Processing Engineer
Job Opportunity at Shearer's Foods

Posted on Feb 24

Location: Massillon, OH
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4143193


The Processing Engineer SME, Extruded & Popcorn position is responsible for the efficient production of high quality snack food products in a continuous, improvement-based environment, while also creating and maintaining a safe work environment.  This is to be accomplished through effective leadership, coaching and development of individuals.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Processing Engineer Subject Matter Expert, Extruded & Popcorn position is accountable for the efficient production of high quality snack food products that are made on single screw extruders and popcorn processes. Full understanding of theory of operation of single screw extruders and popcorn process is essential to this role. Application of continuous improvement processes and leading and developing team members are also essential.


Provide technical knowledge, direction, education, and assistance in the production and processing of high quality snack food products

  • Ensures that behaviors, practices and the work environment supports a safe workplace by enforcing safety and sanitation rules and principles
  • Ensures and monitors product quality, product consistency, and production efficiency throughout the Shearer’s network
  • Creates and utilizes standard work processes to ensure repeatable performance
  • Utilizes metrics/data to evaluate and improve work processes
  • Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions
  • Observes work equipment and product to ensure that employees conform to production and processing standards
  • Inspects product to determine if production standards and goals are being met and then takes necessary actions if standards and goals are off base
  • Provides technical knowledge and assistance to R&D activities


Leads and Develops Team Members

  • Coaches team members on a daily basis in the principles of effective production
  • Leads the team through an emphasis on both production and people
  • Communicates effectively with employees through both oral and written means
  • Conducts employee training to improve employees’ expertise and knowledge in equipment operations, work safety procedures, and teamwork, or assigns employee training to experienced workers
  • Provides feedback to employees on individual performance standards in a timely and efficient manner
  • Builds rapport and collaborative relationships across cross-functional teams



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Develops personal, technical, and problem solving capability to troubleshoot and resolve equipment, process, and work environment issues
  • Ability to develop standard work
  • Knowledge of basic and advanced methods of training and coaching individuals and groups
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to work within an integrated operating enterprise
  • Ability to manage hourly team members in executing complex programs
  • Ability to work a variable schedule
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities consistent with the essential duties and responsibilities


Education and Work Experience

  • 2 year technical degree or 4 year bachelor’s degree in engineering or science is preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in food processing with substantial focus on single screw extruder corn and rice base processing (American Extrusion, Maddox, Wenger, etc.) including hands on processing, troubleshooting, and  R&D
  • Experience working with popcorn and pellet type products a plus
  • Experience with implementing standard work
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