Senior Process Engineer

Omaha, Nebraska

Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.

Job Summary

A Senior Process Engineer will be a primary owner of process development for priority businesses and brands, particularly on major initiatives, from the initial concept through final commercialization phases.  Development work will focus on understanding the science that defines critical transformations within each unit operation, and then translating this into performance-based specifications that provide the widest possible solution space for optimized system design.  In addition, this position will work to further develop technical skills within assigned areas of focus in order to provide impactful business results outside of business-led initiatives.  The individual in this position will have a bias for action, will be efficient in working towards end goals, will utilize external resources and insights where appropriate, will demonstrate command of process engineering principles, and will measure self-performance by actual results and how they were delivered.  This position could have direct reports.

Position Responsibilities

  • Define the physical, chemical, and biological transformations that must occur to produce food products meeting customer and consumer requirements, and translate into clear design specifications & process requirements.
  • Lead process development as well as other cross-functional activities on projects, particularly those initiatives involving innovation and new technologies.
  • Develop cost estimates and capital requests for small and large-scale trials.
  • Construct and lead the execution of bench top, pilot plant and plant experiments/trials, either individually or as a member of a technical team.
  • Comprehend and apply principles of the scale-up of unit operations common within the food industry.
  • Understand the fundamentals of Design of Experiments, and execute where appropriate.
  • Exhibit high-level business acumen to understand and challenge drivers that influence project profitability and cost optimization.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all experimental and design work.
  • Evaluate results, make conclusions, prepare reports and/or presentation decks, present and defend with support of supervisor.
  • Leverage both internal and external resources to help analyze problems, identify alternative options, carry out tests, foresee consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Conduct literature searches and prepare summaries/conclusions/insights playbooks from them.
  • Define processing core competencies in terms of playbooks, white papers, or other forms of knowledge capture and transfer technical learnings to manufacturing facilities where appropriate
  • Develop and apply project management skills.
  • Act as change agent within the organization, and champion ideas with significant business potential, gaining organizational buy-in where resistance is initially met.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of process innovation and development pipeline in assigned business areas through development of subject matter expertise and creative thinking.
  • Direct group efforts by collecting, analyzing, and presenting process data.

Position Qualifications

  • BS Chemical or Food Engineering required. MS preferred. 
  • Minimum 5 years related experience in process research required with a preference of having worked in the food industry.
  • Knowledge of unit operations and processing equipment. 
  • Intermediate project management knowledge and strong collaboration skills.
  • Ability and desire to learn new skills/technologies and to learn processes/products/systems.
  • Strategic, big-picture thinking skills.
  • Comfort with ambiguity.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Self-starter.
  • Ability to work as a team member and individually.
  • Proficient at Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Visio and PowerPoint. Familiarity with statistics tools and software (i.e. Minitab). Familiarity with historian or other process database management.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible company representative.

Physical Requirements (optional)

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally; lift up to 25 lbs. regularly.
  • Work extensively in pilot plant and or production plant floor environment.
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days to include:  loud noise, heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions.
  • Walking and/or standing for long periods of time.
  • Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders.
  • Bending and/or crawling; must be able to move safely and freely around machinery.
  • Driving a company or rental vehicle as needed.



Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.

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Conagra Brands (NYSE: CAG) is an approximately $8 billion company that combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus and entrepreneurial spirit. We’re transforming the way we operate to fulfill what consumers and customers want, in a smart, simple way. We’re modernizing our iconic food brands, leveraging fresh opportunities and adapting to a changing landscape – all with a culture that’s ready to capture growth and drive shareholder value.