Associate Process Engineer

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

Build your career at ConAgra Foods.  At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-paced workplace.

Position Summary:    An Associate Process Engineer will support and assist senior engineers with projects. This position will work with some supervision in order to develop the practical and critical skills necessary to transition projects to Supply Chain. This 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 the critical transformations for processes, developing performance based specifications, and providing the widest possible solution space.  The work must be focused on what the consumer benefits and 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.
  • Support project objectives under the direction of supervisor.
  • Execute bench-top and pilot plant testing to develop prototypes and prove hypotheses.
  • Review and analyze results of experiments in order to provide process recommendations.
  • Prepare results for review with guidance of supervisor and may present to management the findings.
  • 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.


Basic Position Requirements:

  • BS Chemical, Food, or Biological Engineering required. MS preferred. 
  • 1 year related experience or internship history desired.
  • Experience with process technology documentation, including Process Flow Sheets, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Mass and Energy Balances, and Process Control Strategies.
  • Experience with process technology preferred.
  • Knowledge of applied statistics.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Experience using and maintaining a lab notebook.
  • Effective communication skills (both verbal and nonverbal).
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally.
  • Demonstrate leadership (Interpersonal, Team, Organizational) and decision making skills.
  • Structured problem solving skills.
  • Technical judgment and prioritization skills.
  • Skilled in a Deliverables and Success Criteria-based environment.
  • Understands risk and values safety/food safety.



Position Physical Requirements:

Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:

  • Occasional 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.

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To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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