (preferably dairy products) or a related industry, with a proven track record of leading engineering teams to success. You will be expected to foster a collaborative work environment, mentor and develop your team, and contribute to the overall leadership and direction of the company. The salary will be provided on an annual basis, with the amount commensurate with experience and industry standards.

Required Skills

  • Proficiency in engineering equipment, tools, technologies, and software relevant to the food industry (preferably dairy products)
  • Hands-on dynamic and decisive leader, able to create strong collaboration with production and maintenance, to drive all technical improvement forward.
  • Proven leadership and team management abilities
  • Strong project management skills, with experience in managing capital projects.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills with a clear data driven operating model.
  • Strong knowledge in health, safety, and environmental regulations
  • Ability and desire to drive continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Financial acumen for budget management and cost control
  • Negotiation skills for vendor and contractor management
  • Strategic planning and organizational skills
  • Commitment and Passion for excellence
  • Full of curiosity and passion for innovation

Required Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Food technology or related field)
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in an engineering role within the food processing or related industry
  • At least 10 years of experience in a senior management or leadership position
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, and optimization of manufacturing processes.
  • Track record of successfully managing large-scale engineering projects from conception to completion
  • Experience with regulatory compliance and Food Safety and industry best practices.
  • History of developing and mentoring engineering teams
  • Previous responsibility for budget development and cost management
  • Experience in implementing new technologies and systems to improve operational efficiency.
  • Familiarity with lean manufacturing principles and Six Sigma methodology

At Cacique, eligible teammates receive a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability.  As well as vacation, sick, holiday pay, birthday day off, 401k with company match, and more!

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. When we collect your personal information as part of a job application or offer of employment, we do so in accordance with industry standards and best practices and in compliance with applicable privacy laws.

This position is located at 8501 S Georgia St., Amarillo, TX. View the Google Map in full screen.