Principal Engineer I at Altria (Richmond, VA)

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Are you seeking a leadership opportunity that involves providing equipment and system engineering solutions in a fast-paced manufacturing environment? Imagine your next position as a Principal Engineer I with U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) in Richmond, VA.

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting and leading our new product design transfer from concepts to commercialization. The location will start within the Richmond area supporting Product Development, ALCS Engineering, USSTC Engineering to execute the life cycle of the new product(s) to transfer into a future manufacturing location. This includes leading a vertical startup manufacturing system for a diverse portfolio of products.

Specific accountabilities include:
• Deep understanding of the PMTA process, and help define requirements that will transfer to manufacturing. • Technical lead providing engineering solutions to scale up manufacturing equipment supporting future products. This includes receiving product and process requirements to transfer in scalable equipment to commercialize.• Independently conceive, lead and complete projects requiring the application of engineering best practices, procedures, GMP, and FDA guidelines. • Analyze and apply problem solving techniques to develop and implement improvements for methods, processes, products, systems, documentation and equipment.• Participate in and/or conduct FAT (Factory Acceptance Testing), IQ/OQ/PQ (Installation Qualification/Operational Qualification/Process Qualification), audits and training programs.• Work collaboratively within a cross functional team environment.• Actively troubleshoot and problem-solve new process and packing equipment which is non-traditional to Altria's fleet of assets. This may include working on customized equipment or small food making machinery and adapt to new OEMs.
• Provide presentations and recommendations to senior management. • Provide technical recommendations and make occasional presentations to senior management.• Lead the activities of vendors, OEMs, and contractors.• Contribute to major programs/projects which require coordination by technical personnel.• Ability to learn and execute a vertical startup operation regardless of the location.

Qualifications include:
• Undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline is preferred. • 6-8 years of hands-on manufacturing or new product development, preferably in packaging and processing.• Demonstrated ability to apply equipment or process knowledge and technology to analyze and troubleshoot machinery problems in support of factory maintenance personnel.• Working knowledge of processing, high-speed packaging machinery and engineering systems.• Experience in a rapid, agile, consumer-driven product development environment.• Strong communication and leadership skills with the experience leading technical projects and presenting scope, timelines, and budgets to senior leadership.• Project engineering experience with knowledge of fiduciary and budgeting policies/practices.

Company Overview

Altria has a leading portfolio of tobacco products for U.S. tobacco consumers age 21+. Altria's Vision through 2030 is to responsibly lead the transition of adult smokers to a non-combustible future. Altria is Moving Beyond Smoking™, leading the way in moving adult smokers away from cigarettes by taking action to transition millions to potentially less harmful choices - believing it is a substantial opportunity for adult tobacco consumers, Altria's businesses and society.
Altria's wholly owned subsidiaries include the most profitable tobacco companies in their categories: Philip Morris USA Inc. (PM USA), U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC (USSTC), and John Middleton Co. (Middleton). Altria's smoke-free portfolio includes Helix Innovations LLC (Helix), the maker of on! oral nicotine pouches, exclusive U.S. commercialization rights to the IQOS Tobacco Heating System®* and Marlboro HeatSticks®*, and an equity investment in JUUL Labs, Inc. (JUUL).
Altria also owns equity investments in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (ABI), the world's largest brewer, and Cronos Group Inc. (Cronos), a leading Canadian cannabinoid company.
At Altria, we celebrate the power of diverse teams working together to shape our future. We are inspired to bring our best because our unique strengths are valued. We believe our personal success and progress should be guided by Our Cultural Aspiration, a new articulation of what we value and who we aspire to be, collectively. Our Cultural Aspiration respects and complements individual identity, embracing each other's unique strengths, welcoming newcomers and developing the best, most inclusive and diverse teams. Join us as we work together to shape a better future for adult tobacco consumers, our employees, and our shareholders. Each Altria company is an equal opportunity employer.
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*IQOS Devices and HeatSticks® are currently unavailable for sale in the United States.
More Information on Altria
Altria operates in the Food industry. The company is located in Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA and Richmond, VA. Altria was founded in 1919. It has 5001 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 32 open jobs at Altria, click here.
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