Senior Process Engineer (Mfg)

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Senior Process Engineer is responsible for supporting the Company’s strategic objectives through development of the optimum, most cost-effective process technologies used to manufacture HCC’s products, both directly and indirectly. This position will provide Process Engineering subject matter expertise (SME) on all aspects of the manufacturing process; maximizing total effective equipment performance (TEEP), reducing operating costs, and maximizing sustainability through water reclamation and reuse.

Job Responsibilities

  • Use end-to-end thinking to deliver process solutions company-wide. Find win:win solutions that deliver the optimal balance across company KPIs and total cost of ownership (TCO) for all parties.
  • Set and manage Process Engineering standards for Manufacturing, Sanitation, Utility, and Water Reclamation processes.
  • Support Manufacturing teams by providing operational guidance, critical input to Problem Solving processes, and operational best practices based on Process design.
  • Design and Lead major strategic Projects and Programs using Project Management methodologies.
  • Effectively collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to obtain desired Project outcomes.
  • Stay up to date on latest available technologies, industry direction, and trends to continuously improve HCC’s technology portfolio.

What You Will Need

  • B.S. in Chemical, Biochemical, or Environmental Engineering, or related field plus 5 years’ manufacturing experience, or M.S. in Chemical, Biochemical, or Environmental Engineering, or related field plus 3 years’ manufacturing experience
  • Ability to complete mass and energy balances
  • Experience collecting analyzing production data using statistical techniques
  • Ability to develop operational models of plant processes
  • Experience with writing functional descriptions of physical processes
  • Intermediate experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

What Will Put You Ahead

  • B.S. in Chemical, Biochemical, or Environmental Engineering, or related field plus 7 years’ manufacturing experience, or M.S. in Chemical, Biochemical, or Environmental Engineering, or related field plus 5 years’ manufacturing experience
  • 3+ years’ experience with process optimization in the Food and/or Dairy industry
  • Experience with clean-in-place (CIP) system design and operational principles
  • Knowledge of the Engineering principles, design, and operation of physio-chemical, anaerobic and aerobic wastewater treatment systems in the dairy industry
  • Knowledge of integrated water reclamation/reuse within a manufacturing facility
  • Project Management certifications, such as PMP or CAPM
  • Certification or direct experience with formal Problem Solving methodologies
  • Experience with process modeling software (GPSX, Matlab, Aspen, etc.)
  • Experience with statistical analysis software (Minitab, JMP, etc.)

Physical Demands

The work is primarily performed in an office environment and the physical demands are characteristic of a mostly sedentary role.  Specific details of the essential functions of the position is available in the Job Safety Analysis, made available on request. 

Work Environment

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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4D:Salary Range: USD (85722.4 - 128583.6) ANN 

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