Cargill AEI Regional Project Engineer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

AEI Regional Project 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.


Position Purpose:

The Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers North America AEI Regional Project Engineer is primarily responsible for leading automation, electrical, and instrumentation projects within the region. This position will oversee the overall implementation of projects, including setting the strategy for prioritization of projects, schedule, cost estimating, and projections for project implementation. The AEI Regional Project Engineer ensures consistency of design, quality control of project installations, and communicates objectives and implementation strategies through multiple levels of the organization. This position’s initial focus will primarily be on completing the Renaissance Program. The Renaissance Program consists of a series of projects to upgrade obsolete control system technology at 4 production facilities, which includes installation of new automation networks, hardware, control wiring, software, and software programming for a variety of operations at the facilities.

The AEI Regional Engineer will directly supervise and coach individual project managers and technical experts.

Key Responsibilities:

35%Set strategy and execution plans for AEI regional projects including cost projections, schedule projections, staffing / resource plans, scope control, and evaluation / incorporation of new technologies as they become available.

30%Manage budgeting, cost control, project scope, schedule control, PDP process, workshops, and gate reviews for regional projects.

15%Interface with hardware and software design teams and provide input / approval for designs.

10%Manage the overall relationship with key partners in hardware / software supply, project engineering, and programming.

5%Attend project cut-overs and apply learnings to future implementations.

5%Interface with the local AEI teams and AEI MTL groups to sustain the governing standards and drive continuous improvement of AEI standards.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering or 5 years of experience in automation projects

  • Demonstrated experience in managing projects where Distributed Control System (DCS)/DeltaV hardware and software were installed

  • Demonstrated experience of managing multiple, concurrent projects / priorities

  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated experience in affecting and managing major change within an operations team

  • Demonstrated strong learning capacity

  • Knowledge of project scheduling techniques

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

  • Experience with industry standards for automation and electrical design and installation

  • 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 lead projects or initiative virtually.

  • 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

  • Traveling availability 30%


  • 5 years of project management experience or 5 years of managing an automation department

  • Experience with DeltaV hardware and software programming

  • Experience with process design or management of a production line or department

  • Strong skills in budgeting, reporting, and tracking / analysis of key performance indicators and schedule for projects

  • Strong skills in developing bid packages, managing contractor personnel, and leading construction efforts

  • Ability to lead a cross-functional team and effectively delegate project tasks

  • Experience outside of project engineering is a plus such as operations, MTL, and maintenance

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

  • Familiarization with Provox, Modicon, Siemens, RS3, Control Logix, APACS and other control system technologies

  • 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

  • Basic competencies in 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-MN-Minneapolis

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: MIN04911