Aseptic Process Engineer
Kroger Manufacturing
Denver, CO

About $69,000 - $93,000 a year

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Summary:
Provide technical expertise and process guidance in the area of aseptic liquid processing and packaging for all food manufacturing plants. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the entire plant in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Provide leadership that embodies our 7 Kroger Manufacturing High Performance Work System principles. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:
Function as a contributor in the development of Kroger Manufacturing’s aseptic product strategy
Create detailed engineering and design plans for aseptic food products ranging from dairy products, juices, blended products, viscous concentrates and pastes
Optimize, troubleshoot and maintain existing aseptic manufacturing lines to improve quality, productivity and safety
Prepare conceptual process and packaging designs which can enhance existing or new aseptic product portfolio
Manage multiple assigned projects establishing manpower, budgets, scheduling, equipment, and materials
Evaluate and present appropriate current and new equipment and technology
Prepare process analysis of existing processing technologies and systems
Conduct feasibility studies and cost-benefit analysis
Participate in industry tradeshows and technical conferences to identify new technologies and innovations in aseptic processing and packaging applicable to the Kroger Company
Incorporate personnel safety, food safety and regulatory requirements into all solutions
Maintain an up-to-date awareness of Federal, State, and Local engineering codes and regulations
Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements
Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF Systems
Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or a related field
6 years of progressive engineering experience in food/beverage manufacturing and dairy processing
3 years of Aseptic dairy process experience
Strong oral/written communication skills
Relevant technical expertise and application knowledge of aseptic processing and packaging
Demonstrated interpersonal skills with strong grasp of engineering disciplines, plant operations and construction
Experience formulating and executing plans that when complete, met pre-defined project goals
Proficient in Microsoft office; adept at project scheduling and spreadsheet
Ability to travel significantly (75%)

Desired Previous Job Experience:
Experience in the food manufacturing industry with a strong preference for dairy or beverage
Proven experience in food safety, hygienic design, aseptic, beverage, dairy and juice design standards
Knowledge of other liquid food and beverage processing technologies including extended shelf-life (ESL), ultra clean and hot fill a plus
Capital project management experience
Capital project management >$1MM (pay level - 10)

Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
Regions: Midwest; Mountain; West

States: Colorado