Cargill Senior Reliability Engineer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Senior Reliability Engineer

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 Senior Reliability Engineer is responsible to lead the reliability engineering function within the Cocoa & Chocolate NA (CCNA) Business Operations and Supply Chain & Manufacturing Excellence team. The individual will be responsible to identify, lead and execute regional business reliability engineering initiatives. This position is responsible for driving the improvement of the regional business maintenance and reliability (M&R) processes and value creation through leading and supporting the overall reliability engineering strategy along with defect elimination activities.

The role develops and manages the design, installation and operational specification standards for mechanical and structural systems for the regional business to align with Cargill corporate standards and the global Cocoa & Chocolate (CCC) group. This involves assisting other functional leaders in long-term planning, capital project engineering and technical talent development.

This position is a key leader in creating and managing change in the Reliability Engineering function for the business to optimize overall reliability within the organization via tools such as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Bad Actor Analysis, Failure Modes Effect Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, Loss Elimination, etc.

This position is based in Milwaukee, WI. Candidates based in or around Minneapolis, MN will also be considered.

Principal Accountabilities

50% Reliability Engineering Domain Application

  • Lead and develop the reliability engineering function within the region to drive asset health improvement and production process stability Execute BU Maintenance & Reliability strategy and provide technical leadership across the region

  • Develops and implements best practices and strategies for asset reliability improvement in alignment with value creation & cost savings goals set by the CCNA Manufacturing Excellence team

  • Drives consistent application of RCMs / RCAs and ensures consistent follow up.

  • Leads asset health improvement processes and asset health initiatives.

  • Responsible for the identification and delivery of the enterprise value creation through Reliability Engineering

  • Owns the Bad Actor identification, quantification and elimination process

35% Best Practice Governance & Application

  • Leads and sustains best practice governance process for asset reliability and equipment maintenance strategies within the region

  • Utilizes leadership and expertise in the principles of Root Cause Analysis and Reliability Centered Maintenance to create an environment of continuous, aggressive defect elimination program that drives asset reliability improvement.

  • Conducts reliability sustainability assessments and follow up actions. Share / implement RE best practices across the CCNA facilities and the CCC Group

  • Provides knowledge, skill and experience to develop reliability engineering function knowledge within location supervisors and managers

15% Capital Project & Technical Governance

  • Interfaces directly with the project engineering team on reliability build deliverables to ensure reliability principles are applied on projects on site.

  • Provide technical knowledge and support on design, reliability engineering and commissioning of large capital projects within the region

  • Approve mechanical and reliability aspects of technical reviews for capital projects within PDP process

  • Lead and/or support development of build, operate and maintain standards for mechanical and structural assets

  • Provide input to Cargill Strategic Sourcing to optimize reliability improvements for equipment classes and types

This position is posted internally as well as externally

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial Engineering or other technical discipline.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing production, maintenance, engineering or project management.

  • Project management skills and the ability to work within and improve upon processes / systems.

  • Demonstrated knowledge / working understanding of manufacturing and operational processes.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (including the ability to present information to a formal group).

  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems using formal techniques to evaluate systems, equipment, and failures.

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering costs savings through process optimization and working through others.

  • Experience using Reliability Centered Maintenance techniques, Root Cause Analysis, and Predictive Maintenance technologies. (E.g. Vibration analysis, infrared, acoustic emissions, tribology, etc.) to create a proactive work environment that is focused on continuous improvement at best cost.

  • Ability to travel approximately 20% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification.

  • Qualification on Predictive Maintenance Technologies.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-WI-Milwaukee

Other Locations US-MN-Minneapolis

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: MIL01060