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Sr. Process Technology Engineer

Requisition ID 28167
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Engineering and Maintenance 
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Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

As an integral member of the stocks and broths process engineering team, this role leads and supports various projects ranging from plant process improvements, driving technical/technological innovation and efficiency to execution of capital projects while keeping people safety, food safety and sustainability as top of mind priorities. This position requires strong knowledge in process engineering, lean manufacturing, project management and sanitary design for food manufacturing. Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork capabilities are required due to the interdependencies with other functions like operations, maintenance and quality.  This role will lead these projects from concept and initial fact finding partnering with functional stakeholders through implementation and final handoff. As part of the North America Engineering team, the incumbent will be a key technical contributor to project teams responsible for executing projects for the organization.

Key responsibilities

  • The investigation and resolution of operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks and lead teams through application of continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing and six sigma to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness.
  • Foster a culture of process innovation and collaboration with key partners in Research and Development, Finance and Operations 
  • Identification of best in class processing solutions that aligns fully with corporate and regulatory standards for sanitary design, ergonomics, employee safety and food safety requirements.
  • Cultivate a positive and innovative work environment.
  • Be a key stakeholder  in the design, development and creation of scope for engineering projects or the engineering work of the department to achieve maximum efficiency.
    • Initiate the conceptual design and develop the project justification for capital projects.
    •  Support the bid process, budgeting and submission process for capital and operational projects.
    • Act as the technical receiver for new projects and ensure they perform to expectations.
    • Own and update the repository of engineering documentation, including flow sheets, risk analyses, permits and compliance documentation as required.
  • Communicate clearly, both written and verbally, with contractors, plant personnel, peers and management. 

Qualifications and skills

  • BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, or similar engineering discipline from an accredited institution is required.
  • 5 + years’ experience in Project Management with responsibility for capital projects and continuous improvement savings preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of advanced operational improvement methodologies in Lean and Six Sigma.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing.

Required Experience

  • Extraction Technology - Aqueous-based batch extraction
  • Separation Technology - Micro-filtration, centrifugation, clarification
  • Concentration Technology - Membrane concentration: ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis or Multiple-effect vacuum evaporation
  • Aseptic Processing - HTST/UHT Fluid processing, Low-Acid Aseptic Food Processing
  • Aseptic Packaging - Low-acid aseptic packaging – rigid & flexible
  • Hygienic Zoning - Clean-room classification for aseptic processing & packaging, USDA Meat Processing  

Preferred experience

  • Spray drying
  • Refrigeration systems
  • Understanding of basic ammonia refrigeration systems and Process- Safety Management (PSM) fundamentals

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         

Nearest Major Market: Harrisonburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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