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Sr. Research Process Control Engineer

Plymouth, Minnesota

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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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Cargill is a great, energetic place to work. We can be ourselves and do the work we like, because of our inclusive culture. Together, our teams work hard to help the world thrive.”

Lisa W., Senior Engineering Manager

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

Liam Mccarthy, EMEA, Plant Engineering Manager

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.”

Nattalia Muttoni, LATAM, Continuous Improvement Supervisor

Sr. Research Process Control Engineer

Job ID PLY00680 Date posted 02/16/2021

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. 


The Sr. Research Process Control Engineer will apply process control, process engineering, continuous improvement and data analytics expertise to improving the efficiency of industrial scale processes. In this role, you will apply a fundamental knowledge of process control and plant instrumentation, coupled with knowledge of process engineering and plant operations, to optimize our production processes to best-in-class performance.


  • Lead the development and deployment of process control technologies and advanced automation strategies.
  • Identify new opportunities for process improvements by analyzing production data and developing process control strategies aligned with business objectives that can be scaled quickly to facilities.
  • Drive continuous improvement efforts for internal processes to standardize, simplify and automate tasks needed to enhance the facilities operational performance.
  • Execute on a portfolio of process control and automation projects that will bring our manufacturing facilities to best-in-class performance.
  • Provide process control and other engineering expertise within productivity projects related to yield improvement, metrics enhancement, throughput, down-time reduction, product quality and variable cost reduction.
  • 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 Chemical Engineering or related field, OR in lieu of degree, equivalent experience
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Confirmed proficiency in developing and implementing strategies for process control
  • Experience in implementing process control solutions in an industrial manufacturing environment
  • Ability to travel up to 25%


  • Master’s or PhD in Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Six or more years related work experience
  • Kaizen, Six Sigma or Lean process facilitation
  • Experience in chemical process modeling and simulation
  • Proven accomplishments in an industrial setting and an ability to work in a collaborative environment to optimize plant assets
  • Broad knowledge of process engineering concepts, operations management and unit operations

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