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Sr. Site Engineer

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Location: Bolingbrook, IL, United States

Job Function: Operations

Req Number: 496

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We are a global leader in food & beverage ingredients. Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable and transparent supply. Supplying products and ingredients at scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious and nutritious products. With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices so they can create naturally good food & beverage products that meet consumer expectations. And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real. 
Position Summary  
Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Senior Site Engineer is responsible for technical and engineering functions across the site, including operational performance of equipment, process engineering support, delivery of continuous improvement, asset management/maintenance, utility oversight and project management for capital investment. This position will support all activities related to procurement of spare parts, engineering store, and inventory of parts. In addition, the Senior Site Engineer will negotiate requests for equipment, supplies, and services from suppliers and subcontractors. They will develop and lead detailed execution plans for projects with team members and will execute the plans within budget by organizing and controlling project elements to ensure Right First Time (RFT). 
Position Responsibilities 
  • Partner with the operations team to ensure equipment performance and to identify and implement continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Provide effective and efficient technical administrative and coordination services to the team to help resolve issues.
  • Study current machines, utility designs, and layout to find opportunities for process and engineering improvements.
  • Directly oversee maintenance department staff in their daily responsibilities.
  • Troubleshoot equipment performance or issues affecting operation down to a component level to support maintenance team.
  • Develop and deliver operational, technical, and engineering training of critical machines and equipment.
  • Update and maintain technical documentation
  • Develop and support programs to manage the maintenance and upkeep of existing assets.
  • Maintain product and company reputation by complying with all regulatory and statutory regulations.
  • Determine project specifications by studying product design, requirements, and performance standards.
  • Prepare status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends and recommending action items.
  • Reviews quotes from contractors, prepare cost estimates and Capex proposals.
  • Develop appropriate project schedules by studying project plan and specifications.
  • Manage project costs by monitoring expenditures and maintain project database by entering and backing up all data. Identify areas for improvement and risk.
  • Monitor energy consumption and maintain accurate records to carry out energy data analysis and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Manage Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across the site to track changes and drive long term sustained improvements.
  • Provide specialized skills in support of capital project implementation and administration.
  • Develop and recommend energy optimization cost saving techniques and measures to achieve reduction in expenditures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements  
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required. Five (5) years of equivalent experience will be accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in food processing, agriculture, chemical or pharmaceutical is required. Candidates substituting experience in lieu of degree must have a total of fifteen (15) years of applicable experience.
  • Advanced analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills are required.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with superb organizational skills are required.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks accurately and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment is required.
  • Good working knowledge of regulatory, legislative, and business environments is required.
  • Demonstrated current knowledge of environmental and sustainability initiatives for food business and ability to implement innovative solutions.
  • Ability to critically analyze new and existing designs to generate cost reductions is required.
  • Working knowledge of ERP tools as they relate to maintenance/asset management is required.
  • Excellent leadership skills, including diplomacy, teamwork, relationship building, and coordinative skills is required; must be able to work with diverse team across geographies.
  • Ability to influence and manage other internal customers and external suppliers/contractors to ensure the timely success of the project is required.
  • Ability to build and nurture relationships with key influencers and groups across the organization is required.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical disciplines, production personnel and executives, both internal and external is required.
  • Microsoft Office Suite skills are required; intermediate skills in Excel are required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel is required, travel to alternate manufacturing facilities on an as needed basis for the business will be required, less than 10% of the time.
Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. 
ofi provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us for support at: [email protected] 
At ofi, we celebrate our diversity. Olam Americas, LLC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.