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Senior Project Engineer Smart Manufacturing (Open to multiple locations)

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Job ID 191306 Date posted 09/05/2022 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 Senior Project Engineer Smart Manufacturing will 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 Project 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 Project 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.

The Project Engineer may be located in multiple locations across the Midwest with preference for Blair/Omaha, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, Dayton, OH, Eddyville, IA, Fort Dodge, IA, Hammond, IN, Memphis, TN or Wahpeton, ND

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead engineering projects or segments of larger capital projects in the testing and evaluation of new technologies to reduce cost or improve the value of existing products or processes.
  • Utilize knowledge of products and processes to assess alternatives and understand broad implications of possible changes and to leverage cross functional expertise and apply best practices to solution identification.
  • Evaluate new technology solutions and value optimization projects with considerations for experimental design and analysis using a science-based and data-driven approach.
  • Establish clear deliverables for projects and utilize project charters, protocols, and project reports to effectively plan, execute, and document the work in a timely manner using project management skills and tools.
  • Understand customer requirements and stakeholder expectations on projects and identify, maintain, and defend intellectual property opportunities as they arise.
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of 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.


Position Information

US Covid-19 Vaccination Update: 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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