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Process Engineer

St. Paul, MN

Position Overview

The Process Engineer plays a key role in the successful execution of projects. Reporting to the Senior Project Manager, this individual will provide technical and engineering excellence, as well as successful delivery of work to our customers. The Process Engineer is responsible for a high level of customer satisfaction by ensuring expectations are clearly communicated and managed – both externally and internally. The successful candidate will also contribute to a dynamic team environment by being proactive, and modeling a highly collaborative working environment. Depending on experience, this person may also actively support the business development process, through the writing of proposals and meeting with prospective and current customers.

Typical Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Prepares engineering documents and equipment specifications to meet contracted scope of work and to ensure code compliance.
• Performs engineering calculations, mass & energy balance.
• Conducts process safety analysis, including relief valve calculations and relief system design.
• Conducts hydraulic analysis of complex systems.
• Develops control schematics for integrated processes.
• Develops PFD’s and P&ID’s.
• Manages the integration of complex vendor processes into overall plant design.
• Develops estimates for assigned scope of work, and is accountable for ensuring we stay within scope.
• Assures that assigned work complies with KFI quality requirements and performs quality review of others work.
• May serve as project manager for complete multi-discipline projects, when assigned.
• Provides work direction to other team members, including contractors and subcontractors, as assigned.
• Provides technical and engineering support to other departments/disciplines.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

The successful candidate will have a pragmatic and applied approach, while at the same time bringing a creative examination of customer needs and solutions.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated a strong proficiency in process and utilities system design in their core discipline. Ideally, the person filling this position will have strong experience in agri-business projects, plant operations and/or manufacturing facilities. Experience with design and/or operation of fermentation based chemical processes is strongly preferred. This person will have strong interpersonal skills to enable effective interaction with Designers, Engineers and Project Managers. This person possesses strong communication skills, and influencing skills, and has demonstrated the maturity and self-confidence to work effectively with colleagues and customers. The level of seasoning we are looking for likely comes with 7 to 15 years of experience following graduation.
The successful candidate will be naturally collaborative, and possess the ability to assimilate a range of ideas, programs or alternatives into a set of recommendations. This person will be self-directed, but thrive in an environment where consultation leads to superior outcomes.
Additional qualifications the successful candidate will possess include:
• Effective meeting management skills.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Adaptable and agile, responsive to quick changes in direction.
• Proficient in process simulation software (ChemCAD).
• Proficient in systems hydraulic software (AFT Fathom, AFT Arrow).

Key Performance Characteristics

Understanding the Business
• Knows the business and the mission-critical technical and functional skills needed to do the job; understands the “KFI way” – our Mission, Vision and processes. Learns new methods and technologies easily.

Getting Organized
• Is well organized and resourceful; effective and efficient at marshaling multiple resources to get things done; lays out tasks in sufficient detail to mark the trail; is able to get things done with less and in less time; can work on multiple tasks at once without losing track; foresees and plans around obstacles.

Focusing on Action and Outcomes
• Attacks everything with drive and energy with an eye on the bottom line; not afraid to initiate action before all the facts are known; drives to finish everything he/she starts.

Focusing on the Customer
• Identifies and anticipates customer requirements, expectations, and needs. Creates systems and processes that make it easy for customers to do business with the company. Ensures that customer issues are resolved.

Communicating Effectively
• Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.

Influencing Others
• Ensures that proposals or arguments are supported by strong logic and a compelling business case, addressing all relevant factors. Identifies the agendas, concerns, and motivations of others.

Builds Relationships
• Treats people with respect; relates well to people regardless of their organization level, personality, or background. Encourages others to express their views, even those contrary to current thinking.


Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering is required, plus a minimum of 7 years working experience.


Recognizing the importance of this position to KFI, a competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

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