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Work closely with research and development to scale up novel fermentation downstream processes.
Conduct DOE experiments to enhance product yield and purity and report results to leadership.
Perform scale-up and scale-down studies to evaluate and select appropriate equipment.
Develop detailed project plans, including resource allocation, budget estimates, risk assessments, and contingency plans
Oversee the installation of new equipment, production lines, and facility improvements
Collaborate with cross-functional teams including production, maintenance, quality assurance, and research & development to define project scopes, objectives, and timelines
Monitor project progress, track key performance indicators, and address any deviations from the plan, keeping stakeholders informed through regular updates
Oversee the commissioning and startup of new equipment
Conduct feasibility studies, cost-benefit analyses, and technical evaluations to support decision-making on project priorities
Calculate mass and energy balances on unit operations
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or food science discipline required. Chemical engineering degree preferred
Proven experience (4+ years) in project engineering within a food manufacturing or similar industry, including successful completion of projects with capex exceeding $5M.
Strong understanding of food processing equipment, automation systems, and manufacturing principles
Capable of calculating material and energy balances for key unit operations
Understanding of complex process problems and ability to develop, recommend and implement cost effective solutions
Strong safety awareness and knowledge, always adhering to safety procedures (LTT) and SOPs
Possesses strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and with a team
Proficiency using Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
Background in food manufacturing
Experience on greenfield construction of sites >$5M in capex
Experience with filamentous fungi, yeast, or bacteria fermentations
Experience operating centrifuges, membranes, chromatography, and CIP systems
Proficiency in project management methodologies, tools, and software