Principal Project Manager

3 days left

Plymouth, MN
Mar 13, 2017
May 29, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Principal Project Manager-PLY00385 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 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. Learn more at


Engineering R&D (EngRD) is a global group that develops innovative process technologies, and that works with existing Cargill and customer facilities to improve their economic and environmental performance. It provides Cargill businesses and customers with novel products and services, distinctive value and growth opportunities. EngRD supports manufacturing activities around the world, and across the full breadth of Cargill, from new-to-the-world food ingredients, through complex bio-refineries processing of corn, wheat or soya, to industrial applications.

The incumbent of this position will manage multi-disciplinary project teams that develop & transfer new-product and new-process technologies on behalf of Cargill business unit clients. Responsibilities include project leadership, project planning and execution, project control and business results. Specific job responsibilities will vary with project assignments, but will include the accountabilities listed below.

Principal Accountabilities:

50% -
Project Management: Leads integrated project management on high-cost and high-risk technology-driven multidisciplinary projects through planning, resource allocation, milestone definition, and budget management. Assure adequate resources are engaged to deliver technical success by providing mentorship, coaching and development as appropriate. Prepare detailed technical reports for the project team and the business clients.

40% - Technology Delivery: Technology development and technology transfer components of projects, with emphasis on the transition from lab-scale demonstration to commercial startup of new-to-Cargill manufacturing technology. Coordinate technical development with business-case development, regulatory review, engineering design/construction, and plant startup activities of the integrated project team. Apply existing systems and best practices to insure capture of innovation and protection of intellectual property related to process and product technology advances.

10% - Safety and Environmental: Insure safety awareness and adherence to Cargill safety policies for laboratory, piloting, tolling, and commercial startup activities. Take a proactive role in developing safety initiatives, programs, and training for project staff and contractors. Work to understand and promote environmental awareness and adherence to all regulations and standards.



  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or closely related discipline with 9 or more years of professional engineering experience OR
    a minimum of 7 years of professional experience with an Masters in Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or closely related discipline.

  • Strong practical understanding of fundamental Chemical Engineering principles (e.g. material balances, transport phenomena, chemical kinetics) and experience applying on innovative technology projects.

  • Demonstrated experience with Intellectual Property management.

  • Demonstrated experience in decision making and conflict resolution.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience leading multidisciplinary project teams.

  • Demonstrated experience leading the commercialization of innovative manufacturing process technologies.


  • M.S. in Chemical Engineer or Chemistry or closely related discipline
  • Prior technology leadership role in Plant Operations or Plant Engineering environment.
  • Experience supporting business case development.
  • Experience with staff development.
  • Experience with food/feed/fermentation technologies and manufacturing processes.
  • Prior involvement in environmental, health, and/or safety initiatives.
  • Certified as Project Management Professional through PMI
  • Experience managing projects through Gate Review and Capital Approval processes.
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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Primary Location US-MN-Plymouth

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

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