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If you’re driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestlé is the place for you. Nestlé USA is one of seven operating companies that make up Nestlé’s presence in the United States. We’re in 97% of American homes, and as the leading food and beverage company, our goals are to continue to deliver quality food and beverage products, strengthen our local communities, and reduce our environmental and climate impact.


We’re determined to challenge the status quo and be better tomorrow than we are today. As individuals and teams, we embrace our entrepreneurial culture and have created a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is expected, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day. Here, you will find limitless opportunities to learn and advance your career and feel empowered to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Because our focus is not only on nourishing our customers, but also about enriching you.


This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.


LOCATION: Solon, OH (Greater Cleveland), OR Anderson, IN (Indianapolis Area) OR or within close driving distance of a Nestle USA Midwest Factory


TRAVEL: up to 70%


The Senior Process Engineering Expert within Capital Projects will be responsible for leading and managing process engineering projects within our organization as well as process operational improvements. This role will involve overseeing the design, optimization, and implementation of process engineering solutions, ensuring adherence to project timelines, budgets, and quality standards. The Senior Process Engineering Expert will also play a key leadership role, mentoring and guiding junior engineers, operations and collaborating with cross-functional teams to drive operational excellence and achieve project objectives.


1.    Lead and manage process engineering projects, either in capital execution or ongoing manufacturing continuous improvement, ensuring the successful execution and delivery of project objectives including people and process safety input.
2.    Provide technical expertise and guidance to the engineering team, supporting the design, optimization, and troubleshooting of processes.
3.    Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including R&D, operations, and quality assurance, to drive process optimization and operational excellence.
4.    Develop and implement project plans, including scope, schedule, budget, and resource allocation, ensuring adherence to project timelines and deliverables.
5.    Identify areas of improvement and develop technical scope of work (PFD’s, P&ID’s, Layouts, Equipment Specifications, Functional Descriptions, etc) for defined projects in capital or continuous improvement.
6.    Lead design, bid, project submission/approval, procurement, installation, training, commissioning, and startup/handover while ensuring compliance to budget, schedule and performance expectations.
7.    Conduct feasibility studies for Process Safety and Project risk assessments, identifying potential issues and implementing mitigation strategies.
8.    Lead and participate in process improvement initiatives, utilizing tools and methodologies such as Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and Root Cause Analysis supporting operation improvements.
9.    Collaborate with internal and external partners, vendors, and suppliers to evaluate and implement new technologies, equipment, and processes and provide technical feedback to design (for product, ingredient or packaging) to improve standards and solutions.
10.    Monitor project progress, track key performance indicators, and implement corrective actions as necessary to ensure project, start-up and operations success.
11.    Support planning and execution of validation and verification of IQ/OQ/PQ activities including CIP, CCP, and OPRP
12.    Prepare and present project status reports, including progress updates, budget analysis, and risk assessments, to senior management and key stakeholders.


Leadership Responsibilities:
1.    Provide leadership and guidance to the engineering team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.
2.    Mentor and develop junior engineers, providing technical support, training, and opportunities for growth.
3.    Collaborate with cross-functional teams, effectively communicating and influencing stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
4.    Lead by example, promoting a culture of safety, quality, and operational excellence.
5.    Make informed decisions, considering the impact on project objectives and aligning with the company’s strategic goals.
6.    Work closely with Product Characteristics Group and Research to develop personal technical expertise and process mastership at the factory.
7.    Coach and build capabilities among all levels in the factory from operators to mechanics to process owners.
8.    Mentor and guide junior engineers, providing technical support, training, and professional development opportunities.


•    Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering.  Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred.  Advanced degree is a plus.


•    Minimum of 10 years of experience in process engineering, preferably in product/ingredient transformation processes or design firm.



•    Strong technical expertise in process optimization, design, and troubleshooting.
•    Proven experience in leading and managing process engineering projects, ensuring adherence to project timelines, budgets, and quality standards.
•    In-depth knowledge of process engineering principles, methodologies, and best practices.
•    Proficiency in utilizing tools and methodologies such as PHA, PSSR, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and Root Cause Analysis.
•    Excellent leadership and team management skills, with the ability to mentor and guide junior engineers.
•    Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and external partners.
•    Demonstrated ability to make informed decisions, considering project objectives and aligning with strategic goals.
•    Commitment to continuous learning and staying updated with industry trends and advancements in process engineering.

•    Knowledgeable in food product manufacturing including thermal process requirements, ingredient handling systems, control systems, CIP, heat and mass transfer, drying, dry mixing, pneumatic product transport, filling, packaging and validation procedures preferred.

•    Ability to develop sequence of operations for controls automation is a plus.

•    Ability to work off-hours and weekends/holidays as needed.


Employee must support and comply with all Nestlé programs and policies, including, affirmative action goals and commitments, SHE (Safety, Health & Environment) strategies, corporate citizenship initiatives, NCE (Nestle Continuous Excellence), TPM (Total Performance Management), GMP’s (Good Manufacturing Practices) and Safety Policies to ensure employee safety and product quality.  Employee must meet all requirements related to NQMS (Nestle Quality Management System) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards for Quality, Food Safety, Environmental Compliance and Occupational Health and Safety.


The approximate pay range for this position is $147,000 to $198,000. Please note that the pay range provided is a good faith estimate for the position at the time of posting. Final compensation may vary based on factors including but not limited to knowledge, skills and abilities as well as geographic location. Learn more at About Us | Nestlé Careers (nestlejobs.com)Learn more at About Us | Nestlé Careers (nestlejobs.com)

Nestlé offers performance-based incentives and a competitive total rewards package, which includes a 401k with company match, healthcare coverage and a broad range of other benefits.  Incentives and/or benefit packages may vary depending on the position.

It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.


To our veterans and separated service members, you’re at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé. 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.  Nestlé seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé home.