Open Position

Production Engineer – German Speaking

Abel & Schafer - Ronkonkoma, NY

My client, Abel & Schafer, an international firm with headquarters in Germany is one of the leading specialty mix companies for blending specialty grains and flour mixes for the baking industry. In 1958 they were one of the first milling companies in Europe to bring ready mixes for bakeries to the market. Entering the 20th century with its own flour mill, eight blending facilities and sales offices in over 15 countries, Abel & Schafer has a wide variety of products to offer and is well known for truly international expertise.

Abel & Schafer have engaged us on an exclusive basis in filling this exciting opportunity and committed to filling this position soon. In their particular field of expertise, our client is among the top contenders with an excellent reputation.

In 1983, Abel & Schafer Inc. U.S.A, started with the sale of specially selected bread and cake mixes. The products were then still manufactured in Germany. The “Original Choice 6 Grain Mix”, the first multigrain bread mix offered in the U.S quickly found its way to the American baker. Today Abel & Schafer U.S.A manufactures over 200 products in its modern manufacturing plant in Ronkonkoma NY. With warehouses and over 100 distributors all over North and South America, Abel & Schafer provides the same quality service that bakers in Europe have enjoyed for many years.


In this position, as a valued member of the operations team, you will receive a great deal of freedom to develop, optimize, improve and coordinate the production processes as well as being part of defining the expansion of the production plant. This is an opportunity to play a key role in realizing your desire to optimize the production processes and participate in the execution to positively impact revenue and profitably.

With your sound mechanical background in a production setting, proven project management skills, conceptual inclination, strong business acumen and above all a desire to succeed, you navigate well in an international setting. Complex project situations do not faze you and you have the ability to get to the core of an issue and make quick decisions.

Objectives and Key Responsibilities

  • Creation and control of technical drawings.
  • Definition of work processes according to applicable food safety laws.
  • In-depth knowledge of production processes.
  • Coaching and training of staff.
  • Take on project management duties.
  • Definition of work processes according to applicable food safety laws.
  • Optimize and ensure the effective interaction of system parts, production components and processes of:
    • Mixers
    • Blower systems
    • Conveying lines
    • Electrical controls
    • Electromotors
    • Pneumatic controls and valves
    • Filtration
    • Scaffolding construction
    • Silo containers
  • Planning and control of expansion, maintenance and repair.


  • Qualifications in Mechanical Engineering (BS) / ‘Fachhochschule FH’ or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum 3 years production setting experience, ideally in food production. Experience in an environment of metal working, installation, assembly related to milling/mixing technology.
  • Future ambition to take on a managerial role with leadership responsibility and direct reports
  • LEAN, 5S qualification/certification and project management skills
  • Experience in a B2B international industrial food production environment.
  • Flair to conceptualize with strong analytical skills to derive appropriate measures.
  • Strong track record in driving and delivering optimization/efficiency results.
  • Proactive behavior, taking initiative, seeking continuous improvement.
  • Flexible to work in a dynamic international work environment– team player.
  • Familiar with MS Office suite
  • Good communicator and presenter
  • Fluent in German
  • Loyal and dependable
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