1900 Colonel Sanders Lane

Manager, Engineering

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Manager, Engineering
1900 Colonel Sanders Lane
Louisville, KY


The position leads the engineering team. You are responsible for the design, testing, and implementation of all equipment in our restaurants. Equipment includes small wares and associated programs. Additionally, you ensure ongoing quality. You provide technical and strategic thought leadership to the business while driving growth.

Job Responsibilities

* Develop actionable business strategies using technology-based solutions. Enable solutions for calendar windows, menu innovation, operational simplicity, BOH process improvements and overall profitability
* Lead cross functional teams in the national implementation of technology-based programs
* Partner with cross functional calendar teams around equipment and small wares engineering. You will support national calendar implementation, Limited Time Offers (LTOs) and test markets.
* Leverage suppliers to develop new equipment and small wares technology. Help guide the industry in areas critical to KFC one system. Drive continuous improvement for the business
* Work cross-functionally as part of project team's leadership. Give technical support and guidance on equipment and small wares of projects in the pipeline. Ensure simplicity of operations.
* Lead the Equipment Development Process (EDP). This includes prototype development, business case, lab testing, specifications and field testing. Maintain accountability for all functional specifications
* Ensure equipment and small wares quality is maintained. Lead any resolution of quality failures to ensure consistency in Core offerings
* Support team in performance of simulations to model operating efficiencies. Understand deeper business questions and partner on development of strategic long-term solutions
* Actively engage in RFP process to provide guidance on supplier performance and risk
* Responsible for Alternate Vendor Approval (AVA) ensuring secure supply chain
* Support development pipeline through restaurant layout reviews, BOH flow optimization and RSCS distributor model revisions
* Share know how and collaborate with other brands, KFC global markets, and peers to drive consistency and industry best practices
* Actively engage with senior franchisee leadership through NCAC, OSC and OEC partnerships. Drive strategy and develop one system solutions
* Liaison for technical and quality issues. Resolve between the company, franchisees and the supply chain organization along with supplier partners
* Develop and build supplier relationships to drive innovation, continuous improvement and quality
* Attend educational workshops, review professional publications, establish personal networks, and participate in professional societies to maintain and grow professional and technical understanding
* Achieve financial objectives by preparing the engineering budget, scheduling expenditures, examining variances and initiating corrective actions
* Actively participate in the Restaurant Margin Initiative (RMI) process. Deliver margin improvement to the business while not impacting performance or quality
* Assess and recruit key talent in Ops. Develop, coach, and establish engineering career paths including a strong bench
* Use disruptive thinking to challenge the status quo

Knowledge and Skills Required

* Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical preferred); MS in Engineering a plus
* 5+ years career experience in Engineering/Packaging/Equipment related field
* Experience or strong interest in being a part of an iconic global Quick Service Restaurant company. Experience working in a franchisee model is also highly preferred
* Extensive understanding and track record of success in developing and commercializing new equipment
* Experience in project management and process development. Manufacturing/technology development environment experience a plus
* Demonstrated technical leadership and people development. Ability to influence and inspire others of all levels of the organization
* Track record of successfully managing vendor relationships
* Confidence, presence, and personal drive balanced with humility. Ability to excel in a team-based approach to innovation
* Ability to calmly handle and resolve conflict effectively
* Sound analytical and critical thinking skills. Strategic ability to think "big picture" to achieve breakthrough results
* Strong moral compass and commitment to doing what is right
* Sense of urgency and passion for turning knowledge and innovation into action. Prioritize actions that are most critical for achieving step-change results
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills
* Flexibility, resilience, and the ability to deal with ambiguity. Welcome and embrace change while respecting the value of tradition

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2018, Yum! Brands was recognized as part of the inaugural Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. In 2017, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The company's restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over seven new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

Since our spin-off from PepsiCo in 1997, Yum! Brands has become a truly global company going from approximately 20 percent of profits coming from outside the U.S. to approximately 50 percent in 2016. We're proud to be the worldwide leader in emerging markets with over 17,000 restaurants, nearly twice as many as the nearest competition. With less than 3 restaurants per million people in the top 10 emerging markets, compared to approximately 57 restaurants per million in the U.S., we are on the ground floor of global growth.

Our mission is to build the world's most loved, trusted and fastest growing restaurant brands. We are evolving KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell into iconic, distinctive and relevant global brands.

Importantly, we're extremely proud of our 1.5 million employees around the globe and the unique culture we've built, one that's filled with energy, opportunity, and fun. We believe in our people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone, and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background. Yum! Brands is great place to be yourself, grow and make a difference. We have Grow Yourself Week which is devoted to your personal development.

Check out some of our great benefits:

* 4 weeks of vacation per year plus holidays
* 2 paid days off per year to volunteer
* Onsite childcare through Bright Horizons
* Onsite dining center (yes, you can eat KFC, Taco Bell or Pizza hut every day!)
* Onsite dry cleaning, laundry services, concierge
* Onsite gym with fitness classes and personal trainer sessions
* Tuition reimbursement, education benefits and scholarship opportunities
* Discounts for life's adventures (ex: theme parks, wireless plans, etc.)
* Generous parental leave for all new parents and adoption assistance program
* 401(k) with a 6% matching contribution from Yum! Brands with immediate vesting
* Comprehensive medical, vision and dental including prescription drug benefits and 100% preventive care
* Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
* Recognition based culture and unique, fun events year round
* Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
* Recognition based culture and unique, fun events year round
* Company paid life insurance
* Grow Yourself Week which is devoted to your personal development

Additional Info:

KFC restaurants across the US are commonly operated by independent business owners called Franchisees. They have a contract with KFC allowing them to sell our products and have all operating responsibility for their restaurant, including being your employer. As a result, independently-owned franchised or licensed locations may have different requirements.

Please keep in mind, this is just basic information and you’ll find out more after you apply. At KFC, what you do matters! So if you want to be part of a winning team, find out now why Life Tastes Better with KFC. Apply today!

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