Plant Production Engineer

  • Location
    Keokuk, Iowa
  • Job type
  • Category
    Engineering - Manufacturing

Job Description



This position will work as a technical resource to coach and assist the operations team to optimize and improve Environmental, Health & Safety, production throughput, product quality, conversion, and reliability of supply.? This role will also work closely with other individuals and teams to establish yearly spending plans, production commitments to the business, and cost goals.? 


The Production Engineer acts as a technical resource for Operations personnel, applying technical skills within  Production, to optimize plant operations, resolves plant problems and enables safe and efficient production of low cost, quality products. This role is to provide a technical resource to assist work teams on daily operations and process performance so as to run a low cost, on specification, reliable, optimized operation, thereby maximizing value to the business in a safe environmentally friendly manner. 

Essential Functions 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Accountable to all Roquette & site policies and procedures relating to HSE, Quality, GMP etc. 

  • Responsible for compliance and participation in all HSE programs. 

  • Support and align with site objectives. 

  • Participate in site improvements initiatives and complete various audits as assigned. 

  • Drive safety first culture through word and action to support site and Roquette policies. 

  • Manage to a culture of customer service is key to our success. 

  • Lead and/or participate in project initiatives to improve the safety, quality, reliability, efficiency, and continuous improvement of plant operations  

  • Provide operational and technical support to all of the Roquette plants as needed, supporting process focused and individual focused initiatives 

  • Ensure compliance with Union Contract(s) and handle complaints, grievances, and counseling as required.  

  • Ensure that good housekeeping practices are maintained in all areas of the plant and addresses potential issues with follow up and action items. 

  • Actively participate in the plant safety programs, reviewing and enforcing all safety and health regulations, providing safety training, completing action items necessary for safety and health compliance, and investigating any safety problem or accident within department. 

  • Ensure compliance with hazardous waste programs and hazard material identification systems. 

  • Coordinate and supervise project implementation, control project costs, monitor progress and quality of the projects. 

  • Participate in quality audit requirements 

  • Maintain positive customer relations to ensure continued satisfaction; work closely with the customer on quality and/or supply issues as needed, either individually or in team settings, attend meetings and participate in improvement teams 

  • Leads and/or assist with changes to processes through MOC development and maintenance of standard operating procedures 

  • Leads and/or assists with coordination of plant shutdowns, including coordination of plant personnel tasks, hiring contractors and ensuring all necessary materials and equipment are obtained 

  • Contribute to the training of production technicians and engineers on all aspects of plant operations 

  • Networks with other engineers on site and within the business to leverage knowledge on plant operations? 

  • Implements best practices in order to optimize operations.?? 

  • Lead activities and participate in project initiatives to improve the reliability, efficiency, and continuous improvement of plant operations, applying Six Sigma Methodology and technical support to projects as needed? 

  • Works with Production Leads and Process Control Engineers to ensure process control is optimized in the facility.? 

  • Helps coordinate area of responsibility during planned?shutdown and maintenance activities. 

  • Oversee and lead plant production operations in powder 

  • Supervise manage hourly production workers 

  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned 

  • Must be able to work flexible hours.? 


    Required Competencies, Education and Experience 

    Problem Solving/Analysis. 


    Teamwork Orientation. 

    Project Management. 

    Communication Proficiency. 

    Performance Management. 

    Technical Capacity. 

    BS Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Microbiology degree 

    3+ yrs experience in relatable processing operations; 5+ yrs experience preferred 

    3+ yrs Corn Wet Milling process / Separation / Crystallization / Evaporation experience desired  

    Demonstrated strong technical skills and personal drive in continuous process 4. improvement and cost optimization 

    Experience with OEE & SPC recommended. 

    6    Demonstrated complex operational problem-solving and troubleshooting experience  

    7.   Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to work directly with engineers, managers, hourly employees and cross-functional teams 

     Demonstrated strong organizational skills, multi-tasking abilities, and self-motivation. 

    Other duties as assigned 

    Able to work flexible hours 

    Work with minimal supervision; self-starter 

    Experience with PSM element implementation, compliance and auditing, preferred.  

    Ability to consistently deliver top quality work and meet agreed upon timelines. 

    Green or Black LSS belt preferred.  



    Supervisory Responsibility 

    This position will not supervise employees of the department.  

    Work Environment 

    This job operates in the manufacturing plant.   

    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. 

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, climb stairs, stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the employee to work in hot, humid connections and to lift at least 25 pounds on occasion.   

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work 
    This position regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work. 


    Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected. 

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

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