Engineering Department Manager


Arabi, LA, US

Req ID:  38420
Date:  May 17, 2024

ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal.  ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize.  The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.



The Engineering Manager must have the ability to lead/coordinate/manage projects for a large sugar refinery and manage powerhouse and wastewater treatment operations. In this position, he/she will be responsible for managing a team of engineers and technicians to maintain safe, reliable, efficient operation of the refinery. He/she will report directly to the Refinery Manager and work in a team environment with the other department heads.



  • Manage the Boiler & Power House Engineer; work with him or her and their staff to insure the continued safe, reliable, efficient operation of the boiler and power station.
  • Manage the Electrical Engineer, the Controls Engineering Group, and the Mechanical Engineering Group to maintain the plant controls systems.
  • Work with the other department heads on both daily and long term plans to ensure that all of the various department’s goals are aligned.
  • Prepare and administer the department’s daily budget; work with the other department heads and the Refinery Manger to determine a major repair budget and capital budget for the refinery.
  • Work closely with the Safety, Environmental and Quality teams to ensure the refinery’s goals in these areas are attained.
  • Work with the Corporate Engineering team to develop capital projects; oversee the installation of new equipment and systems; be involved with equipment vendor and contractor selection for projects.
  • Be familiar with all federal and state safety compliance programs such as lockout tag out, confined space, burning and welding, etc. Be responsible for all engineering department safety related matters.
  • Be familiar with all federal, state and local environmental programs such as Title 5, SPCC, and hazmat.
  • Provide training and personnel develop to both new and existing employees in both technology, work practices, etc.
  • Build and maintain a teamwork oriented philosophy and hold team members accountable for their performance.
  • Provide the necessary individual counselling of employees whose performance does not meet acceptable standards and take appropriate actions.
  • Keep current with technological changes that can improve the performance of equipment and promote a safer more efficient work environment.
  • Keep abreast of current laws and changes being made that may affect the operation of the maintenance department, i.e. ARC Flash.



  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment with demonstrated leadership and management skills
  • Experience with predictive and preventative maintenance programs and other reliability improvement initiatives
  • Ability to work in a fast paced team environment
  • Plant supervision a plus
  • Some weekend, overtime, and holiday work may be required as the business requires
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word and AutoCAD
  • Experience with SAP and SAP maintenance module preferred
  • Experience in managing projects and working with both vendors and contractors
  • Some basic electrical knowledge preferred



  • Degree in Engineering: B.Ch.E., BSEE, BSME
  • MBA or Masters degree in engineering preferred
  • PE preferred



  • 6-10 salaried direct reports, and 6-15 hourly indirect reports



  • Chalmette, LA





We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.  All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. 

Nearest Major Market: New Orleans