Project/Process Engineer (Food Plant)

Company Name Edesia Nutrition (view profile)
Location North Kingstown
Date Posted January 3, 2023
Job Type Full-time



Edesia is a nonprofit, social enterprise on a mission to end malnutrition globally. Since we opened our doors in 2010 we have reached over 17 million children across 60 countries with the life-saving foods we make 24 hours a day here in Rhode Island in partnership with UNICEF, World Food Progamme and USAID. Our dedicated team of over 100, hails from over 26 countries. Every day we work together to reach children caught in humanitarian crises all over the world and need mission-driven, energetic, passionate, problem solvers to join our team.


The Project/Process Engineer position plays a key role within the organization specifically in the areas of: engineering project management, support and continuous improvement. The primary function of this position is to ensure engineering projects meet expected outcomes in regard to project safety, deliverables, budgets, timing, and communications. In addition, the Project/Process Engineer will serve as a project manager for several of the engineering-related projects associated with the multi-phase expansion project. The Project/Process Engineer will lead the organization’s continual search for, and implementation of, continuous improvement projects.


The Project/Process Engineer will:

  • Lead and manage process design and project implementation from concept through validation and turnover to manufacturing.
  • Primary Design Responsibilities Include:
    • Lead in Research and Devolvement of new projects as well as modifications to existing systems. Participate in all R&D plans & test runs, reports results when applicable
    • Engineer, design, and develop company projects taking into consideration space allocation, design fit for future equipment and process systems and optimization of existing manufacturing and building support systems
    • Perform preliminary project cost and payback analysis
    • Develop P & IDs, mass flow diagrams and sequences of operation
    • Specify, size and select new process equipment
    • Perform SME sanitary design review of existing systems as well proposed new machines and process systems
    • Develop engineering deliverables for construction, as appropriate, including plans, details, schedules and specifications. Lead cross-department design reviews
    • Oversee, review and approve the design work of contracted engineering consultants, vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s)
    • Review and approve vendor/OEM submittals, including shop drawings, schematics, cut-sheets and products/materials
    • Assure that engineering record documents are completed and turned over, to the appropriate stakeholders, at the conclusion of each project, including P&ID’s, drawings, sequences of operation, test and material certifications and operation & maintenance (O&M) manuals
    • Partners with appropriate teams to investigate and troubleshoot any manufacturing problems that arise with processes, procedures, and operations of new and existing company systems.


  • Primary Project Management Responsibilities Include:
    • Develop the scope of work and narrative for each project
    • Develop the overall Project Schedule, including phasing and key milestones. Develop the Project Budget. Maintain and update the project schedule and monitor the project budget as the project progresses
    • Lead project meetings with the project stakeholders. Provide regular/periodic updates relative to the project schedule and budget. Identify deviations and develop recovery plans
    • Coordinate and schedule internal resources required to implement projects
    • Develop bid packages and solicit contractor/vendor proposals. Select contractors/vendors and issue subcontracts/purchase orders. Schedule, coordinate, onboard/orient and oversee the work of contractors and vendors, assuring that the project schedule is maintained
    • Develop the project Startup & Commissioning Plan. Lead, schedule and coordinate the project startup and commissioning. Coordinate documentation, testing and project hand-off requirements with the Quality/Validation Groups


Education requirements:

  • BS Engineering Degree in one of the following: Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, Packaging, Chemical or Materials Engineering
  • OSHA certification

Skills / Experience:

  • Minimum 4-7 years of engineering experience in industrial process and process systems
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills based on proven data and root cause analysis
  • Direct experience with manufacturing facilities safety and quality programs
  • Direct experience with both managing a project team and working inter-departmentally.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide complex and innovative solutions to process engineering problems and challenges
  • Computer proficiency in software applications/environments (AutoCAD) required for analyzing, monitoring, costing, and reporting. (Microsoft Office)
  • Proficient oral and written skills
  • Proven history of results orientation including ability to meet aggressive program deliverables, experience working with all teams within the organization
  • Experience with a continuous process discipline such as Six Sigma/Lean/TQM manufacturing environment preferred


  • Experience in a hands-on project management role (working leader)
  • Having a genuine interest in how things work (details) i.e. curiosity
  • Ability to identify impacts of actions and nonactions


Multiple working environments; occasionally works in production area. High utilization of office equipment, phone, computer, etc.…

The requirements described are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.


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