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Chemical Process Engineer – Food Additives
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Chemical Process Engineer – Food additives

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA



This is a newly created position at a state of the art 10-year-old 100% controlled food additives plant in which the site has had 50+ million dollars in expansions implemented since the site was built. There are  new spray dryers coming online now to accommodate increased demand. This person will have indirect supervision of 30 employees and will train under the Plant Manager who is a chemical engineer with 20+ years in these processes. This person will report to the Plant Manager with this engineer being the change agent to improve plant processes which are primarily spray drying and secondarily packaging. This person will initiate process changes, be a key member of the management team, analyze PIE data, determine contamination issues, ensure compliance with FDA/GMP rules and train operators. This site has a large sister plant next door feeding fermented products to them. Growth potential could be to this expanding site or the nearby site.



·         B.S. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering

·         4+ years’ experience in chemical processes, API, or food additives. Spray drying is a huge plus but not required. Other pluses include controls, drying, filtration, and centrifugation.

·         Must have a track record optimizing and implementing more complex plant processes and analyzing data.

·         Must demonstrate leadership skills, have the ability to motivate people and get buy in with plant operators.


About Cedar Rapids:

·         Second largest city in Iowa, the city itself has a population of about 135,000 people and the nearby surrounding area is about 255,000 people. Is a manufacturing center within the Midwest, hope to the largest corn processing facility in the world and one of the leading locations in the US for bio-processing and food ingredient manufacturing. Overall, the area is home to about 300 manufacturing plants and two dozen Fortune 500 companies.

·         Even though Cedar Rapids is not home to any major league sports, they do have a minor league baseball team, and two nearby NCAA Division 1 schools (Iowa State and Iowa University).

·         Cedar Rapids is known as the “City of Five Seasons” – a tribute to the beauty of the changing seasons and the area’s appreciation of those different seasons.

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