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Principal Analyst, MES

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Principal Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) will be working with the operations and business teams to lead key strategic projects and day to day support activities for the appropriate manufacturing applications.  Additionally, the Principal MES will evaluate and architect solutions to improve processes for their respective support areas.  Additionally, the Principal MES is responsible for all facets of the project lifecycle as it pertains to approved projects focusing on delivering project on time and on budget.

Job Responsibilities

  • Architect the MES applications landscape
  • Lead the development of business cases for MES projects
  • Lead the deployment of innovative MES solutions for our customer base while capitalizing on opportunities for improvement
  • Provide ongoing continuous improvements consultation to business stakeholders and advisors
  • Build test cases and execute against those test cases for the testing life cycle including:  Unit, Integration, and Regression Tests
  • Ensure that all applications deliver a consistent high level of quality, minimizing program bugs and inefficiencies
  • Coordinate efforts across all Information Services and Business teams and ensures full communication of project-related work to these teams
  • Develop business relationships to achieve common business goals through cooperative alignment with all departments
  • Mentors colleagues
  • Build internal knowledge database to improve service to our internal customers

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor's in computer science or related field plus 7 years related experience OR Master’s degree plus 3 years related experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical staff and with members of interdisciplinary team
  • Familiarity with industry standards, such as GAMP V model, ANSI/ISA-95 and ANSI/ISA-88
  • Experience developing and managing various integrations (internal and external) to the MES system
  • Strong troubleshooting, analytical, and critical thinking skills and the ability to translate higher level knowledge to others
  • Ability to understand complex business processes, rules, and demonstrate business acumen, and is subject matter expert
  • Experience with conducting timely assessments, building models, and creating remediation plans, based upon the results of the assessments
  • Experience as an advisor to the business on improvement and innovations and drives continuous improvement across the enterprise
  • Ability to apply a customer-centric and service-minded philosophy in creating clear strategy that drive alignment and results 
  • Experience running large size projects

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelor's in computer science or related field plus 10 years related experience OR Master's degree plus 5 years related experience
  • PMP Certification
  • Dairy industry experience

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The work is primarily performed in an office environment and the physical demands are characteristic of a mostly sedentary role.  Specific details of the essential functions of the position is available in the Job Safety Analysis, made available on request. 

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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