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Senior Process Engineer

Company: Conagra Brands, Inc.
Location: Centralia
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary

This position is responsible for leading the RQI Process Engineering team for one of the major business units. The team is responsible for the definition, development, & commercialization of new or improved processing technologies & techniques to drive new product introductions, cost reduction initiatives, quality improvement efforts, and compliance with food safety & regulatory requirements. The individual will manage and be responsible for the development of a team of approximately 3-5 direct reports. The individual will also be expected to act as the process engineer or RQI technical leader of one or two major projects.

Position Responsibilities

  • Builds & maintains an understanding of the process technology needs & capabilities across the company, especially in their target platform. Partners internally and externally (Universities, suppliers, competitive scouting) to identify technologies that can be adapted for our needs.
  • Coaches and leads a team of 3-5 direct reports. Shows a passion for developing talent, maximizing performance, and career growth for the group as a whole.
  • Creates & fosters a food culture - valuing broadmindedness, creativity, curiosity, & decision-making.
  • Acts as "the face" of the process engineering team to stakeholders & team members across their target platform. Is able to effectively manage stakeholders across the organization. Drives discussion on effective resource allocation to the right projects.
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders across the organization to represent process engineering, aligning the work with business needs for programs such as: quality & food safety improvement, productivity & cost initiatives, network optimization efforts, commercialization of new items, and capacity expansions.

Position Qualifications

  • BS in Chemical, Food, Biochemical, or Mechanical Engineering required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience with proven leadership in food process technology or related areas of work.
  • 3+ years of experience effectively influencing across business partners and stakeholders.
  • 2+ years of experience managing, mentoring, or coaching technical professionals.
  • Passion for individual engineer and total group career development.
  • Background in frozen food or extended shelf life dairy & refrigerated foods and related processing desired.
  • Extensive knowledge of food science & food processing.
  • Thorough understanding of food safety, sanitary design, & equipment cleaning.
  • Solid understanding of sensory testing methodologies and translating consumer insights into technical solutions.
  • Understanding of food/package interaction.
  • Knowledge of product development process.
  • Basic financial understanding, to enable profitability optimization and project budgeting skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills along with the self-confidence to drive the technical organization to new levels of accomplishment and performance.
  • Creative and result oriented personality.
  • Self-starter, but also a team player with proven problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of capital engineering practices a plus
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible company 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.

Our Benefits:

We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:

  • Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insurance
  • Wealth: great salaries, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan
  • Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences
  • Balance: paid-time off , flexible work-schedules

Our Company:

Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team that's passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Birds Eye, Marie Callender's, Banquet, Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, and Vlasic, and emerging brands, including Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP, Duke's, Earth Balance, Gardein, and Frontera.

We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information, visit

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.

Keywords: Conagra Brands, Inc., Decatur , Senior Process Engineer, Other , Centralia, Illinois

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