Engineering Supervisor

Blair, NE
May 08, 2017
May 22, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Engineering Supervisor-BLA01195 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


Position Purpose

The Engineering Supervisor has responsibility for engineering resource and talent management as well as responsibility for leading project teams and executing capital projects.

This position directly manages other members of the engineering team in Blair. The position has accountability for performance management, talent development and overall team engagement for those direct reports. The role will develop tools and practices to standardize and continuously improve engineering activities on site.

This position is also accountable for the development and execution of capital projects. Responsibilities include developing project scope, schedule, budget, resource needs and operating financials. This position is responsible for managing all personnel and tasks involved in project management from project development to start-up including construction and commissioning activities.

Principal Accountabilities

Train, develop, and coach direct reports. Assess performance of direct reports and conduct performance discussions. Identify development opportunities and write development plans for each direct report. Allocates resources to successfully complete projects per site priorities and participate in the development of talent pipeline planning at the facility.

Defines and is accountable for project objectives and facilitates interaction with project sponsor and stakeholders to ensure alignment of project objectives. Defines viable alternatives to meet project objectives. Develops capital budget, schedule, scope, operating costs, resource needs, and benefits for each option. Performs financial analysis on each viable option and selects best option. Writes commitment and charter for funding approval if appropriate. Fully utilize Project Management Guidelines, PDP, Build, and PPM processes as needed to properly execute project. Generate project reports as needed to track costs and schedule. Develop, review and award bid packages for labor and equipment including contract negotiations in cooperation with Procurement and Cargill Law.

Develops tools, reporting mechanisms, and training to measure and assess project performance, standardize that performance, and continuously improve engineering activities at the site.

Work with operations to identify opportunities and support troubleshooting or resolution of plant issues.

Other duties as assigned.

If selected for an interview, you will be required to submit signed copies of your last two performance reviews. (A completed e-PMP is considered a signed copy.)



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

  • Minimum 5 years of project engineering and/or operations supervision.

  • Minimum 2 years of performance reviews, people management.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, coach and delegate.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with multifunctional teams and personnel.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Knowledge of project scheduling techniques.

  • Working knowledge of food safety and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) requirements.

  • Demonstrated high levels of organization, communication and documentation skills.

  • Motivation and ability to execute projects/tasks in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives/projects and communicate goals, objectives and accomplishments to a broad audience.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence others.

  • Awareness of project management practices (PDP, PPM, Build, and PMG).

  • Knowledge of accounting systems.

  • Awareness of standards, codes and specifications.

  • Ability to adapt and learn in a changing work environment.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Microsoft Office Suite experience.

  • Demonstrated strong problem-solving and analytical skills.


  • Previous Supervisory Experience.

  • Experience outside of project engineering is a plus such as operations, Manufacturing Technology, or maintenance.

  • Cargill's Construction Project Management course, food safety training, Build Academy completion or relevant previous project experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute large projects (nominally $5MM or more) or to manage a portfolio of projects ($2MM or more) successfully.

  • Experience/Knowledge of PPM, PDP, and Build processes for full rigor projects. Facilitation of Project Workshops is a plus.

  • Demonstrated project controls skills for budget management and schedule development and execution.

  • Working knowledge of Project Scheduling Software.

  • Demonstrated competencies in several of the key chemical processing unit operations such as evaporation, heat exchange, ion exchange, drying, etc.

  • Basic competencies in energy pinch analysis, food safety, Automation, Electrical & Instrumentation (AE&I), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B31.3 piping design, American Petroleum Institute (API) 650 tank construction, Management of Change (MOC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and National Electric Code (NEC).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-NE-Blair

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job