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Project Engineer Smart Manufacturing

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Job ID 221792 Date posted 07/21/2022 Location : Fort Dodge, Iowa | Eddyville, Iowa | Dayton, Ohio | Memphis, Tennessee | Omaha, Nebraska | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Wahpeton, North Dakota | Blair, Nebraska | Hammond, Indiana

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 Smart Manufacturing Sprint Team Engineerwill transform the way we work.  The focus of this role will be to develop and drive projects amid the Smart Manufacturing portfolio.  These technology projects will deliver advanced process controls and automation, deploy advanced process analytics, develop new tools to enable digitalized work processes, and ensure a strong digital foundation is built and sustained across Information Technology and Operations Technology capabilities.  The Smart Manufacturing Sprint Team Engineer will deliver these projects in alignment with the program roadmap and in collaboration with both regional and local stakeholders.

The Sprint Team Engineer will drive these projects through detailed design, technology pilots and plant trials, project execution, startup and commissioning, value tracking and sustainment activities, and project closeout.  Together with Operations and Manufacturing Excellence functional teams, you will be responsible to ensure technology successes are understood and captured in detail enabling rapid scaling across Cargill Starches Sweeteners and Texturizers globally. 

This Sprint Team Engineer is expected to provide technical leadership and expertise in the evaluation, development, and implementation of new manufacturing processes, controls, instruments, and equipment.  In this role, you will focus on improving cost and value of existing products including but not limited to raw material utilization, optimization of ingredients, receipt of inputs, bulk loadout of products, and manufacturing/production processes. You will serve as a subject matter expert executing key projects and working cross-functionally across the organization to foster collaboration.  You will be a key business contact with vendors and be a mentor to supporting team members.

Key Accountabilities

  • Prepare and execute on strategies and project plans for engineering and technical projects, including monitoring progress, resolving issues, budgets, coordinating schedules, status reporting and all tasks associated with the project and coordinate the operational aspects of assigned projects.
  • Develop project schedules by studying project plan and specifications, calculating time requirements and sequencing project elements.
  • Review status of projects and budgets, coordinate schedules, and prepare status reports and recommend appropriate actions.
  • Lead the project team and the work of contractors.
  • Collaborate with regional domain leads for domain specific expertise support in build projects.
  • Independently solve moderately complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years of related work experience
  • Able to travel 20-40% of the time, flexible depending on location


  • Project Management skills and experience managing a portfolio of projects simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with experience in plant operations, process engineering, project engineering, process controls and automation, manufacturing technology, production excellence or related technical field.
  • Experience in technologies that exist within Cargill Starches, Sweeteners, and Texturizers North America such as, but not limited to, corn wet milling, sweeteners, fermentation, steam generation, and compressed air generation/distribution, etc.

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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