Senior Principal Engineer – Process

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Develop process designs for Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) efforts on all Cheese, whey and NPD projects.  Develop the process design standards and ensure that they are followed in the process design review efforts for all projects through each stage gate. Update and develop process design standards and methods to ensure robust design development and reviews. Drive innovative solutions and designs that improve quality, reduce variation, and minimize risk.  Mentor other Associates and provide technical expertise for multiple key processes throughout the organization.

Possesses highly advanced knowledge and specialized understanding of professional engineering concepts, principles, practices and procedures. Recognized as an expert within the organization and within the field. Independently performs a variety of unique and highly complex engineering projects/initiatives that impact the business on a large scale. Operates under little supervision and receives guidance only in the most complex situations. Contributes thought leadership and innovation that influences change and advancement of the industry. Provides expertise in conceptual design and construction implementation of highly complex systems. Anticipates challenges and recommends improvements and solutions for complex problems that have a broad impact on the business. Makes critical contributions to managing and solving highly complex and/or large technical challenges using broad perspectives to identify solutions. Contributes to development of functional strategy and important organizational decisions.

Provides management and leadership for the continuous improvement and optimization of the manufacturing processes and innovative design concepts to provide best value for the investment. Provides consultation and advises on best practices for plant design, process equipment, tools, techniques, and regulations/codes. Designs, develops and implements new products, processes, test methods, and equipment. Provides technical expertise on components, methods, systems and equipment. Leads engineering studies for process improvements and validations. Develops physical and functional test requirements to ensure specifications and regulations are met. Leads and directs cross-functional teams and serves as a resource for best practices.

Project Management:

Responsible for project leadership and direction of implementation of capital and other engineering related improvements involving the following major areas: cheese and whey processing, buildings/facilities, specifications, utilities, equipment, electrical, automation and controls, contract administration, start-up, and commissioning. Define scope and overall management of complex projects including: determining project objectives, timelines, budgets, resources, tasks, and supervising progress to ensure objectives are being met.Responsible for identification, specification, requisitioning, and coordination with procurement for the purchase and delivery of project components and equipment necessary for implementation of projects.Examine, review, and approve documents such as purchase orders, blueprint designs, change orders, and specifications to ensure completeness and accuracy.Direct the work and activities of suppliers, contractors, consultants, and designers as required.Prepare capital requests and justifications for improvement projects.

Technical Duties:

Manage and direct design projects, such as NPD, Front End Engineering and Design, process and processing systems including CIP systems and supporting and related  equipment/systems to ensure conformance to established company standards and best practices that ensure Trademark Excellence products. Work closely with the Technology team responsible to define, update and administer engineering design and standards and manage a design review process for projects. Provide training and leadership to the engineering team members in the area of process design and engineering. Responsible to drive process design by utilizing engineering principals in the review of equipment/system designs. Utilize all opportunities to arrive at the best solutions to balance process design with other constraints, such as cost, quality, and schedule. Review vendor supplied drawings of new equipment designs and provide innovative solutions to improve the design. Work with cross functional teams to review existing installations to find opportunities for continuous improvement in the areas of process design, including sanitary design and CIP. Responsible to ensure all new equipment and system installations are compliant with WDA, USDA, IMS and Grande requirements. Be the process design expert within Grande and for all projects that require support in process design and CIP systems. Direct equipment audits/evaluations of vendor supplied equipment using a systematic approach that can be documented and archived for future use. Assist in providing training to plant personnel on how to properly operate new equipment.• Collaborate with executives and managers to develop process designs and implement strategic policies and programs which ensure the protection of Grande Trademark Excellence. Develop and implement standards to minimize variation in system design and protocols between production facilities with the vision that every unit operation or system and all equipment, regardless of location, could be interchangeable. 

Additional Responsibilities:

Ensure compliance with federal, state and local codes. Provide liaison on project, facilities and equipment with regulatory agencies. Participate in professional organizations to maintain current knowledge of technical innovations.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree required. Degree in a related Engineering field required.
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years related engineering experience required.
  • Must have experience working with food processing facility and design
  • Adept project management skills with demonstration of experience in a variety of complex projects.
  • Knowledge of USDA, FDA, OSHA and environmental regulations, codes, and standards.
  • Highly skilled in troubleshooting, diagnosing problems and recommending improvements.
  • Strong planning and prioritization skills, innovation, multi-tasking, goal setting, analytical skills, adaptable, continuously looking to raise the bar for progress.
  • Ability to understand, influence, drive, and negotiate with internal and external customers.
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Advanced PC skills including Windows, Microsoft Office Suite and Engineering and design software.
  • Advanced knowledge in mathematical concepts such as fractions, ratios, value analysis, thermodynamics, to resolve engineering designs and problems.
  • Project management certification and/or Professional Engineering license required.




Bachelors Degree or better in Engineering.


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