Nelson & Associates Recruiting & Outplacement    email:

P.O. Box 2686 Kirkland, WA. 98083    (425) 418-4035



Project Manager - Process Engineer

This professional engineering position will lead, direct, and coordinate Value Stream process development and optimization activities across the supply chain by engaging team members and developing procedures, training, equipment, and processing techniques. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

Overall accountability to support the installation and on-going optimization of the extrusion based processes within the Moses Lake facility. This will be done by working closely with management and the shop floor to investigate and resolve root cause problems and issues inhibiting the performance of processes and products.

Accountable for overall leadership or support of capital improvement projects including the development of project requirements, project justification, equipment flow sheets and process line layouts.  Also accountable for new equipment startup, operator training, written operating procedures and specifications, and process conformance to justification criteria.

Must foster an environment of continuous improvement through the use of lean principles; demonstrate an ability to lead and develop teams that can work together to identify waste and collaboratively work to eliminate it.

Organize and conduct Design of Experiments to determine equipment process and packaging capabilities and efficiencies.  Use statistical analysis to help identify equipment limitations and/or areas for improvement.  Write and lead all test requests that will be executed on the processing or packaging lines.

Education and/or Experience  

Bachelor of Science degree from four-year College or university in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering; MS in a related science preferred and 3 to 5 years process engineering experience.  Food processing knowledge and/or previous drying experience is preferred.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, standard deviation, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and preferably experience in TIMEX an Internet software; Enterprise Resource Planning software; and MS Project Management software.

Other Skills and Abilities

Emphasis and experience in advanced thermodynamics, fluid mechanics is a plus.  Experience in Lean Manufacturing principles is a plus.

Other Qualifications

Out of state travel up to 25%

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; risk of radiation and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.