Senior Principal Extrusion Engineer

Company Name:
People-Capital Food Executive Search Firm
Job Title: Principal Extrusion Engineer

The Principal Extrusion Engineer responsibilities comprise the development of extrusion processing and supporting the product development, production and engineering needs by effective setting up and operation of various extrusion equipment and processes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical thought leadership for the development of extrusion capabilities across the enterprise. Work with Sales and Marketing to meet the unique needs and objectives of current and new customers. Deliver focused, technically based customer presentations Manage high level capital projects focused on business growth and the introduction of new technologies.

2. Provide technical expertise to those accountable for implementing and optimizing extrusion processes with the Supply Chain. Summarize and draw conclusions from test results leading to highly effective technical resolution of process problems. Perform productivity evaluation to determine production bottle necks leading to production optimization, capacity increase and cost reduction. Provide coaching and mentoring to plant technical and manufacturing employees in best practices of extrusion.
3. Collaborate with product development team members on the development of new extruded products. Oversee process technology development and transfer from R&D to production. Provide statistical analysis that is vital for research and development of projects. Develop new processes and tools in an efficient manner to meet given timelines.

4. Collaborate with the customer's R&D team to develop new extruded products that meet the intermediate product specs that will perform at a high level in the customer's processes. This will require understanding our process and learning the key characteristics that are critical to making the customer's process perform and meet the end product specifications.

Must maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity while embodying the tenets of "What We Stand For" and "The Basic Principles."

Must maintain the highest standards of data management by creating consistent, reliable data which will ensure accuracy and in turn, maximize the use of data and confidence in decision making.

All employees are responsible for upholding the principles of SQF 2000.

All employees are responsible for immediately reporting any food safety, food quality or plant security issues to management for appropriate action.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor of Science or MS in Engineering or Food Science; 7 to 10 years related experience and/or training with extrusion technologies. Food processing knowledge and previous drying experience is required.

Other Skills and Abilities
Excellent technical knowledge of extrusion processes, materials and drying
Highly developed problem solving skills
Able to influence others and solicit cooperation cross functionally
Excellent communication skills with special emphasis on verbal and written
Knowledge of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes
Minimum 7 years of experience in food applications
Minimum 5 years technical experience in pasta or snack extrusion
Experience in starch and starch derivatives
Demonstrated understanding and ability for customer focus and innovation
Ability to understand a wide variety of product and process technologies
Outstanding interpersonal and team work skills at all levels and with customer organizations
Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, standard deviation, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and preferably experience in TIMEX an Internet software; Enterprise Resource Planning software; and MS Project Management software.

Other Qualifications
Travel up to 25%

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