This position will provide support for process optimization studies or continuous improvement projects in the Process, utilities, drying and other plant departments. This position will receive work direction or assignments from the Plant Manager or the Director of Operations. Additional assignments may also be received from the production managers. The primary goal of the Process Engineer is to prepare for future positions of greater responsibility in the production departments. This goal will be accomplished by acquiring knowledge and experience through training, both internal and external, and participation in process optimization studies and/or continuous improvement projects in the Process department. As knowledge and experience is gained, this position will grow to lead the fore mentioned projects and/or studies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Other duties may be assigned depending upon operational needs
Participate in or lead specific studies directed at continuous manufacturing improvement or process optimization.
Assist Plant Manager or Production Managers in troubleshooting process issues as required.
Assist Plant Manager or Production Managers in developing key manufacturing performance strategies and reports.
Gain manufacturing process knowledge while working on the various improvement or optimization studies.
Occasionally write capital spending requests for assigned projects and follow-up through completion.
Acquire knowledge of, and gain familiarity with, the plant fermentation and drying facility equipment and process control system.
Acquire knowledge of the plant’s utility systems and their performance
Learn existing fermentation and drying facility production scheduling process.
Identify/develop opportunities to modify, improve, and/or automate the fermentation scheduling methods.
Participate in and/or lead specific studies directed at continuous manufacturing improvement or process optimization.
Assist Production managers in developing key manufacturing performance strategies and reports. Continue and/or improve fermentation performance tracking systems.
Develop management skills necessary to manage both hourly and supervisory staff members through internal mentoring and external training programs.
BS Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering or related engineering degree and will have 2 to 5 years experience in a similar position. Strong communication skills and a willingness to work internationally in the future. Previous experience working in the food, beverage, or chemical manufacturing industries highly preferred. Experience with fermentation is desired.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.
Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factors.
Ability to prioritize and organize tasks. Communication and “customer” service skills are required in relationships with coworkers, management, and other departments within the company.
Mechanical aptitude and trouble-shooting skills.
Ability to write detailed technical reports; computer proficiency required.
Ability to design and/or utilize complex spreadsheets to organize and analyze data.
Additional safety and/or training experience helpful.