S17-039 Process Engineer #S17-039

Department Engineering | Location Sandpoint, ID Manufacturing


Position Title: Process Engineer

Pay Classification: Exempt

Department: Engineering     

Location: Sandpoint, ID

Title of Supervisor: Director of Engineering

Starting Wage: DOE

Closing Date: Open Until Filled



Purpose and Scope

The Plant Engineer will be responsible for providing engineering support for plant operations, with an emphasis on system reliability.  This position will be responsible for providing technical direction and recommendations to plant operations, focusing on process management and plant preventative and predictive maintenance programs. 


Guiding Principles-Culture-Service:

  • Responsible for driving the Litehouse culture through company guiding principles

  • Accountable for outstanding customer service to all internal and external customers

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships through collaboration and consistent timely communication

  • Help uphold a “Team Member” environment supporting others with positive behavior


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the plant preventative and predictive maintenance systems and development of metrics to measure performance on a regular basis.

  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to promote consistency, reliability and quality control.

  • Manage budget on capital expenditures in a fiscally responsible matter.

  • Assist with annual budget planning and implementation of capital projects.

  • Evaluate packaging equipment; this includes feasibility to run on existing equipment, as well as, detailed recommendations and planning for new equipment.

  • Initiate purchase requisitions as needed; coordinate and direct third-party contractors and consultants to ensure compliance with contract requirements.

  • Implement project improvements that drive manufacturing performance in speed, waste reduction, cost reduction and quality.

  • Provide engineering oversight and recommendations to the facility infrastructure (boilers, HVAC, compressed air, power transmission etc.).

  • Plan, direct and coordinate activities concerned with design, construction, modification and maintenance of equipment and machinery in an industrial plant.Provide oversight and support for all activities that occur.

  • Ensure plant compliance to Federal, State and Corporate environmental laws, rules & regulations.

  • Coordinate with other key business partners in plant compliance to all environmental laws and regulations.

  • Interface with governmental and corporate auditors as needed. Environmental programs/areas include hazardous materials/waste management, environmental noise and lighting management, air quality management, storm water and training of plant personnel in same.

  • Troubleshoot equipment operating issues and recommending short-term and longer-term resolutions.

  • Define and resolve process problems through individual and team-based continuous improvement activities and structured problem solving methods.

  • Review and provide input for implementation of training programs for engineering and facilities team members.

  • Make observations and take measurements directly, as well as collecting and interpreting data from the other technical and operating staff involved in order to develop and implement process improvement.

  • Work closely with the operators and staff who oversee quality control of raw materials, finished products, plant maintenance, product specifications and production schedules;

  • Identify root causes and recommending the appropriate corrective actions proactively.

  • Maintain plant engineering technical library, including all drawings, specifications, manuals and warrantees.

  • Promote a culture that reinforces Company’s values and expectations.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications Required to Perform Work:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field

  • 4-5 years’ work experience, preferably in the manufacturing industry


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in all MS Office products and CAD/CAM.

  • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

  • Ability to multi-task, work independently, and in teams.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Highly self-motivated and takes initiative with a “hands-on” approach.

  • Experience reading and understanding blue prints, electrical schematics and technical documents

  • Experience managing, working with and negotiating with suppliers and/or vendors


Physical Demands/Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Day to day work includes:

  • Frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

  • Occasionally required to stand and walk; lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

  • Occasionally required to lift/move/push/pull up to 50 lbs with assistance.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and wet.

  • Travel 10-15%


The duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Litehouse, Inc. is a 100% Employee Owned Company-EEO-AA

We invite all interested parties with the qualifications for this position to complete our online application.

Interested applicants should apply at www.litehousefoods.com

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