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ADM Production Engineer – Des Moines, Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Title:

Production Engineer – Des Moines, Iowa



Job Description:

Production Engineer – Des Moines, Iowa

This is an exempt level position.

Job Summary:

Responsible for leading day-to-day operations of the Soybean Processing Plant and supporting Performance Excellence pillars. This position is also responsible for process improvements in all facets of operation through direct contributions of project development from conception though start-up. The role assists in leading day to day operations, tracking and understanding department costs, yields, quality, and process performance. A Production Engineer will indirectly lead hourly colleagues and support the Plant Superintendent in operations, coordination of training, as well as updating standard operating procedures. This position will work with and coordinate contractors for the completion of Focused Improvement projects within the plant.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversight of specific processes that may include projects. Project management may require, purchasing of materials and supplies, equipment installation, budget tracking, employee training, and startup of projects

  • Lead plant operations to maintain personnel and process safety

  • Recommendations for improvements to company facilities, equipment, and safety programs

  • Interacts directly with shift supervision to produce desired operational results and employee development

  • Conducts daily review of paperwork (i.e. operational & Shift Supervisor, quality reports and Production Review).

  • Supports Quality and the Food Safety Management System and possibly as member of that team.

  • Serves as a primary contact for operational, production, and maintenance planning, giving guidance priorities

  • Assist in daily operations including shift coverage as needed

  • Project design, development and management that are specific to the operations

  • Process and cost tracking

  • Participates in employee performance management

  • Provide feedback, mentorship and support to operators and engineers to achieve short term and long-term department performance through use of KPI’s, continuous improvement, and Performance Excellence concepts

Job Requirements:

  • B.S. in Engineering preferred or equivalent experience

  • Plant operations experience and direct supervision of colleagues is preferred

  • Project management experience / background is helpful.

  • Concern for Quality

  • Strong Dedication to Safety

  • Proven leadership

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills

  • Good written and verbal commutation skills

  • Ability to lead personnel and work closely with Corporate departments

  • Ability to look beyond the task at hand, to anticipate challenges and develop options to overcome them

Working Conditions:

  • This position presents exposure to oils at hot temperature and use of chemicals and steam within the refining process.

  • Temperature ranges - Hot temperature may also reach 100 degrees with potential for high humidity during summer. Cold temperatures inside and out of the location may be below freezing during the winter months. Exposure to all inclement weather conditions including, but not limited to rain, sleet, snow and wind.

Some manufacturing processes within the facility are highly reliant on machinery and other processing equipment and, as a result, noise levels may reach or exceed 85 decibels and require use of hearing protection for most of the work shift.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 30 pounds on a frequent basis, up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis and up to 55 pounds overhead.

  • Lifting or carrying of weights over 50 pounds is rare. Employees are encouraged to request assistance in lifting or carrying objects that weigh more than 50 pounds.

  • Able to move about or to a work site by stooping, bending, kneeling or squatting frequently. May also require periods of prolonged sitting or standing.

  • Able to operate equipment or diagnose / detect issues of machinery that may be located at different heights. May require work on ladders, scaffolding or other work at heights.

  • Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically powered tools and test equipment, to move throughout the facility, including climbing stairs in all buildings, and to work at heights.

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.


Des Moines


IA - Iowa

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