Cargill Plant Engineer - Milwaukee, WI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Plant Engineer - Milwaukee, WI

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


The Project Engineer II is responsible for executing capital and expense projects using the appropriate project management tools including PDP/PPM/Build and Project Management Guidelines. This involves leading and managing the full life cycle of the project from scope evaluation to funds request to execution, start-up and closeout. This position will be responsible for process design work, project scope development, bid package development and contract negotiations, equipment and instrumentation selection, installation, contractor management, commissioning and startup as well as development and adherence to project budget and schedule for multiple capital projects on a plant-wide basis. This position may also be responsible for mentoring, coaching and developing Project Engineer I, Associate engineers and engineering intern/coop students. The Project Engineer II will provide engineering support for their Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate North America location and may support other CCCNA locations.

Principal Accountabilities

25% Develop options to achieve project objectives. Develop capital budget, schedule, operating costs, and benefits for each option. Perform financial analysis on each option and select best option. Write commitment and project charter for funding approval

20% Process engineering including P&ID development, system throughput calculations and equipment selection, mass/material balance, and energy/utility calculations. Work with engineering firms and vendors to complete above as needed

15% Detailed design engineering and bid package development, principally through the use of a consulting engineering firm and/or vendor engineering

15% Construction management, insuring adherence with safety requirements, schedule, and capital budget

10% Commissioning and start-up support to operations

10% Assist operations with troubleshooting, problem solving and optimization

5% Mentor and coach project engineers\

  • (% may differ depending on number of direct reports)



  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical, Mechanical, Biosystems Engineering or other engineering discipline that has a strong foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass/material balance and process design or demonstrated relevant experience and a technical degree may be considered in special circumstances.

  • 5 years (or more) of industrial experience.

  • High levels of organization, communication and documentation skills required to be successful.

  • Working knowledge of food safety and EH&S requirements.

  • Awareness level knowledge of contracting strategies (stipulated sum, EPSA, T&M, etc.)

  • Experience with commitment system for funds requests.


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical, Mechanical, Biosystems Engineering or other engineering discipline that has a strong foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass/material balance and process design

  • Cargill’s Construction Project Management course, RCA training, food safety training, OSHA 30-hour construction training

  • 3 years (or more) of experience in project engineering and/or operations supervision. Experience outside of project engineering is a plus, such as operations and maintenance; preferably in a food plant.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of one or more Cocoa & Chocolate core processes

  • Demonstrated ability to execute projects (nominally $1MM or more) successfully.

  • Knowledge of Cocoa & Chocolate and/or Cargill Project Management Practices.

  • Working knowledge of Cargill PDP, PPM and Build processes.

  • Demonstrated project controls skills including scope and budget management as well as schedule development and execution.

  • Knowledge of the SAP ERP system

  • Basic awareness of food safety, AE&I, GMP, MOC, NFPA, and NEC.

  • Understanding of Reliability Excellence

  • Demonstrated understanding of several of the key cocoa and chocolate processing unit operations such as roasters, grinders, refining, conching, molding, etc.

  • Understanding of Sanitary Design

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-WI-Milwaukee

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: MIL01098