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Senior Process Engineer

United States, Michigan, Fremont
December 08, 2023

Nestle's Research & Development Center is our regional powerhouse driving innovation in food, beverage, and pharmaceutical science. Backed by our global Nestle R&D organization, we lead breakthrough discoveries that are both good for consumers and the planet. Our team of experts range from product developers to engineers, working across our portfolio of food, beverage, infant nutrition, and health science to create leading-edge products and services. As part of our organization, you will use your entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to excellence to unlock the power of food and provide premium value.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.


The position will provide process engineering technical support to operations. In this role, the individual will plan, design, implement and manage continuous improvement systems to enhance business objectives and operational performance. This may include developing processes and procedures for manufacturing and packaging, performing validation evaluations and writing/executing validation protocols. Additional responsibilities include developing and managing data collection systems for continuous feedback to production and maintenance as well as assist with the preparation and execution of capital and expense projects.


Technical expertise and leadership in his/her area of responsibility:

  • Lead, design, install, commission and start-up as well as maintain and improve the liquid, kitchen, and aseptic process and equipment.
  • Responsible for the process engineering and improvements in the areas of Material Handling, Ingredients preparation, Receiving, CIP, Liquid & kitchen Process and aseptic process
  • Ensures compliance of process parameters and operational conditions with USDA and FDA regulations.
  • Responsible for improvement initiatives that define equipment data, equipment capabilities, utilization, efficiencies and obsolescence.
  • As subject matter expert, provide technical leadership in the areas of CIP, liquid & kitchen process, and aseptic operations.
  • Authors and reviews documents including Preventive Maintenance plans, Standard Operating Procedures, Batch Records, Material specifications, and other forms. Author and review validation and change control documents such as master plans, validation protocols, summary reports and change requests
  • Develop project justification and engineering proposals for capital credit submission.

Resolving Problems:

  • Proficient on problem solving methodologies (DMAIC, GSTD or BDA)
  • Proficient on data analysis and loss deployment

Planning and Organizing:

  • Utilizes the process to analyze available data, plan, design, and implement the best value options that result in low cost/high efficiency and renovation/innovation improvements (including the development and organization of necessary systems).
  • May own one or more Focused Improvement systems.


  • Coordinates with the Business Unit, Engineering, Maintenance, and others as necessary to provide information regarding necessary improvements to equipment / processes in order to reach targets.
  • Participates in budget preparation and capital expenditure recommendations.
  • Tracks and reports progress on departmental DMAICs, GSTD and BDA.
  • Utilizes the Management of Change process as needed.


  • Acts as Subject Matter Expert to provide assistance as necessary to the Supervisors and Training Coordinators in order for the Coordinators to provide appropriate training to employees entering the department or as needed for process changes.

All employees will support and participate in Nestle Continuous Excellence (NCE) and Total Performance Management (TPM) as a part of there job responsibility within their Business Unit or as assigned within the factory.

Employee shall follow Fremont Factory safety & environmental objectives & targets, follow the plant safety rules, report unsafe conditions immediately, report incidents immediately or by the end of the shift, maintain compliance with regulations, and refer to the Safety & Environmental Management System(s) on all related procedures and programs.


Factory Engineer


Work with Business Unit as SME regarding troubleshooting, processes, and procedures on equipment operations, and improvements. Provides technical guidance to Maintenance and operation team.


Assist with preparation of capital and expense budgets.


Bachelor degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Food Engineering or equivalent with experience in the food, beverage, or dairy industries.



  • 2+ years of engineering experience in Thermal Process, CIP or equivalent in a FDA, USDA or PMO regulated food, beverage, or dairy plant
  • 2+ years of Project Management experience.
  • Experience with UHT / Aseptic operation in a food, beverage or dairy plant
  • Experience with process control of liquid or aseptic processes
  • Knowledge on CIP systems, Hygienic engineering, food industry GMPs
  • LOTO and line break safety procedures identification and development


  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; ability to analyze data.
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to complete major projects. Ability to develop and execute validation documents.
  • Ability to schedule resources effectively so continuous improvement is not sacrificed for day to day results.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills


To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestle. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestle seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you'll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestle home.

The Nestle Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at accommodations@nestle.com or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.