Cargill Production Management Engineer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Production Management 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.


Starting your career as a Production Management Engineer, you will work in one of our many rural plants, located in communities across the United States. There, you will participate in a fast-paced, hands-on plant management team as a supervisor of a production department or an engineering project with responsibilities for work process and supervision.

Principal Accountabilities

Production Management Engineers begin their careers at Cargill in many different roles within our diverse businesses including: Agricultural Supply Chain North America; Beef; Deicing Technology; Global Edible Oil Solutions North America; Industrial Specialities; Metals Supply Chain; Salt; Starches and Sweeteners North America; Texturizing Solutions; Turkey and Cooked Meats; and Value Added Protein.

Production Management Engineers - Manage people, process, and input/product in a plant environment. They will be involved in day-to-day direct supervision of operators and production activities, and participate in daily production management meetings. Engineers must be able to comprehend, administer, and manage all aspects of Government Regulations and Cargill compliance programs including environmental, health, safety, maintenance, and housekeeping. Production Management Engineers typically manage teams of production employees within the first two years of their careers and have responsibility for hiring, scheduling, motivating, and handling employee relation issues. They will also be involved in process optimization, equipment and process reliability, and may manage capital projects.

Process / Project Engineers - Responsible for business case development, vendor selection, budget management, and project management responsibilities for major projects and improvements involving process optimization, safety, quality, infrastructure, and energy use. They have heavy involvement with various innovation processes, idea generation systems, reliability centered design and they help implement technical initiatives driven from global Process Development Groups, Centers of Excellence and Research & Development.

Reliability Engineers - Possess a blend of technical and process knowledge and apply that knowledge to increasing the plant’s process and equipment reliability. Reliability engineers are responsible for identifying waste and inefficiency and applying continuous improvement tools such as: Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), 5S, and 5Why.

45% - Process engineering including P&ID development, system throughput calculations and equipment selection, mass/material balance, and energy/utility calculations, yield improvements, etc.

15% - Develop various options to achieve project objectives. Develop capital budget, operating costs, and benefits for each option. Perform financial analysis on each option and select best option. Write commitment and get approval if appropriate.

10% - Detailed design engineering and bid package development, principally through the use of a consulting engineering firm.

10% - Construction management, insuring adherence with safety requirements, schedule, and capital budget.

10% - Commissioning and start-up support to operations.

10% - Assist operations with production management.


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 OR Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Field and minimum 3 years industrial experience.

  • Minimum 2 year of production management or engineering experience.

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

  • Strong prioritization and time management skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of food safety, safety, quality, productivity, cost and employee relations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in production, reliability, or project management.

  • Minimum 2 years in project engineering and/or operations supervision.

  • Knowledge of project accounting system and ability to enter requisitions, jobs and work orders.

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

  • Basic competencies in process safety, food safety, good manufacturing processes, basic competencies in piping design and tank design, automation, electrical and instrumentation, management of change, electrical design and fire protection.

  • Construction project management course, root cause analysis training, reliability centered maintenance course, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30 hour construction safety training, and food safety training.

  • Basic working knowledge of standards, codes, and specifications.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-IA-Cedar Rapids

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: CED00970