Job Summary: Develop and successfully lead projects to accomplish company and department goals for safety, operability and growth while ensuring project schedule, scope, quality, and cost are achieved and resources managed. Provide support to Manufacturing where subject matter expertise is needed.
Essential Job Functions:
Project Engineering – Provide engineering input on new/modified products or processes, site infrastructure/utilities upgrades, including investigation of new processes and equipment, applicability of existing and/or new processes, packaging, or product capital needs. Input includes estimates of total capital cost, timing, and resource considerations and other information in development of the Project Charter.
Equipment Design – Quickly and efficiently size and specify, new or replacement plant equipment, including: Pumps, Piping Systems, Heat Exchangers, Pressure Vessels, Conveyors, and Packaging Equipment.
Process Design – Generate P&IDs, Layout Drawings, Isometrics, and Equipment Specifications for new and retrofitted piping and equipment.
Project Development – Utilize Front-end Loading (FEL) principals on all major projects and others as appropriate. Where necessary, identify and evaluate contract engineering firms, construction skilled trade contractors, and others to support/develop project success.
Project Management – Manage small to medium capital and expense projects (typically <$1MM) related to upgrade and improvement of plant operations. Familiar with AutoCAD, and able to update field marked up drawings. Maintain and update maintenance and equipment files. When necessary, perform Kalsec Job Supervisor (KJS) duties in management of non-Kalsec/contract personnel.
Project Leadership – Provide leadership for assigned capital projects and support and/or lead major projects (>$1MM). Successfully lead and assume responsibility for project engineering aspects which require the assistance of other disciplines (internal and external). Provide guidance/oversight during construction phase.
Troubleshooting – Provide subject matter expertise to assist plant in troubleshooting processing issues. Evaluate new materials, equipment, and/or manufacturing methods.
Problem Solver – Resolve technical issues with practical, robust, and cost-effective solutions. Sift through conflicting information to arrive at logical conclusions. Generate improvement ideas, based on available data.
Other – Support and adhere to requirements satisfying Process Safety Management (PSM) and Food Safety programs; e.g., PHA/HAZOP, MOC/PSSR, QA/QC policies, etc.
BS Engineering (Mechanical or Chemical preferred)
10 years project management experience
5+ years Plant (Chemical, Food, Pharmaceutical) Experience
Team Player, with Excellent Communication Skills
Experience with process utility systems (boilers, chillers, HVAC, etc.).
Familiarity with mechanical design and inspection codes
Solids Processing Experience
Process Safety Management experience
Food Industry experience (SQF, HACCP, GMP, A3 Design, etc.).
Kalsec is the leading global producer of natural taste and sensory solutions, colors, food protection and hop extracts that help food and beverage companies make their products look better, taste better and last longer…naturally™. We add value to our customers’ brands by providing innovative solutions while respecting the people and planet in which we interact.
For example, how does a salsa company create a consistent salsa with the hot and spicy flavor its customers love? Often, it uses our capsicum extracts to maintain a consistent level of heat, which keeps the mild salsa mild, and Uncle Harry’s favorite spicy salsa always hot.
We help provide natural ingredient solutions to thousands of food and beverage companies. Our ingredients improve the look and taste of products on nearly every shelf at your local grocer.
We offer outstanding career opportunities for those striving to develop their talents in a family-owned, globally focused company. We nurture a culture driven by creativity, research and innovation, while respecting everyone’s desire for stability and a strong work/life balance. We focus on hiring individuals that can thrive in our environment.
...In fact, half of our employees have worked for Kalsec 10 or more years. As a privately held company, we have more than 60 years of experience focusing on the quality of our ingredients from field to fork. We know that our dedication to relationships, processes and the relentless pursuit of innovation will keep Kalsec around for the next 100 years.
Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1958, Kalsec has deep roots in the local community and we maintain high standards of corporate and environmental stewardship. Our headquarters encompasses more than 100 beautiful acres of the forested family farm originally owned by the company’s founder. Steady global expansion of our business has resulted in worldwide coverage.