Cargill Process Development Engineer in Manchester, United Kingdom

Process Development 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.


Job location: Manchester

Cargill’s Manchester plant is a large production facility at the hub of the UK food industry. The plant and offices located in Manchester are part of the Cargill starches and sweeteners business producing sweeteners, wheat protein and alcohol for customers in the confectionery, brewing, drink, dairy, farming and bakery sectors.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a member of a group of technical experts consisting of engineers, chemists and research scientists with the goal of continuous improvement. The Process Development Group (PDG) Engineers provide leadership with a technical and engineering focus to support the manufacturing operation. This role includes business case development for multiple projects across the wheat processing part of the plant. The successful candidate will provide direction for the department aligned with the achievement of the site business plan, PDG business plan and other corporate goals. The person in this role is responsible for project design and implementation and variable cost control in the wheat production area. This position also focuses on innovation through the utilization of continuous improvement (CI) tools, statistical analysis and interpretation of process data, process optimization and the facilitation of Kaizen events.

Major Tasks:

  • Identifying opportunities and performing business case analysis and upfront engineering design to address best practice gaps.

  • Supporting the manufacturing team to trouble shoot process issues, using recognised problem solving tools e.g. 5Y, Kaizen, Lean 6 Sigma, RCA.

  • Assist and support R&D, new initiatives, trials, and eventual implementation of concepts

  • Function as the local process representative to the Starches and Sweeteners Business Unit and be a liaison for peers and PDG members at other locations. Develop a strong technical network within the organisation.

  • Become a department technical expert and identify ways to optimise and improve production performance and ensure knowledge is transferred not only locally but also throughout the business.

  • Track and control key performance indicators including costs, chemical usage, energy, yields, and operational standards.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in Chemical, Food science, Biochemical Engineering or other engineering discipline that has a strong foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass/material balance and process design

  • Proven production management or engineering experience from a similar solid processing industry e.g. Food, Chemicals or Pharmaceuticals

  • Knowledge of wheat processing would be an advantage but not essential.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence others and work with multifunctional teams and personnel.

  • Strong prioritisation and time management skills

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

  • Project management experience

  • Good working knowledge of production management. Understanding of plant processes and operational needs

  • Proven supervisory experience in an operational environment.

  • Practical, hands-on knowledge of problem solving techniques e.g. Kaizen, Lean 6 Sigma, RCA.

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

Interested? Then please send us your CV and cover letter today.

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Job Engineering

Primary Location United Kingdom-ENG-Manchester

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: MAN00417