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Lactic Acid Manufacturing Technology Engineer

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Job ID 216375 Date posted 08/02/2022 Location : Blair, Nebraska

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 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 Lactic Acid Manufacturing Technology Engineer will apply engineering techniques to improve complex manufacturing processes and products. In this role, you will provide technical support, operations experience, continuous improvement, and project management skills and be a contributing member of a team on complex issues related to the operational domain area.  In this role, you will work to drive efficient and safe performance of each unit operation including process capabilities, hazard analysis, performance monitoring, technical training, and process improvements. You will provide insights to enable the operational area to achieve variable and fixed cost and operating efficiency targets, while protecting our people, communities, the environment, and assets and honor our business obligations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Collect and analyze complex operational data and trends and provide recommendations and plans to improve the performance and reporting process of manufacturing equipment and processes and ensure consistent monitoring and early warning indicators.

  • Collaborate with operations leadership to plan, recommend, and schedule improvements of complex systems.

  • Partner with internal technology and finance operations stakeholders to monitor and manage variable and fixed costs at the site.

  • Partner with manufacturing technology engineers to analyze capital expenditures and complex project designs to find more efficient, cost-effective approaches and promote higher quality and reliable outcomes.

  • Provide oversight to project engineers and provide technical input during the project development process.

  • Partner with relevant personnel from other departments within the site or across the business to recommend benchmark practices and create strategies.

  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.

  • Other duties as assigned

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  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of engineering subject matter

  • Minimum of four years of related work experience


  • Lean six sigma green belt certification

  • Understanding of operational data portfolio of technologies

  • Strong project management aptitude and experience

  • Strong data analysis capabilities including continuous improvement experience or certifications

Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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