Posted On: Thu Mar 23, 2017

Location: Auburn Kentucky, United States

Careers at Champion Petfoods

Processing Engineer


The Processing Engineer works with the Kitchen Team to continually optimize and improve the dry food production and Freeze Dry processes.  The candidate will support and lead existing projects and identify, prioritize and lead future projects to optimize personnel safety, food safety, and process effectiveness and efficiency. The primary focus of this position will be project management of process equipment installation, coordination, optimization as well as continuous improvement initiatives. Supports company initiatives to achieve goals and objectives set by our BAFRINO mandate and the Champion Petfoods vision “to be trusted by pet lovers worldwide.”


This position will report directly to the Kitchen Manager but will also function as a technical resource role that may be called upon by the Morinville kitchen, corporate office or various departments and/or peers across the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Familiarity with evaluation, functionality, and sanitary design and implementation of equipment.
  • Experience with process technology documentation, including process flow sheets, piping and instrumentation diagrams, process control strategies, and process specifications.
  • Experience with process technology including extrusion, mixing and blending, flow control, steam/condensate and refrigeration systems, Nitrogen/CO2 cooling/freezing methods and equipment, and CIP systems.
  • Experience with Allen Bradley PLC is required.
  • Support maintenance across the facility with process improvement, cost reduction, equipment evaluation, redesign, upgrade and installation, area layout and material flows.
  • Possesses practical working knowledge of the following:

Mass Balance Calculations

Capacity Usage Studies

Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Project Management Fundamentals

Yield Optimization

Waste Reduction

  • Provides technical assistance and support as required.
  • Helps to define risk categories and ensures appropriate prioritization.
  • Assists with 3rd party and regulatory audits as needed.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Food Process preferred).
    • Five to ten years of experience across one or more industries.
    • Design and project management experience in the Food and Beverage industry (dry pet food processing is a plus).
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership (Interpersonal, Team, and Organizational) and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge of good manufacturing processes (GMPs), Food Safety, HACCP, and Quality Controls.
  • Ability to set priorities, utilize and coordinate resources, and manage projects from start to finish with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to effectively work on a team, both as a leader and member.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Proficiency in AutoCAD is preferred.
  • All applicants must have legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • 24/7 availability may be required.
  • Willing to work any shift as necessary.
  • Travel to off-site locations may be required.

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