Principal Engineer, Processing - Chicago, IL

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

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Position Summary:

Seen as an engineering expert and resource across the organization. Reviews product and processing requirements to determine and design collaboratively an optimized technical and business solution for projects that require capital investment. Provides technical support where equipment may need modification for immediate improvement in an upset condition. Continuous improvement mindset - Recommends and implements improvements, modifications or additions which will enhance the Engineering work streams. Provides recommendations on improvements on existing processes or technology in our manufacturing facilities and is able to articulate the justification to the stakeholder in order to influence implementation. Schedules and coordinates major segments of complex projects to meet cost and time objectives. 12-15 years food related experience.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Works with Platform engineering leadership to develop annual and 3 year capital plans by recommending processing systems improvements and solutions that are proven in both concept and performance.
  • Develops Front-End-Loading packages (FEL’s) that are complete, clear, concise, and reflecting thorough due diligence to ensure project success. FEL packages include, but are not limited to :
    • Technology assessment and recommended solutions reflecting plant, ConAgra, and industry best-in-class practices
    • Physical location and general arrangement placements (drawing level)
    • Infrastructure requirements and needs assessment
    • Preliminary Capital / Expense Estimates
    • Work with the Engineering Project Manager to determine a design schedule that meets that overall project schedule requirements.
    • Equipment / System Performance criteria
    • Identification of Alternatives, Pre-requisites, Risks, and Opportunities
    • Write detailed functional control descriptions for the unit operations and processing systems recommended by the Engineer.
  • Reviews Technical Briefs providing technical guidance to project team
  • Develops Business Case Screening scopes and estimates to give the business a directional view of a project and the robustness of the business case
  • Keeps current with latest food processing technology and commercial applications.
  • Keeps current with latest industry regulations and codes relative to Processing equipment system design and operation.
  • Provides technical and economic feasibility to other groups within the Company that are focused on improvements to the current state and developing competitive advantages against ConAgra’s peer set.


Qualifications/ Education/Experience/Skills:

  • BS or MS degree in Chemical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, Food Engineering, or Agricultural Engineering
  • Food Engineering emphasis is required in addition to practical experience of 12-15 years in food manufacturing and food process system design or related industry.
  • Excellent leadership qualities, verbal and written communication skills, and technical analysis and problem solving skills are required.
  • Experience in Project Engineering and project execution a plus.
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement applications in engineering design.
  • Proven effectiveness in working collaboratively within a matrix organization.
  • Proven ability to transcribe project requirements into an effective technical solution through sound application of engineering principles.
  • Manufacturing experience a plus.
  • 50% travel required, at times up to 75%.


Req ID: 58321







ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.


To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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