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Dairy Processing Engineer


Date: Jul 17, 2019

Location: Dallas, TX, US

Company: DANONE


Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Danone North America is looking for a Manager, Process Engineer to be based in our Dallas We are looking for a Dairy Processing Engineer in our Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas manufacturing plant locations.


POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Dairy Processing Engineer effectively supports all current manufacturing processes and works with business stakeholders to design and implement new processes and equipment to improve efficiency, food quality, and food safety.  This position develops Preliminary Design presentations for Project evaluation and securing approval. Interfaces with all levels of plant and corporate personnel, contractors, suppliers, marketing, Research & Innovation, QA and legal departments and practices sound technical, communication and negotiation skills that ensure the successful implementation of process improvement project scope and budget.



  • Extensive process knowledge in Dairy beverage and cultured products, Batching/Blending, HTST (High Temperature Short Time), HHST (Higher Heat Shorter Time), UHT (Ultra High Temperature), Centrifugal Separators, UF (Ultra-Filtration), Homogenizers, 3A, FDA, PMO
  • Expertise in Equipment and piping cleaning and sanitation:  CIP, COP, SIP, Sterilization, Disinfection
  • Understand and document current processes, identify areas for improvement, develop solutions for future states including automation, where applicable, and implement sustaining improvements
  • Optimize current processes to meet all customer, regulatory, and internal requirements
  • Proficient in visual communication of relevant information to Operations, including the reporting of historical events / trends to support root cause analysis and continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated Project Management experience in placing new equipment and processes into operation is required
  • Must practice proven decision-making skills, working effectively under pressure and possessing the integrity to make the right decisions
  • Responsible for the overall project budget inclusive of managing accurate cash flow through purchase orders and invoice receiving using SAP
  • Utilize contracted resources to ensure the correct expertise is fully utilized to achieve project scope
  • Effective in delegating project tasks ensuring that key project initiatives/objectives, scope, budget and timelines are uninterrupted and met
  • Develop relationships and solicit input into process improvement design considerations from key technical resources, plant operations managers, supervisors, maintenance personnel, and operators to facilitate the seamless process improvement project implementation into operation
  • Proficient in Material and Services procurement skills including developing Requests for Proposals (RFP), negotiating contracts (performance guarantees, payment terms, etc.), creating Purchase Orders, and receiving invoices using SAP
  • Development of internal policies, procedures, documentation and facilitating training on current and new processes across the organization 
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Solid engineering technical base refined with broad corporate and plant experience
  • Yogurt processing [Set Type, Stirred Type, and Drink Type], including starter injection, Pasteurization, Homogenization, De-aeration, HHST Treatment, Flavoring, Cooling,
  • Strong knowledge of plant operations, utilities, maintenance, and Dairy Beverage and Yogurt processing [including raw ingredient storage, ingredient delivery, batching (ingredient incorporation), Processing (Sterilization), and Clean-In-Place (CIP) equipment and methods]
  • Possess an intuitive, common sense approach to addressing technical opportunities
  • Facilitate process feasibility studies and plant operations impact studies, including completion of design concepts, plant layouts, and capital estimates
  • Develop process engineering documentation including plant layouts, equipment specifications, process standards, and process best practices
  • Ability to analyze, compare, and recommend process engineering proposals
  • Thorough hands-on knowledge of:
    • P&IDs
    • Block and Process Flow Diagrams
    • Sequence of Operations
    • Change Management
    • Design Management
    • TPM
    • Six Sigma
    • Lean Manufacturing
    • PSM


Education and Experience (Requirements):

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline from an accredited College or University.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience with dairy/yogurt processing project experience, 7+ years preferred
  • Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing certification(s) a plus


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong process engineering knowledge with mechanical/electrical/controls aptitude
  • Must be highly self-directed and able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Communicate effectively across all levels within organization
  • Work collaboratively and build effective relationships with others
  • Flexible to consider additional information or ideas when formulating solutions
  • The ability to use knowledge, facts, data and professional insights to effectively solve problems and put in place best practice solutions
  • Must be exceptionally organized and self-disciplined to accommodate the management of concurrent multiple projects
  • Fast learner and quickly adapts to change
  • Must have fully developed written and presentation skills
  • Solid understanding of food safety regulations – PMO, 3A and FDA Food Safety knowledge / experience required
  • Formal Management of Change (MOC) experience is a plus
  • Experience and working knowledge of Allen Bradley/ Rockwell PLC programming a plus
  • Plant Based Beverage (PBB) experience a plus
  • Travel required up to 65% or as required by the project’s success and schedule


Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion. #LI-NORAM

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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