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Process Engineer - East Plant - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 6, 2024

Process Engineer - East Plant - Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois


Job Description

Process Engineer- East Plant- Decatur, IL
This is a full-time, exempt level position.

Job Summary:
The Decatur East Plant is seeking a process engineer with the skills to improve and optimize our processes. Decatur East Plant produces soy protein ingredients for human and animal consumption.

As a member of the East Plant production team, this colleague will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues by utilizing engineering skills to support operational excellence and new product development efforts. This position is responsible for process improvements for production in all facets of operation through direct contributions of project development from conception though start-up utilizing engineering and performance excellence principles to operate, troubleshoot, and improve chemical and mechanical processes. It is also responsible for assisting in managing day to day operations, tracking and understanding department costs, yields, quality, and process performance.

This position provides an opportunity for a new engineer to join the plant management team and have a positive impact on the success of our nutrition business. Process engineers gain firsthand exposure to leadership of employees, equipment troubleshooting and dealing with the myriad of challenges faced routinely in a facility that operates around the clock, 365 days per year.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Identify improvement opportunities and Lead the Focused Improvement efforts in their area.
  • Identifies safety and environmental needs and requirements, and insures such considerations are included in the development and modification of facilities.
  • Analyzes existing processes for cost savings, reliability, and performance improvement opportunities.
  • Interacts with maintenance, controls, process, and quality personnel in planning for and the development of process improvements
  • Assist in day to day operations including shift coverage as needed.
  • Training and mentoring other colleagues
Minimum Job Requirements:
  • B.S. in Engineering or equivalent.
  • 2+ years of plant operations experience
  • Demonstrated problem solving
  • Good written and verbal communication skills. Most work will involve developing reports and presentations to relay results and findings to key stakeholders for further decision making. Written and verbal communication of project activities and key metrics shall be provided to managers and other stakeholders.
  • Manage personnel and work closely across company job functions.
  • Ability to look beyond the task at hand, anticipate challenges, and develop options to overcome them.
  • Gain general knowledge of codes, relevant standards, and materials/metallurgy related to equipment and processes assigned.
  • Effective interaction with multiple employees and managers to prioritize demands.
  • Continuous improvement utilizing independent judgment to solve problems and have excellent organizational skills in order to effectively handle multiple ongoing tasks.
  • Proactive participation in safety, environmental, and quality activities is expected to ensure compliance with all company policies and procedures.
  • Employee is expected to assist in developing colleagues through training, technical support mentoring, development of pilot operating equipment.
Future Assignments:
Process Engineer experience provides an outstanding foundation on which to build a career, employees advance to opportunities as Project Engineers, operations management, and our Centers of Excellence. These assignments involve increasing responsibility and the rewards that go along with it, along with possible relocation opportunities.

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.

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Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.


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