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Senior Capital Project Engineer

Wahpeton, North Dakota |

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Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced production plants in the world. We need responsible, effective, safety-minded and best-in-class individuals to join our team. Engineers are vital in ensuring that consistent engineering standards are maintained to meet corporate, legal, regulatory and customer requirements. Close coordination across various teams including engineering, operations, maintenance and reliability, safety, logistics and supply chain will be integral to the success of this role. Please note, specific roles will vary greatly by plant and location. Safety is always our number one priority, and no matter your experience level, we will train you for success. Your work in our plants can help you grow both personally and professionally. Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you thrive.

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During my time at Cargill I have been provided with many exciting opportunities to develop my engineering expertise and experience.”

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In 2014, I chose Cargill to be the company where I would do a compulsory internship in the Chemical Engineering course. Six years later, I see that it was a very assertive choice. As a trainee, engineer, or continuous improvement Supervisor, I fulfilled in being able to use my strengths, be authentic, and exercise my purpose to impact people's lives. Also, I have access to so many opportunities! Being a woman in a factory environment can be challenging! We are still starting to occupy this space, but, without a doubt, it is gratifying to work in a company that puts people first and promotes an inclusive and diverse environment.”

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Senior Capital Project Engineer

Job ID 286427 Date posted 02/14/2024

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Senior Capital Project Engineer will plan, support, and execute capital project engineering deliverables at our Wahpeton, ND facility. The facility includes several operations departments including a wet will, animal feed, utilities, and sweetener refinery. 

The position will primarily focus on mid-sized capital projects from design to startup, while overseeing construction management and considering safety, schedule, efficiency, cost management and documentation. 

This professional will actively develop and apply engineering standards, project management procedures, and provide advice on issues within their engineering scope.  This role will manage the development and execution of the site capital budget.

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead the development of capital project scope, schedule, and budget while following project management deliverables and best practices.
  • Lead the development of site five year capital plan and manage the project portfolio.
  • Coordinates staffing and development of construction, commissioning and start-up plans and assists operations in troubleshooting and optimization activities. 
  • Perform process engineering for individual projects as needed to meet project objectives.
  • Lead equipment specification and procurement and develop, review and award bid packages for equipment and labor.
  • Analyze and develop solutions to engineering problems related to manufacturing equipment and systems, or the causes of component failures.
  • Design and improve manufacturing processes, instruments and equipment, and testing manufactured products to maintain quality.
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Informally lead, mentor and coach early career engineers through hands-on training and project work.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Mechanical, Chemical or Ag/Biosystems Engineering degree
  • Demonstrated ability to execute capital projects or portfolio of projects
  • Previous experience in chemical, food or related industry
  • Ability and desire to work hands on in fast paced and technical plant environment
  • Experience leading others through project work- mentoring, coaching, or supervising.
  • Lean six sigma green belt certified or desire to gain w/in first two years.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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