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Keurig Dr Pepper Manufacturing Engineering Program Manager in Topeka, Kansas

As part of our Manufacturing Engineering Project team, the primary function of this position will be to drive the development and execution of corporate strategy and innovation capital projects for Keurig Dr Pepper manufacturing locations. This position will build and manage relationships of internal and external resources to effectively implement project initiatives that drive productivity results, optimize value, and promote growth. This role interacts with individuals from Strategy, Operations, Engineering, Commercial, Beverage Initiatives, and other key Business Units within Keurig Dr Pepper. This role will also work directly with manufacturing sites to develop, modify, and implement plans for capacity and program initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, or a related Engineering discipline. This individual will also have experience in developing and executing capital projects in a manufacturing environment. A candidate with Food and Beverage or CPG (Consumer Package Goods) and plant production line experience is considered a plus. Knowledge of high-speed filling, packaging technologies are ideal areas of expertise. PMP Certified, lean methodologies, TPM, and knowledge of key standard work processes are also essential qualities.

Join our flexible team at Keurig Dr Pepper and make a difference by being a part of the safest, most sustainable, agile, and productive value chain in the beverage industry!

Responsibilities –

Technical Services:

  • Collaborate and drive network and plant strategies for capacity growth, productivity, and innovation

  • Approval of equipment design, development, and execution

  • Define performance criteria, develop timelines, and estimate capital budgets

  • Define key process parameters and testing methods with the Packaging Engineering team

  • Write and execute equipment specification; provide input on specification platform/management

  • Write and execute SAT’s and FAT’s

  • Provide technical project assistance to project managers and plant personnel

  • Must have strong knowledge management and communication skills

  • Ability to perform statistical analysis is a plus

  • Familiarity with 2D & 3D cad is a plus

Project Management:

  • Capital project process design, development, and execution from concept through closure

  • Provide regular project communication to KDP Leadership and project stakeholders

  • Drive optimization of vertical startup methodology on all projects

  • Ownership of project budget development and execution

  • Ownership of project timelines

  • Ownership and execution of project change management

  • Ownership and storage of all project/knowledge-based information

  • Drive TOB and SOT development with Procurement and Legal

  • Assist with FAT/SAT development and execution

  • Make methodical fact-based, data driven decisions to ensure project success

  • Identify, develop, and execute cost savings programs to support business productivity metrics

  • Drive lean and standard work principles to ensure team/department efficiencies

  • Build strategic relationships and communications with internal customers, stakeholders, and external Partners

Travel – This individual will travel primarily to U.S. operations and possibly internationally for equipment FAT’s - up to 50% maximum. We work hard to operate remotely as much as possible and to reduce unnecessary travel.

Ensure high performance results of your team by:

  • Fostering a culture of trust and wellbeing that prioritizes the team and values employee contributions

  • Driving a shared vision with clear goals and accountability, supported by regular conversations to maximize talent

  • Embracing diverse perspectives to foster innovation, learning from both successes and failures

  • Establishing a safe environment where team members are motivated, heard, and aligned with clear expectations


Keurig Dr Pepper is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability or association with a person with a disability, medical condition, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.