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Plant Engineer

Department: Operations
Location: Theodore, AL
Career Site: Diversified Foods & Seasonings

Purpose of the position

The Plant Engineer is responsible for overall Plant Engineering, Cap Ex Projects and Maintenance activities ofr the facility to ensure the reliability and health of the manufacturing operation. The Plant Engineer initiates, develops and helps implement projects to lower costs, improve quality, evaluate new technologies, evaluate new raw materials, and/or generate new business. This includes studying existing and new processes to help identify and implement improvement opportunities. The engineer also initiates projects that make plant facilities safer; reduce costs in such areas as energy, maintenance, and raw material usage; maintain the infrastructure of company facilities; and increase capacity.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Develops and/or assist others in developing workable process solutions to meet the requirements of the business (e.g. increased capacity, new product development, reduced costs, improved quality, and improved process safety, improved environmental impact).
  • Develops and initiates robust Preventive Maintenance programs and ensures program execution.
  • Manages Plant Cap-Ex projects from ideation to execution.
  • Manages facility ammonia and PSM program to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • Investigates, research, assess, evaluate, and/or propose ideas for new or modified processes and products. Clarify process issues early in the project life in order to minimize resource utilization and development costs.
  • Provides technical support to the manufacturing plants, including conceptualization of capital projects, troubleshooting, training, management and/or providing support of process changes and implementation of the specified solutions. In this role, the Process Engineer will validate projects as needed, and either lead or take an active part in post-start-up reviews and assessments. Evaluate and improve on processes in manufacturing systems. Improve process capability and production volume while maintaining and improving quality standards.
  • Evaluate and improve on processes in manufacturing systems. Identify cost reduction and capacity improvement ideas. Support safety studies and environmental reporting requirements.
  • Provide technical input to the business, manufacturing and R&D organizations in support of process improvement efforts, R&D programs, capital plans, and business plans.
  • Maintain safe and environmentally sound operation of units through periodic safety meetings, encourage reporting of all incidents, investigation and corrective actions proposal for all incidents, as well as ensuring that no major environmental incidents occur via proper inspections.
  • Ensures food safety and product quality through the proper design of manufacturing processes.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelorís Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering .Masterís Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of engineering experience in a manufacturing environment required.
  • Experience in developing and managing PSM and Preventive Maintenance Programs required.
  • Engineering experience in a food manufacturing environment industry experienced desired
  • Demonstrated ability and growth potential to progress to a leadership position within the organization.
  • Knowledge of instrument design and assembly, preferably hands on experience with maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, investigating incidents, identifying root cause and documenting findings.
  • Must possess knowledge of process improvement techniques, such as Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma/Greenbelt.
  • Excellent written communication skills with a strong ability to collaborate and work well with cross-functional teams
  • Strong track record of successful process/project work and problem solving

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