Associate Process Implementation Engineer - Meat Snacks - Military veterans preferred

Conagra Brands (


  full-time   employee

United States

Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.
Job Summary
An Associate Process Implementation Engineer will support and assist senior engineers and food scientists with Meat Snack 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 Meat Snack 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.
Position Responsibilities
Partner closely with food scientist counterparts as Meat Snack products get developed to enable a more seamless scale-up, incorporating key processing considerations.
Develop and define manufacturing processes that accommodate specific consumer and marketplace requirements for new Meat Snack products, while meeting process, quality, and cost objectives.
Define the physical, chemical, and biological transformations that must occur to produce new Meat Snack products.
Support project objectives under the direction of supervisor.
Execute bench-top and pilot plant testing to develop prototypes and prove hypotheses.
Learn and apply the Methodology of Product/Process/Package Development (MOPD).
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 – specifically for Meat Snacks.
Be flexible in learning and applying new ways of doing work.
Position Qualifications
BS Chemical, Food, or Biological Engineering required. MS preferred.
Minimum 1 year related experience or internship history required.
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.
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.
Ability to travel up to 40% of the time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible Conagra representative.
Physical Requirements (optional)
Ability to 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 job 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 Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.