Cargill Senior Engineer in Blair, Nebraska

Senior Engineer

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Purpose of this position:

The Senior Engineer is responsible for leading multifunctional project teams. This role is accountable for the development and execution of project scope, schedule, budget, resource needs and operating financials. This position is responsible for developing and managing all personnel and tasks involved in project management from project development to start-up including construction and commissioning activities. This position leads the development of project scope, schedule, budget, operating financials (including commitment preparation), staffing plan and project execution plan including participation of multifunctional teams as applicable to each project. This position develops the procurement, bidding and contracting strategies for the project, reviews bid packages, leads the negotiations on equipment, engineering and labor packages.

This person is responsible for determining the appropriate construction management processes considering safety, schedule, efficiency, cost management and documentation. This person is accountable for meeting all project objectives using the appropriate Project Management practices including Project Delivery Process (PDP), Build, Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI), Project Portfolio Management (PPM) and Project Management Group (PMG) as applicable to each project size and scope.

Key Responsibilities:

25%Defines and is accountable for project objectives and facilitates interaction with project sponsor and stakeholders to ensure alignment of project objectives. Defines viable alternatives to meet project objectives. Develops capital budget, schedule, scope, operating costs, resource needs, and benefits for each option. Performs financial analysis on each viable option and selects best option. Writes commitment and charter for funding approval if appropriate. Fully utilize Project Management Guidelines, PDP, Build, and PPM processes as needed to properly execute project. Generate project reports as needed to track costs and schedule.

20%Process engineering including Piping & Instrumentation Design (P&ID) development, system throughput calculations, equipment selection, mass and material balance, energy and utility calculations.

20%Responsible for project team leadership, organization and alignment. Manages construction personnel and activities insuring adherence with safety requirements, schedule, scope, change management processes and budget.

10%Develops, reviews and awards bid packages for labor and equipment including contract negotiations in cooperation with Procurement and Cargill Law.

10%Supports the start-up, commissioning personnel and activities.

10%Assist operations with troubleshooting, problem solving and optimization.

5%Coaches and mentors project engineers\

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  • may be greater depending on number of direct reports) and any other duties as assigned.


Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Biosystems Engineering or other engineering discipline that has a strong foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass/material balance and process design.

  • 5 years of project engineering and/or operations supervision.

  • Knowledge of project scheduling techniques.

  • Working knowledge of food safety and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) requirements.

  • Demonstrated high levels of organization, communication and documentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, coach and delegate.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with multifunctional teams and personnel.

  • Motivation and ability to execute projects/tasks in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives/projects and communicate goals, objectives and accomplishments to a broad audience.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence others.

  • Awareness of project management practices (PDP, PPM, Build, and PMG).

  • Knowledge of accounting system.

  • Awareness of standards, codes and specifications.

  • Ability to adapt and learn in a changing work environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Microsoft Office Suite experience.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience outside of project engineering is a plus such as operations, mainufacturing technology, or maintenance.

  • Cargill’s Construction Project Management course, food safety training, Build academy completion or relevant previous project experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute large projects (nominally $5MM or more) or to manage a portfolio of projects ($2MM or more) successfully.

  • Experience/Knowledge of PPM, PDP, and Build processes for full rigor projects. Facilitation of Project Workshops is a plus.

  • Demonstrated project controls skills for budget management and schedule development and execution.

  • Working knowledge of Project Scheduling Software.

  • Knowledge of project estimating techniques.

  • Demonstrated competencies in several of the key chemical processing unit operations such as evaporation, heat exchange, ion exchange, drying, etc.

  • Basic competencies in energy pinch analysis, food safety, Automation, Electrical & Instrumentation (AE&I), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B31.3 piping design, American Petroleum Institute (API) 650 tank construction, Management of Change (MOC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and National Electric Code (NEC).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Engineering

Primary Location US-NE-Blair

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: BLA01209