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ADM Production Engineer- Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois

Job Title:

Production Engineer- Decatur, IL



Job Description:

Production Engineer – Decatur Corn Plant, Decatur, IL

This is an exempt level position.

Job Summary:

Responsible for supervising and leading the day-to-day operations of the department and supporting Performance Excellence activities and several administrative functions for the department. This position is also responsible for process improvements for production 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, process performance and mentoring less experienced colleagues and engineers. A Production Engineer will indirectly lead 10 to 30 hourly colleagues and support the department Superintendent in areas of daily and weekly scheduling, coordination of training, as well as updating standard operating procedures. This position may work with contractor management for the completion of projects within the department.

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 (i.e., mentorship and discipline)

  • 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

  • 5-10 years of plant operations experience preferred

  • 2 – 3 years in direct supervision of people; supervisors experience in a Union environment a plus

  • 5 – 8 years’ experience in direct supervisory position 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:

  • Dust

  • Chemicals / Irritants

  • The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, and cleaners that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not accurately followed!

  • Spring / Summer: Temperatures in some areas of the facility will be up to or exceed 100 degrees. Outside temperature may also reach 100 degrees with potential for high humidity. You may be exposed to inclement weather conditions including, but not limited to, rain and wind.

  • Fall / Winter: Temperatures inside and out of the location may be at or below freezing. Outside you may face inclement weather including, freezing 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 traverse up to two (2) miles during the course of a work day.

  • 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.

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 40,000 employees serving customers in hundreds of countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 450 crop procurement locations, more than 330 food and feed ingredient manufacturing facilities, 62 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at .




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