Pinnacle Foods

  • Process Engineer

    Location US-MN-Waseca
    Job ID
  • Overview

    At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: Unleashing Brand Potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.


    The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.



    This position is responsible for the management of plant capital projects and planning. This position is responsible for the supervision of a Process/Project Engineer direct report. This position is responsible for analyzing process and package systems in order to develop, recommend and execute improvement plans that support on-going cost reduction, efficiency improvements, safety and quality enhancement strategies in a continuous improvement environment.



    • Analyzing existing manufacturing processes to identify waste, redundancy, process bottlenecks, safety issues, and other operational inefficiencies. Propose and develop solutions to these operational challenges.
    • Provide technical and functional expertise to operations personnel in an effort to improve performance and resolve chronic equipment issues.
    • Prepare capital project proposal documentation and submit for approval to senior leadership.
    • Delegate capital projects to the Project/Process Engineer upon approval and assist as needed. Meet project cost, schedule, and objectives utilizing a mix of external contractors and internal maintenance personnel.
    • Execute strategies in an environment of conflicting expectations, fluctuating plans, and cost constraints.  
    • Conduct engineering studies to test and validate technologies, equipment, and processes
    • Understand code compliance, power distribution, industrial automation, and other electrical systems. Be familiar with basic building codes, safety standards, and other relevant engineering information.
    • Understand FDA regulations and how they are enforced in the food industry.
    • Be able to read and create process flow diagrams, equipment installation/layout drawings, ammonia system P&IDs, construction prints, instrumentation diagrams, electrical one line diagrams, PLC ladder code, and other basic engineering documents.
    • Prepare equipment specifications, scopes of work, construction & installation contracts, bid documents, project schedules, cost & payback analysis, and capital appropriation requests.
    • Understand basic ergonomic design related to food manufacturing environment during development of assigned projects.
    • Develop and execute a long term site-specific capital plan.
    • Develop a yearly capital budget and forecast by month. Provide Monthly reports to senior engineering leadership on current progress with project-specific reports on large capital projects.
    • Communicate with the finance team on construction in progress (CIP), capital and expense projections by month.
    • Annual asset registry audits and asset valuation upon project closures.CAPABILITIES:
    • Computer Knowledge – Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Allen Bradley/Rockwell proficiency/familiarity required.


    Minimum qualifications for this position are as follows:

    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to include both verbal and written.
    • Strong analytical skills using tools such as statistics, downtime tracking, mechanical history, project planning, etc. to identify opportunity areas.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills.
    • Management experience is required.
    • Experience working in a lean manufacturing environment.
    • Experience working in a food production facility a plus.
    • Experience with OSHA and FDA standards a plus.
    • Ability to quickly come up to speed on complex production processes.
    • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously is required.
    • Intrinsically motivated to achieve business results; has the ability motivate others


    Preferred qualification for this position are as follows, but not limited to:

    • Minimum of 5 years working in a fast-paced industrial/manufacturing environment required. 8 years of relevant experience preferred.
    • Experience with managing and planning budgets is preferred



    • BS in mechanical or industrial engineering or related field
    • Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer – qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other legally protected basis.


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