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2023 Graduate Program North America - Process Engineering

Requisition ID 41801
Position Type Kerry Graduate
Posting Type LI

How often can you find a multi-billion-dollar company that offers you flexibility to change in your career as your interests change? You just did. Kerry's unique culture and commitment to change in the food, beverage, and pharma industries offers support and opportunities as your interests and need to explore grow. If fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and global opportunities appeal to you, then introduce yourself!

About Kerry 

Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products, with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading and proprietary consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,000+ food scientists and local manufacturing footprint in 31 countries enable us to co-create with our customers across over 150 countries.  At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over 2 billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030. 

Process Engineering Overview

The role of the Process Engineer is equipment focused. You will optimise existing equipment, control systems and settings constantly striving to improve quality, equipment efficiency, and safety. You will support operations and partner with Process Science, assist with addressing production issues to conclusion, where necessary engaging with various departments or functions within Kerry and/or suppliers to resolve issues quickly. Your direct line manager will be the site Engineering & Maintenance Manager, but you may also receive instruction from other Managers as appropriate and even the central Process Technology group for Kerry Applied, Health, & Nutrition. You will have real opportunity to engage right across the business and make a difference early in your career. You will be supported and work alongside one of the most experienced food and pharma manufacturing teams in the world. You will spend the first in year in one location and then rotate to another location.

Key Responsibilities

What you'll do

  • Demonstrate leadership in the area of safety.  Ensure all process related activities associated with any change or improvement do not breach the appropriate health and safety standards within it, and are fit for purpose on completion
  • Play a leading role in driving the continuous improvement of plant, equipment, and people safety. Ensuring that equipment complies with the latest standards related to safety, health, and ergonomics
  • Assist in troubleshooting and optimizing the current production processes to eliminate product losses, improve quality, plant capacity, throughput, conversion cost, safety and increase shippable %
  • Improves end to end process capability of production lines by applying best in class engineering principles to reduce variation, and continuous improvement principles to reduce waste (product, raw material, packaging, etc.)
  • Implement and collect reliable line data, perform analyses, provide recommendations for improvement, and implement improvement strategies driving continuous improvement initiatives to reduce cost per tonne.
  • Assure compliance with Kerry’s sanitary design standards. Assist the sanitary design teams to complete hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) studies and assure current good manufacturing practices (cGMP’s) compliance.
  • Conduct start-up field testing and troubleshoots new, modified, and current systems and equipment related to a project.  Create installation and operational qualification documents (IQ/OQ) and implement IQ’s/OQ’s upon management approval. Assist with the completion of cleaning qualification (CQ). Train personnel responsible for operation of equipment.
  • Develop and maintain equipment specifications and systems by making calculations, preparing process flow diagrams (PFD’s), piping and instrumentation drawings (P&ID’s), site and floor plans, elevation drawings, utilities matrices, and other project documentation, as applicable
  • Responsible for ensuring that all Kerry policies and standards are implemented and adhered to while ensuring regional, national, and local legislative requirements are met by the operations team including the site engineering function and any external services/contractors utilized in the improvement, modification, or application of the process or its equipment.
  • Responsible for ensuring all infrastructure and/or equipment selected is fit for purpose and fulfils all regional, national, and local legislative regulatory requirements in its application and any materials used or manufactured
  • Maintain and deploy a broad knowledge of industry trends/innovations and where possible implement new process technology innovation to enhance Kerry manufacturing capability.
  • Responsible for the effective management of change for all equipment under your remit
  • Responsible for leveraging best practice from process technology Subject Matter Experts in the region
  • Actively live the Kerry values of Courage, Ownership, Inclusiveness, Open-mindedness, & Enterprising Spirit

Qualifications and Skills 

What you'll need to be successful 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university in Food Science/business or commensurate experience 

  • Ability to think both strategically and tactically, dealing with all levels within customers and internally 

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to communicate effectively to all levels of an organization 

  • Ability to navigate internal networks and teams to move initiatives forward at the fast pace required by customers 

  • Experience with, digital lead management tools or a strong appetite to learn 

  • Self-starter with a high level of autonomy/initiative 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) 

  • A curious mindset 

  • Expected Travel: – 10-15% but could be more in the earlier stages of the role. 

  • Ability to travel throughout the US.  

  • Minimum 3.25 GPA

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.

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