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Position Summary: A Process Engineer will support and lead multiple projects.
This position will work with some supervision in order to develop practical and critical skills necessary to transition projects from bench to Supply Chain. The position is designed to expand commercialization strength and to develop long term career employees for ConAgra. Actual work will be focused on developing the requirements for critical transformations, developing performance based specifications, and providing the widest possible solution space. The work must be focused on consumer benefits designed for profitability, operability, efficiency, and vertical start up.
Learn and apply the Methodology of Product/Process/Package Development (MOPD).
Develop and define manufacturing processes that accommodate specific consumer and marketplace requirements for new products, while meeting process, quality, and cost objectives.
Define the physical, chemical, and biological transformations that must occur to produce new food products.
Meet or exceed project objectives under the direction of a supervisor.
Execute bench-top and pilot plant testing to develop prototypes and prove hypotheses.
Review and analyze results of experiments and trials in order to provide process recommendations.
Prepare results for review and present findings.
Provide technical support in manufacturing facilities as required.
Maintain accurate and complete records and distill them to Intellectual Property.
Monitor consumer trends and wants/needs within the food industry.
Be flexible in learning and applying new ways of doing your work.
Assist in providing technical leadership on projects as required.
Basic Position Requirements:
BS Chemical, Food, or Biological Engineering required. MS preferred.
Minimum of 3 years related experience or internship history desired. 5 years preferred.
Experience with process technology documentation, including Process Flow Sheets, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Mass and Energy Balances, Process Control Strategies, and Process Specifications.
Experience with process technology including mixing and blending, flow control, plate heat exchangers, temperature regulation, scraped surface heat exchangers, homogenizers, Ammonia, Nitrogen/CO2 cooling/freezing methods and equipment, Sanitary/ Aseptic package Fillers, and CIP systems preferred.
Understanding of Design of Experiment methodologies.
Proficient in Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel and Power Point.
Adept in using and maintaining a lab notebook.
Effective communication skills (both verbal and nonverbal) and the ability to present to leadership.
Familiarity with project management fundamentals.
Ability to collaborate cross-functionally.
Demonstrated strong leadership (Interpersonal, Team, and Organizational) and decision making skills.
Structured problem solving skills (preferred Six Sigma and other problem solving models).
Technical judgment and prioritization skills.
Skilled in a Deliverables and Success Criteria-based environment.
Risk Anticipation and mitigation.
Experience working with external work partners, vendors, and suppliers on sensitive/confidential matters.
Experience in identifying, documenting, and implementing Intellectual Property.
Position Physical Requirements:
Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:
Frequent overnight travel is required. Higher levels of travel may occur periodically as dictated by project needs.
Lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally; lift up to 25 lbs. regularly.
Work extensively in pilot plant and/or production plant floor environment.
Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days to include: loud noise, heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions.
Walking and/or standing for long periods of time.
Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders.
Bending and/or crawling; must be able to move safely and freely around machinery.
Driving a company or rental vehicle as needed.
This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation. As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.
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.