Project Engineer- Alberta Distillers Limited

Date: May 14, 2024

Location: Calgary, AB, CA

Company: Suntory Global Spirits

Suntory Global Spirits is a world leader in premium spirits with beloved iconic brands, rooted in more than 200 years of heritage and craftsmanship. Our values are deep-rooted, and we aspire to live our purpose to ‘Inspire the Brilliance of Life’ in everything we do. Our ambition is to become the World’s Most Admired Premium Spirits Company. We want to be Most Admired not only for our incredible brands, but also for the brilliant experiences we foster, the ways in which we bring people together, the impactful marketing and innovation we deliver, and for the positive impact we have on the world around us. When you’re on our team, you can build a career of personal and professional growth across functions, business units and geographies. At Suntory Global Spirits, our employees work together to Unleash Their Spirit and realize their full potential each and every day.


The following position is open in AlbertaCanada.

What makes this a great opportunity?

Located in Calgary, Alberta, Alberta Distillers Ltd (ADL) is an award-winning distillery and member of the Suntory Global Spirits family.  We believe in bringing people together, we’ve been doing it since 1946. Through the brands we build, and the experiences we create. Our distillery and products are winning awards and we are proud to call Calgary, Alberta home. Winner of Distillery of the Decade by the Canadian Whisky Awards in 2020, Gold Metal at the 2021 International Whiskey Competition, and Vodka Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2021. We’re a team that’s moving forward, building on our rich past and growing new opportunities for the future. When you unleash your spirit with us, you’ll inspire a world of connections.

Role Responsibilities

This role reports into the Sr. Manager, Engineering, Maintenance & Plant Services. 

  • Provide proper specification, installation, and maintenance of raw material reception, distillation processes, liquid streams, byproducts management, and utility systems plant-wide.
  • Design and manage Capital projects in all areas of the plant.  Provide technical support to the distillation and maintenance departments for improvements relating to methods and procedures.


  • Participate in identifying the Plant’s needs and project definition.
  • Develop conceptual, preliminary, and detailed designs, drawings and specifications.
  • Review engineering deliverables, maintain high standards of quality and define project risks.
  • Manage multiple, concurrent projects as Technical Leader or Plant Liaison to successfully move projects through concept, design, build activation, training and as-build documentation while maintaining cost control.  Utilize EEM (early equipment management) documents to document project requirements and share learning with team members, sponsors, and affected people. 
  • Provide operational and maintenance support for distillation and utility systems.
  • Contribute to the development of the capital budget program, prepare capital authorization requests, and administer projects for improvements in a team environment.
  • Analyze and prepare cost justification for projects.
  • Identify potential cost-saving or process-improving projects throughout the plant.
  • Design and/or select equipment required for the plant.
  • Document equipment and procedures necessary for projects.
  • Find solutions to reduce bottlenecks in all plant processes.
  • Adheres to and promotes environmental health & safety, as well as quality and sustainability as key business priorities.
  • Promotes and adheres to ISO, HACCP and 5S standards and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Seek out continuing education to stay abreast of current and future processing & engineering technologies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


•    Preferred up to 5 years experience in project management or equivalent experience.
•    Working knowledge of AutoCAD drafting.
•    Ability to create, edit, and read Flow Diagrams and P&ID's.
•    Basic understanding of Controllers, Variable Frequency Drives, Automation Systems, electrical systems and PLC systems.
•    Ability to work independently to develop project scopes, schedule meetings, coordinate contractors, outlook progress and modify actions as necessary to maintain schedules, track spending and expenditures and perform all other activities necessary for proper project management.  
•    Working knowledge Microsoft Office Suite
•    Strong verbal and written communication skill required.
•    Must be able to climb ladders and walk up and down stairs.
•    Must be able to walk moderate distances within the plant site.
•    Must be able to work in hot and cold environments.
•    Must have adequate vision to take field measurements, use computers, and read drawings and maps.
•    Must be able to stay on work site for extended periods of time when required.
•    ISO, HACCP, and Continuous Improvement experience preferred.
•    Knowledgeable of SAP, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
•    Experience working in a unionized environment preferred. 

•    Preferred Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited Engineering College or equivalent engineering education & experience

At Suntory Global Spirits, people are our number one priority, and we believe our people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected. Suntory Global Spirits is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, military veteran status and all other characteristics, attributes or choices protected by law. All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s skills and experience.

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